Player News - Texans

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Texans WR Cecil Shorts said new QB Brock Osweiler has been "like a student" this offseason.

"Very professional," Shorts continued. "I can see what he learned from 18 [Peyton Manning]." In a deep look at his first offseason with the Texans (linked below), Osweiler said he is excited for the "challenge" of learning a new offense and integrating himself with a new organization. If comments from his coaches and teammates are to be believed, he appears to be doing well on both fronts. Houston should remain a run-first attack, but Osweiler could potentially add an important edge in the passing game.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 11:24 AM

Texans TEs coach John Perry recently talked up Ryan Griffin.

"Ryan gives us ability in a lot of respects," Perry said. "He's not just one-dimensional. He can be effective in the pass game. He can be effective as a blocker." Griffin has loads of ability at 6'6/254, but hasn't been able to get on the field or stay on it through three seasons. He missed half of last year with a sprained MCL but still set career-highs across the board with a 20-251-2 line. Houston rivaled the Jets for the league's worst tight-end situation last season.
Jun 29 - 11:11 AM

Texans TE coach John Perry said UDFA rookie Stephen Anderson has "taken advantage" of his opportunities.

"He's come out and really put in a great effort every day," Perry said. "He's picked up things very quickly and, on top of that, he's got great athleticism. He's got good hands." Anderson also earned praise earlier this offseason from coach Bill O'Brien, although the coach cautioned the "true test will come in training camp." It is early, but it looks like Anderson has a great shot to crack the final roster.
Jun 27 - 12:27 PM

Texans second-year DT Christian Covington is a candidate to start at right defensive end.

The Texans have an opening there following Jared Crick's departure this offseason. His primary competition will come from former Bengal Devon Still. Covington is making the transition to edge rusher after spending most of his first year as a backup nose tackle. He's maintained his speed despite bulking up to 310 pounds this offseason.
Jun 26 - 11:05 AM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney showcased a "bulkier" upper body at OTAs.

He improved his physique this offseason by working closely with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald. Clowney enjoyed an injury-free spring, missing just one practice while battling the flu. "When he's been on the field, he's been pretty disruptive, pretty impactful," said GM Rick Smith. "Hopefully, he's had his share of [injuries] and he'll be on the field consistently." Clowney's immense talent has never been up for debate. But after missing 15 of his first 32 NFL games, Clowney faces real concerns about his durability.
Jun 26 - 10:56 AM

Texans signed No. 21 overall pick WR Will Fuller to a four-year, $10.164 million contract.

Like all first-rounders, Fuller's deal includes a fifth-year option. The Texans have now agreed to terms with all six of their picks from the 2016 draft. The Notre Dame product will function as a deep threat opposite All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins.
Jun 26 - 9:17 AM

Texans fourth-round RB Tyler Ervin (quad) should be ready for training camp.

Ervin was sidelined for the late stages of OTAs/minicamp, but his status isn’t a concern. Alfred Blue is the favorite to back up Lamar Miller after last year’s strong finish. Ervin’s missed reps are a setback, but he has potential to open the season in the No. 2 role.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 3:29 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has improved in the passing game.

"I think one of the things that you’ve seen him do during this offseason program is get better in the passing game," O'Brien said. "He’s more instinctive. He knows the plays better. He’s a really, really hard worker." A 2014 third-rounder, Fiedorowicz has just 21 career catches in 31 games. Even if he has shown improvement in the passing game, he is not going to be a fantasy option this season.
Jun 25 - 1:44 PM

Texans WRs coach Sean Ryan was pleased with undrafted rookie Wendall Williams' performance at OTAs.

"I was happy," said Ryan. "There was a learning curve for him, but he's another guy who's really dedicated to learning and making some strides. The speed, you can't teach that." Williams was a track star in college and timed an official 4.32 forty leading up to the draft. The 25-year-old is hoping to make the team as a gadget player in the mold of Tavon Austin or Percy Harvin. He scored 15 touchdowns in his senior year at University of the Cumberlands, logging eight receiving touchdowns, three rushing scores and four return touchdowns (three kickoffs, one punt return).
Jun 24 - 4:25 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said LG Xavier Su'a-Filo "has definitely improved."

"He’s in better shape. He understands our system better," O'Brien said. "The key for linemen on both sides of the ball is when the pads go on ... but to this point, in the unpadded practices, he has made a lot of improvement." Su'a-Filo started the final nine games including the playoffs at left guard last season. He will have to beat out Tony Bergstrom for the job this year.
Jun 24 - 9:43 AM

Texans NT Vince Wilfork said he still has "a couple more good years."

Wilfork will be 35 in November, but he does not think his body will break down anytime soon. "I think, mentally, it'll go before my body will," he said. "To play this game, you have to be mentally there. If you're not mentally there, I don't care who you are. You won't make it." Wilfork is only a two-down player at this point, but he remained one of the top run-stuffing nose tackles in the league last season. If he is able to stay healthy, there is little reason to expect a falloff this year.
Jun 20 - 9:11 AM

Texans DE Devon Still is competing for the starting job opposite J.J. Watt.

2015 starter Jared Crick signed with the Broncos, leaving Still, Christian Covington, and Brandon Dunn as the competitors opposite All-Pro Watt. It's not a particularly fruitful position and involves a lot of dirty work. Still's daughter, Leah, was an inspiring off-field story, but Still didn't crack a roster last season.
Jun 19 - 10:52 AM

Texans WR Cecil Shorts agreed to a $1 million pay cut.

His base salary was slashed from $2.7 million to $1.2 million, but he can earn $500,000 of the cut back via a roster bonus. The only veteran on the depth chart behind DeAndre Hopkins, Shorts likely ensured his spot on the roster by accepting the pay cut. He will try to hold off first-rounder Will Fuller and sophomore Jaelen Strong for the No. 2 job.
Jun 18 - 11:30 AM

DeAndre Hopkins ran the most routes (651) in the league last season.

He also saw 31.6 percent of the available targets in Houston, the fourth-highest clip in the league. After running the most plays and throwing the ninth-most passes last season, the Texans went out and signed Lamar Miller in free agency and added receiver help with first-rounder Will Fuller and third-rounder Braxton Miller. With both the pace and pass percentage likely to decline and more weapons around him, Hopkins will certainly see a decline in his target totals, but he is still one of the most talented receivers in the league and a sure-fire WR1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 11:06 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien singled out second-year ILB Benardrick McKinney as a player who "has really improved during the offseason."

"McKinney is a guy that really understands our defense well right now," O'Brien said. "He has got a very unique skill set, can do a lot of different things. I think he’s a guy who has improved quite a bit." McKinney is 6'4/246 and ran a 4.65 forty with a 40 1/2" vertical. A 12-game starter as a rookie, McKinney is a candidate for a big sophomore leap if he can play all three downs.
Jun 17 - 10:33 AM


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