Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Texans DL Christian Covington (arm) has been cleared for football activities.

Covington missed the final nine games last season but should be fully healthy for OTAs. He'll return as a rotational end opposite J.J. Watt.
Feb 14 - 6:06 PM

C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussions) admits he is considering retirement.

Fiedorowicz did say he was planning to report to OTAs. Fiedorowicz has suffered four concussions since December 2016. If he can get cleared for 2018, it will be his age-27 season.
Feb 12 - 2:01 PM

D'Onta Foreman had all charges dismissed from his July arrest.

With all charges being dismissed, Foreman's agent said the NFL will not pursue disciplinary action. This is good news for a player who showed a lot of promise as a rookie. Coming off a torn Achilles', Foreman will try to be ready for training camp.
Feb 10 - 11:00 AM

Deshaun Watson resumed running on Monday as part of his rehab from last November's torn ACL.

The Texans say Watson is ahead of schedule, and NFL Network reported Watson is expected to be on the field at OTAs, further indicating a so-far-fast recovery. Watson tore his right ACL on November 2 after tearing his left ACL in 2014 at Clemson. Watson was sensational as a rookie, outscoring all fantasy quarterbacks by a whopping six points per game in his Weeks 2-8 run as a starter.
Feb 5 - 4:49 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Deshaun Watson (ACL) is expected to be "on the field throwing with his teammates during 7-on-7 drills" in OTAs.

Per Rapsheet, Watson's rehab has been "accelerated." He is recovering from a "clean" tear of his ACL, a tear that included no other damage to his knee. It's looking likely that Watson will be full-go for training camp.
Feb 1 - 4:15 PM

Texans ILB Benardrick McKinney plans to drop ten pounds this offseason.

McKinney is one of the NFL's premier run-stopping inside linebackers, but he brings little to the table as a pass rusher and coverage 'backer. Shedding some weight may improve McKinney's agility and burst. 2018 will be McKinney's contract year. He has just three career pass breakups despite having made 46 starts.
Jan 26 - 11:34 PM

Texans hired John Pagano as a senior defensive assistant.

Pagano closed out 2017 as Oakland's defensive coordinator after Ken Norton Jr was fired. He ran the Chargers' defense from 2012-16 and brings a ton of experience in 3-4 schemes. Pagano is taking over the role Romeo Crennel held last year. He'll focus on developing Houston's outside linebackers.
Jan 26 - 5:14 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Vikings will interview Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Ryan is currently at the Senior Bowl, so the interview will take place on Monday. Coach Bill O'Brien said Ryan is interested in calling plays, something he would certainly be asked to do in Minnesota. Ryan also interviewed for the Browns earlier this month.
Jan 25 - 8:54 AM

The Texans plan to move Romeo Crennel back to defensive coordinator.

Crennel spent last season as an assistant head coach after Mike Vrabel was promoted to defensive coordinator. With Vrabel gone, he'll resume playcalling duties for the Texans. Crennel is one of the best schemers in the league, so there won't be any dropoff. Houston had the top-ranked defense under Crennel in 2016.
Jan 20 - 6:37 PM

New Texans GM Brian Gaine said a contract extension for Jadeveon Clowney is "on the horizon."

"Right now, I'm in an evaluative period in terms of studying the roster and studying the team and learning the players in terms of how they performed," said Gaine at his introductory press conference. "But certainly a player that's valued by the Texans organization, and in time, as we go through that process, we'll arrive to that conclusion." Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle suggests Clowney's next contract could surpass the six-year, $114.1 million deal inked by Von Miller in 2016. That would make Clowney the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. The former first overall pick will earn $13.846 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Jan 17 - 7:52 PM

Texans hired Brian Gaine to be their general manager.

Gaine was given a five-year deal along with coach Bill O'Brien, a move which both locks the two together and confirms EVP Rick Smith will have a greatly reduced role when he returns from leave. The director of player personnel in Houston before he took a job with the Bills, Gaine was immediately the favorite for the job once the Texans entered the market for a new general manager. Gaine has some holes to fill on both sides of the ball, but he is inheriting a strong roster which should be competitive as long as Deshaun Watson's health cooperates.
Jan 13 - 10:30 AM

Texans signed Bill O'Brien to a four-year extension through 2022.

New GM Brian Gaine landed a five-year contract, locking he and the coach together. O'Brien is only 31-33 through four seasons, but that record can mostly be attributed to terrible quarterback play from the likes of Tom Savage, Brock Osweiler, and T. J. Yates. Luckily, the Texans moved up in last year's draft to grab Deshaun Watson, who looks like their franchise quarterback. Watson also made it clear he wanted O'Brien to stay. O'Brien's return is good news for pass-catchers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller as the offense remains intact.
Jan 13 - 10:07 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are expected to hire Bills VP of player personnel Brian Gaine as their GM.

He's long been the favorite to replace Rick Smith, who is stepping away to care for his ailing wife. Gaine is familiar with the Texans, having spent three years in the organization from 2014-16. Brian Gutekunst was also in the running before the Packers promoted him to GM. The Texans struggled to a 4-12 record this year but should return to relevance quickly with J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson coming back from injuries.
Jan 10 - 6:29 PM

The Texans are interviewing VP of Football Operations Jimmy Raye for their GM vacancy on Monday.

Bills VP of Player Personnel Brian Gaine, who is considered the tentative favorite to succeed Rick Smith, will interview on Tuesday. Raye, 49, has spent time as a personnel man in the Chargers, Colts, and Texans' organizations. He arrived in Houston after the Colts' Ryan Grigson-led front office was cleaned out.
Jan 8 - 4:16 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney will undergo a knee scope but will be ready for OTAs.

He won't play in the Pro Bowl for the second straight season after missing it last year for a knee scope. Clowney will likely only be sidelined for about a month. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 5-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker out of 46 qualifiers this season. Clowney had 9.5 sacks and played elite run defense. With one year left on his deal, Clowney is in line for an extension.
Jan 3 - 1:14 PM


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