Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Texans C Nick Martin (ankle) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

A 2016 second-round pick, Martin missed his entire rookie year on IR. He’ll be full healthy for Houston’s offseason program. Martin should push Greg Mancz for the starting center job.
Jan 21 - 8:01 PM

Texans CB Kevin Johnson (foot surgery) expects to be ready for offseason workouts.

Johnson spent the final 11 weeks on IR after suffering a Jones re-fracture. He’ll be moved slowly but could get in some work at OTAs. With A.J. Bouye a free agent, Johnson’s in line to open 2017 as Houston’s No. 3 corner.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 7:54 PM

Second-year NT D.J. Reader is expected to replace Vince Wilfork as the starter in 2017.

Wilfork is expected to retire. The No. 166 overall pick in last year's draft, Reader played 477 snaps as a rookie and made eight starts. "Reader is one of the better young defensive linemen I've been around in the NFL," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a really good young player that has a really good future."
Jan 20 - 10:06 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien will call the Texans' offensive plays in 2017.

Houston fired OC George Godsey on Tuesday, and the team has no plans to hire a new offensive coordinator. O'Brien called the plays most of this past season anyway, so it's not much of a shakeup on offense.
Jan 18 - 11:49 AM

Texans DC Romeo Crennel is expected to remain with the team as assistant head coach.

LBs coach Mike Vrabel is being promoted to defensive coordinator, but Crennel, whose contract expires next week, is expected to stay on staff. That way the Texans don't lose any important coaches, and Vrabel gets a promotion out of it to keep him away from teams still searching for defensive play-callers. Crennel will turn 70 later this year (in June).
Jan 18 - 9:57 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Texans are promoting LBs coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator.

Current DC Romeo Crennel's contract is expiring, but he's expected to return as the assistant head coach, according to Breer. Houston didn't want to lose either coach, and Vrabel had been linked to the 49ers' defensive-coordinator opening once Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan accepts the head-coaching job. Vrabel's star has been getting brighter the past couple years. He was connected to the Rams' head-coaching job last week but never formally interviewed for it.
Jan 18 - 9:22 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said, "We want [impending free agent CB] A.J. Bouye back."

"Just in talking to people around the league that I really trust, I think he’s viewed as a top corner," O'Brien said. "We really want him back and hopefully we can get something done where he can be back, but it’s tough." It is tough because Bouye is hitting free agency at the perfect time after a career year in his age-25 season. The corner did say he would like to return to Houston, however, and the Texans have a reasonable amount of cap space for 2017, although they also have a lot already invested in CBs Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph. Along with addressing the quarterback situation, figuring out what to do with Bouye should be one of the Texans' top priorities this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 11:11 AM

Texans DC Romeo Crennel said he has no intention to retire.

The question is important because Crennel just finished the final year of his contract in Houston. One of the best coordinators in the game, re-signing Crennel should be one of the Texans' first priorities this offseason, and it sounds like coach Bill O'Brien knows it. "I can tell you Romeo is a great coach and just means a lot to me personally," O'Brien said. "We would love to have Romeo back here." The two sides should work something out.
Jan 17 - 10:34 AM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports "it wouldn't be a surprise" if coach Bill O'Brien decides to take over the offensive coordinator position.

Houston is on the hunt for a new OC after "mutually parting ways" with George Godsey on Monday. O'Brien took over play-calling duties from Godsey early in the season before sharing those responsibilities down the stretch, so it would not be a big leap for him to take over as the primary play-caller in 2017. The Texans will almost certainly give someone the "OC" title, but O'Brien should run the show moving forward.
Jan 17 - 10:27 AM

Texans signed RB Kenny Hilliard, DE Brandon Dunn, TE RaShaun Allen, OT Laurence Gibson, WR Tevin Jones, OLB Eric Lee, ILB Shakeel Rashad, and OG Chad Slade to reserve/future contracts.

They all finished the season on Houston's practice squad. Hilliard often impresses in preseason games, but he's been unable to get past Alfred Blue for the past two seasons.
Jan 16 - 5:02 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports J.J. Watt (back surgery) is "ahead of schedule."

Per reporter Aaron Wilson, there's "hope" Watt will do "some" work during OTAs. Noticeably thinner on the sideline during the playoffs, Watt had to shed weight to lessen the load on his surgically-repaired back. He's now in the early stages of bulking back up. Returning from back surgery — this is Watt's second — is rarely straightforward, but he's expected to be ready well ahead of Week 1.
Jan 16 - 2:34 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) remains without a timetable for return.

Newton tore the patellar tendons in both of his knees on the same play back in Week 7. It's a very rare injury and one that has proven extremely difficult to come back from, as even one patellar tendon tear comes with a lengthy recovery. We'd be surprised if Newton is ready for Week 1.
Jan 16 - 12:56 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien said it's "too early to know" if Brock Osweiler will be the Texans' starting quarterback in 2017.

The Texans handed Osweiler $37 million guaranteed last offseason, and he proceeded to be a total disaster and the main reason the Texans were held back from bigger and better things. His $16 million salary for 2017 is guaranteed, and Osweiler carries a $19 million cap hit. He would count $25 million against the cap if the Texans release or trade him. There just don't seem to be many other avenues for the Texans to travel unless they make a run at Tony Romo.
Jan 16 - 12:51 PM

Impending free agent CB A.J. Bouye said he wants to re-sign with the Texans.

Bouye, 25, opened the summer as the Texans' No. 4 corner but elevated his play to the point he was Houston's top corner by season's end. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 6 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers, allowing just two touchdowns and breaking up 11 passes. With youth on his side, Bouye is arguably the top impending free agent corner set to hit the market.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 12:02 PM

Johnathan Joseph said he has no plans to retire.

"I feel good, finished up really strong down the stretch," said the 32-year-old after Saturday's Divisional Round loss to New England. "As long as my body is letting me do that, I'm looking forward to playing each and every year." Joseph has one year remaining on his contract and is still one of the more effective cornerbacks in the league when healthy. He's tied for 13th among active players with 26 career interceptions.
Jan 15 - 8:25 AM


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