Player News - Texans

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Texans coach Bill O'Brien is unsure if Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will be on a snap count in the opener.

The implication being, not only will Clowney be active, he could be full steam. It's the best-case scenario for Clowney after he was held out of practice until August 20. Ultimately, a snap count is likely, but Clowney's recovery appears to be exceeding the Texans' expectations. If Clowney can simply resemble the form that made him the top pick of last year's draft, the Texans are going to have one of the league's most terrifying pass rushing duos.
Sep 4 - 3:11 PM

Texans third-string QB Tom Savage suffered a "severe" right shoulder sprain in Thursday night's preseason finale.

It's actually good news because the initial fears were Savage might have broken his collarbone or separated his throwing shoulder. Savage is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks. He's behind Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett in Houston.
Sep 4 - 2:10 PM

Texans QB Tom Savage exited the team's fourth preseason game with an apparent right shoulder (throwing) injury.

Savage's shoulder was driven into the ground after he made a throw in the fourth quarter. He left to the locker room for X-rays and is done for the game. Savage completed 18-of-30 passes for 135 yards, two touchdowns and an interception before leaving.
Sep 3 - 11:12 PM

Eddie Pleasant is the front-runner for the Texans' open strong safety job.

Dre Hal started the first preseason game, but Pleasant has opened up each of the last two. A box safety who should be an asset in the run game, Pleasant is a better like-for-like replacement for D.J. Swearinger than Hal. He should open the season in the starting lineup.
Sep 3 - 8:16 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien expressed disappointment in the team's running game.

"I think our running game, at times, has been decent, but it’s too inconsistent," O'Brien said. "I think there have been times where we see glimpses of what it can be, but we’ve got to be a lot more consistent." Alfred Blue has averaged 4.8 yards per carry this preseason, but that average is inflated by a long run in the first game. Blue has averaged 2.75 yards per carry the last two games, and every other Texans back is under 3.5 YPC. Blue should handle the early-down work as long as Arian Foster is sidelined, but he is not a inspiring fantasy option.
Sep 1 - 1:35 PM

Texans placed G/T David Quessenberry (lymphoma) on the reserve/NFI list.

Quessenberry was sidelined all of 2014 while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. He will miss at least the first six games of the season, but the fact that he has a shot of playing this season is a great story. Houston also waived/injured S Terrence Parks and TE Anthony Denham and waived LB Jeff Tarpinian and P Will Johnson.
Sep 1 - 1:07 PM

Texans acquired OT Chris Clark from the Broncos in exchange for a 2016 seventh-round pick.

Clark started seven games at right tackle for the Broncos last season, but he spent this offseason behind rookie Ty Sambrailo at left tackle. Clark can play left tackle, so he will be good insurance if Duane Brown (finger) is unable to play Week 1.
Aug 31 - 10:36 AM

Texans RB Chris Polk rushed 11 times for 22 yards in Sunday night's third preseason game.

Polk was the Texans' No. 3 back in this one, playing behind Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes, but still seeing some work with the Brian Hoyer offense. Through three preseason games, Polk has 87 yards on 28 carries (3.11 YPC), adding six catches for 55 yards. The Texans may run something of an RBBC until Arian Foster returns, mixing in Polk for a handful of touches per game.
Aug 30 - 8:07 PM

Texans third-round pick Jaelen Strong caught five balls for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's third preseason game.

Strong got work with the Brian Hoyer offense, but primarily ran with the second-team receiver rotation opposite fellow rookie Keith Mumphery. Strong used his size and strength to battle when Ryan Mallett entered the game, hooking up with Mallett on a six-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Strong is behind DeAndre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts, and apparently Nate Washington on the depth chart, but should ascend as the season moves along. Through three preseason weeks, Strong has seven catches for 55 yards and two TDs.
Aug 30 - 7:18 PM

Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz was held catch-less in Sunday night's third preseason game.

Although Fiedorowicz stayed quiet in the passing game, it's noteworthy that he started and was a clear member of Houston's first-team offense. Fiedorowicz was an early third-round pick in the 2014 draft. The Texans need a complementary pass catcher to step up beyond DeAndre Hopkins. Fiedorowicz stayed on with the Ryan Mallett group and saw an end-zone target, but Mallett's throw was too far wide. Through three preseason contests, Fiedorowicz has two catches for 12 yards.
Aug 30 - 7:07 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed three times for 14 yards in the Texans' third preseason game.

Grimes was the second Texans tailback through the rotation, playing behind Alfred Blue and ahead of both Chris Polk and Kenny Hilliard. Grimes played briefly with both the Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett groups before exiting so the Texans could get longer looks at Polk and Hilliard. Through three preseason games, Grimes has 13 carries for 41 yards and three catches for 22 yards.
Aug 30 - 6:57 PM

Cecil Shorts caught one pass for 12 yards in the Texans' third preseason game.

Shorts continued to run with the ones along with DeAndre Hopkins, breaking a tackle and picking up a first down on Houston's first drive. Through three exhibition games, Shorts has two catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. The fact that the oft-injured Shorts has remained healthy throughout training camp bodes particularly well. Shorts is a PPR sleeper in deeper leagues.
Aug 30 - 6:41 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 9-of-17 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' third preseason game.

Brian Hoyer played just about a quarter, giving Mallett lots of run in the first half and into the third quarter. The offense largely sputtered after Hoyer left, but Mallett did throw a rocket for a would-be 15-yard touchdown to TE Ryan Griffin, only for Griffin to bobble the ball on the way down and have the score negated. Mallett finally got the offense moving on a third-quarter drive against the Saints' reserve defense, hitting Jaelen Strong for a six-yard score. Mallett is very clearly the backup to Hoyer in Houston and didn't even make it a race this preseason.
Aug 30 - 6:25 PM

DeAndre Hopkins caught one pass for 29 yards in the Texans' third preseason game.

Hopkins caught the first completion of the game, whipping Saints top CB Keenan Lewis down the right sideline for a beautiful Willie Mays-ish over-the-shoulder catch, gaining 29 yards. Hopkins was robbed of a first-quarter touchdown when officials ruled he bobbled the ball on the way down from a would-be 19-yard score. Although it occurred in a tiny sample size, Brian Hoyer and Hopkins appeared to flash chemistry in this one.
Aug 30 - 5:28 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 7-of-11 passes for 82 yards in the Texans' third preseason game.

Hoyer's first completion went deep down the sideline to DeAndre Hopkins, gaining 29 yards over the top of Saints top CB Keenan Lewis. Hoyer led a touchdown drive on Houston's opening possession, hitting Hopkins and Cecil Shorts for the big gains before Alfred Blue dove in from a yard out to cap it. Through three preseason weeks, Hoyer is an efficient 16-of-26 passing for 201 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 58-yard bomb to Shorts.
Aug 30 - 5:12 PM

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