Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Texans S Andre Hal said he has "put on some weight" this offseason.

"I lifted more this year and gained some strength," Hal said, "and the weight came with the strength." The 2014 seventh-rounder entered the league as a 188-pound corner, but he has worked himself up close to 200 after switching to safety. After holding his own in 11 starts last year, Hal should retain a starting role this season.
May 28 - 12:17 PM

Texans signed third-round WR Braxton Miller to a four-year, $3.114 million contract.

A former star quarterback, Miller is an elite athlete, but has precious little experience at his NFL position. He could eventually represent a big-play threat out of the slot, but might be a frequent healthy scratch as a rookie as he learns the finer points of receiving.
May 26 - 3:32 PM

DeAndre Hopkins says he has "gained a bit of weight" this offseason, and "put on some muscle."

One of Hopkins' offseason priorities was to improve after the catch, and he's apparently determined bulking up is the best course of action. When Hopkins says "a bit of weight," it's probably in the 5-8 pound range, and nothing crazy. Whatever shape Hopkins reports to camp in, he'll be a top-seven fantasy option at receiver.
May 23 - 3:21 PM

J.J. Watt (groin surgery) is working out on the side at OTAs.

The Texans are just taking things easy with their franchise player. Watt is believed to be close to 100 percent. He will start raging once camp rolls around.
May 23 - 3:16 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney's foot issue was a Lisfranc injury, but did not require surgery.

Clowney says he is 100 percent healthy. "I feel great," Clowney said after Monday's OTAs session. "I got healthy enough to be where I want to be." The injury held Clowney out of Week 17 and Houston's humiliating Wild Card loss. The No. 1 overall pick of 2014 draft has appeared in just 17 of a possible 32 games. He's flashed enough when on the field that he can't yet be considered a bust, but 2016 is a crossroads year for the 23-year-old pass rusher.
May 23 - 3:11 PM

Texans signed No. 50 overall pick C Nick Martin to a four-year, $4.774 million contract.

The deal includes $2.78 million guaranteed with a $1.672 million signing bonus. Unlike most rookies, Martin is in a position to see significant snaps right away. The second-round pick has a good chance to open 2016 as Houston's starting center. He'll replace Ben Jones, who left to join the Titans earlier this offseason.
May 13 - 3:03 PM

Brock Osweiler says he’s struggled to pick up the Texans’ offense.

"It’s like you speak Spanish your whole life and then all of a sudden, they tell you to go learn French and do it in front of 70,000 people," Osweiler said. "There’s some carryover from my previous years. It’s not like I’m a complete rookie with no base, but obviously there’s a lot of new things." Osweiler is in the early stages of comprehending Bill O’Brien’s scheme. We suspect this is an overblown story so early in the offseason. The Texans are fully invested in Osweiler after giving him $37 million guaranteed on a four-year, $72 million deal.
May 11 - 6:57 PM

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph is recovering from "minor arthroscopic" knee surgery, but has already resumed running.

"Minor" surgeries often become more major as the offseason drags on, but there's no reason to doubt the team's account in this instance. Joseph suffered a knee injury in late November, but didn't miss any games. Now 32, Joseph remained highly effective in 2015.
May 10 - 7:52 PM

Texans S Lonnie Ballentine (PCL, MCL) is "hopeful" he'll be ready for training camp.

The reserve linebacker and special teamer tore up his knee last October. If he's not 100 percent healthy for camp, Ballentine is going to have a difficult time cracking the Texans' 53-man roster.
May 10 - 3:39 PM

Texans signed fourth-round RB Tyler Ervin to a four-year, $2.887 million contract.

An "offensive weapon" type, Ervin is an all-purpose player who could contribute immediately on returns. Ervin is a slight 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, but has 4.41 wheels and truly explosive athleticism. Ervin could make an immediate impact on special teams.
May 5 - 9:12 PM

Texans signed No. 166 overall pick NT D.J. Reader to a four-year contract.

A classic two-down run stuffer, Reader has faced questions about his conditioning. He could end up spending a year on the practice squad.
May 5 - 5:43 PM

Texans signed No. 159 overall pick S K.J. Dillon to a four-year, $2.798 million contract.

Dillon is a 'tweener at safety with questionable athleticism. His summer will be focused on carving out a role on special teams.
May 5 - 5:16 PM

Texans LT Duane Brown successfully appealed a 10-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy by proving his positive test was triggered by tainted Mexican meat.

It's why the NFLPA warned players on Tuesday that excessive meat consumption in Mexico and China could trigger a positive test. The Raiders and Texans are set to play in Mexico City on Nov. 21. Brown's ban was set for 10 games instead of four because he previously failed a test in 2010.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 7:33 PM

Texans G/T David Quessenberry hopes to resume his career in 2016 after missing the past two seasons as he underwent cancer treatments.

"I'm very happy about how everything is going," Quessenberry said. "I feel great." Quessenberry did add he still might need to add some weight. The No. 176 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Quessenberry missed his entire rookie year with a foot injury, and has never played an NFL down. He turns 26 in August.
May 3 - 6:17 PM

Texans signed San Jose State CB Cleveland Wallace.

Wallace (5'11/188) spent two years as a Spartan after transferring from Washington, tallying four interceptions and 22 pass breakups. Only an honorable mention All-Mountain West pick in 2015, Wallace fared poorly in Indy with a 4.68 forty and 35 1/2-inch vertical. A matador as a tackler and lacking NFL-level size and speed, Wallace will have a tough time hanging around.
May 3 - 12:07 PM


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