Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Texans claimed OT Roderick Johnson off waivers from the Browns.

It's a solid landing spot for Johnson, with Julie'n Davenport, Seantrel Hendersonn and rookie Martinas Rankin atop Houston's tackle depth chart. Johnson is coming off a lost rookie year but should have a decent chance to make the Texans' 53-man roster.
Jun 20 - 5:04 PM

Browns waived OT Roderick Johnson.

Cleveland traded up to take Johnson in the fifth round at No. 160 overall in last year's draft. The former Florida State Seminole played zero snaps as a rookie. The two-time Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner should get another shot.
Jun 20 - 9:26 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans view fourth-round Keke Coutee as an "upgrade" on Braxton Miller in the slot.

"He's done everything we've asked him to do," WRs coach John Perry said. "If he continues to do that, I can see him moving forward." Coutee has 4.43 speed but checks in at just 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. If he doesn't establish himself in the slot, he should serve as a situational deep threat. Miller is eminently beatable in a competition, however.
Jun 19 - 7:40 PM

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, it "remains up in the air" whether D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) will be ready for Week 1 against the Patriots.

"At this point, it's just when I feel ready to go and when the trainers and everybody feels it's best for me to get on the field and play a game," said Foreman. The 22-year-old was having an impressive rookie year before he went down with a ruptured Achilles in Week 11. Foreman sat out OTAs but said his rehab is going "really well" and hopes to be ready at some point during training camp. When healthy, the former Texas Longhorn will occupy a change-of-pace role behind starter Lamar Miller.
Jun 17 - 12:18 PM

Texans signed ILB Benardrick McKinney to a five-year, $50 million extension through 2023.

The deal includes $21 million guaranteed. The No. 43 overall pick of the 2015 draft, McKinney was headed into the final year of his rookie deal. McKinney has been a snap hog and run eraser in the middle of the Texans' defense. He tallied 95 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble last season. He has also been durable, missing just two games in three years, and zero since his rookie season. McKinney could stand to offer more as a blitzer and cover man, something he hinted at with his effort to drop 10 pounds this offseason.
Jun 14 - 8:25 PM

Texans signed third-round OT Martinas Rankin to a four-year contract.

A 'tweener who is starting out his career at tackle, Rankin is recovering from foot surgery. He is expected to be ready some time between the start of camp and Week 1. Rankin, though undersized, could have been in the mix for a starting tackle job, but the injury probably takes him out of the running.
Jun 14 - 1:44 PM

Deshaun Watson (knee) said he is "right where [he needs] to be" in his rehab.

Watson tore his ACL in November. "The knee is doing good," Watson said. "For the nine-week goal we put in from the beginning [of the offseason program], I'm pretty much where I wanted to be." Watson has yet to participate in 11-on-11 drills, but he was spotted practicing without a brace on Tuesday. Barring a setback, he will be ready for camp.
Jun 14 - 8:58 AM

Texans RB/KR Tyler Ervin (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp.

Ervin tore his patellar tendon in Week 4 last season. It’s a brutal injury and pretty surprising Ervin made it through his entire rehab flawlessly at this speed. The 2016 fourth-rounder needs to show he’s back to pre-injury form as he competes for a spot.
Jun 13 - 11:49 AM

Texans rookie Justin Reid is "the leading candidate" to start opposite Tyrann Mathieu.

With Andre Hal sidelined, Reid has been getting reps with the first-team defense. He shouldn't face much competition for the starting role. One of the most pro ready safeties in the draft, Reid could make an immediate impact in the Texans' secondary.
Jun 13 - 11:40 AM

Texans third-round OT Martinas Rankin is recovering from foot surgery and will not be ready for training camp.

Rankin is expected to be ready for Week 1, but it is unclear when he will be cleared between then and now. Rankin suffered the injury in rookie minicamp. "He’s doing well," coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think he’s picked up the things we’ve taught him. He’s picked them up well and I think he has a good future here. We’ll see how it goes." Rankin, who is undersized for a tackle, could have been in the mix at right tackle, but this probably takes him out of it.
Jun 12 - 6:22 PM

Deshaun Watson (knee) was spotted without a brace in Tuesday's minicamp session.

It's yet another positive development in Watson's recovery. Watson has remained limited to individual drills but barring a setback, it appears he will be ready to rock when training camp opens late next month.
Jun 12 - 4:18 PM

Texans WRs coach John Perry said WR Braxton Miller is "on the right path."

The former college quarterback has struggled to establish himself through two seasons, recording just 34 catches for 261 yards and two scores while missing time with injuries, but he has earned praise for his work this offseason. "Braxton came in with a good attitude this spring," Perry said. "He's been able to be competitive on a daily basis and you can see his skill set really improving day to day." Miller will compete with Bruce Ellington and fourth-rounder Keke Coutee for the No. 3 job in camp.
Jun 11 - 11:45 AM

Will Fuller is expected to have a bigger role this season.

Fuller had seven touchdowns in 10 games last year but was limited to 50 targets (28 catches). "Will’s a huge part of what we’re trying to do," WR coach John Perry said. "He creates problems with the way he runs routes, gets behind defenders. He just continues to work on the little things of his trade, which is catching the ball over his shoulder and coming back in the air." Fuller didn't have any drops in 2017 after making five as a rookie. His biggest concern is durability — missing 8-of-16 games the past two seasons. Playing in a Deshaun Watson offense, Fuller is primed for a third-year breakout if he stays healthy.
Jun 9 - 12:41 PM

The Texans don't plan to scale back Deshaun Watson's running this season.

"You never want to take that away, his instincts, ability to make plays," QB coach Sean Ryan said. "You just want to make sure you’re hitting the points of when it’s smart to do those things and when it’s not." Watson has looked "like his usual self" during individual work and 7-on-7 drills. The Texans spent the offseason designing their offense around Watson and have added packages from Clemson's spread scheme. It's possible Watson loses some speed coming off ACL surgery, but the Texans aren't going to limit him to the pocket. Watson has a chance to be fully cleared for training camp.
Jun 9 - 12:06 PM

Texans S Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

"My faith in God and the support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches will see me through this difficult time," Hal said in a statement. "I will not let this diagnosis stop me from fulfilling my dreams and I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I know how to beat this and I will beat it." It is unclear what this means for Hal's football future, but that is obviously a secondary concern at this point. We wish him a fast recovery.
Jun 8 - 3:04 PM


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