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Tyler Ervin
Tyler Ervin could get some work in the slot
Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 8:48 AM
Houston Chronicle
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said RB/KR Tyler Ervin could get some work in the slot moving forward.
Analysis: Ervin was forced into action as a receiver after Keke Coutee aggravated his hamstring injury against the Jaguars, catching one pass for 19 yards. With Coutee expected to sit out Thursday night's game against the Dolphins, Ervin could be asked to play receiver again. "He's a very smart player, so we'll see how that goes for us moving forward," O'Brien said. "We've got a lot of different things we can do in the slot, but he's definitely one guy that we can use there." Even if he gets some receiver snaps, it is tough to see Ervin returning real fantasy value.
Coutee's aggravation 'not considered serious'
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 1:02 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms Keke Coutee's hamstring aggravation is "not considered serious," but that he's expected to miss Week 8.
Analysis: It was Coutee who said he's probably going to miss the Texans' short-week matchup with the Dolphins. Coutee battled hamstring woes from early August through late September, so a minor aggravation is a bullet dodged for the Texans. Vyncint Smith will re-join DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller in three-receiver sets in the interim.
DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins escapes with TD
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 5:01 PM
DeAndre Hopkins caught 3-of-8 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Week 7 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Hopkins scored an early touchdown, and that was about all the Texans needed to take down the Jags in a smooth-sailing 20-7 victory. Hopkins has eight or more targets in 7-of-7 games. A matchup-agnostic WR1, Hopkins can expect to tangle with Xavien Howard's shadow coverage on Thursday Night Football next.
Will Fuller
Healthy at last? Fuller leads HOU in catches
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 4:56 PM
Will Fuller caught 6-of-8 targets for 68 yards in the Texans' Week 7 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Fuller led the team in receiving and tied DeAndre Hopkins for the team lead in targets, a good sign after Fuller spent the last two weeks effectively running wind sprints as a decoy with three targets in each game. Hopefully, finally over his longstanding hamstring injury, Fuller should resume WR2/3 treatment when the Texans face the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football next. Keke Coutee (hamstring) won't play, freeing up a few extra targets for Fuller.
Keke Coutee (hamstring) likely to miss Week 8
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 3:50 PM
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Keke Coutee (hamstring) doesn't expect to play in Week 8 against Miami.
Analysis: Coutee had a setback with his hamstring Sunday. It shouldn't keep him out the three games it cost him earlier this year, but he's not going to be ready with the Texans playing on a short week. The Texans will go with Vyncint Smith in three-wide sets with Coutee out.
Deshaun Watson
O'Brien on Deshaun Watson: He's playing hurt
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 3:39 PM
Deshaun Watson completed 12-of-24 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown and rushed seven times for 13 yards in the Texans' Week 7 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: "He's playing hurt," coach Bill O'Brien conceded after the game. Watson is believed to be dealing with lung and ribs injuries, which are why he's been listed with a "chest" ailment on weekly injury reports. The Texans committed to their rushing attack in Sunday's victory rather than leaning on Watson to drop back to pass against Jacksonville's talented-if-underachieving front. Watson now has a quick turnaround in Week 8 against the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. Due to the injuries, Watson has become an increasingly risky fantasy bet coming off consecutive sub-par box-score games.
Lamar Miller
L. Miller goes off in Texans 4th straight win
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 2:59 PM
Lamar Miller rushed 22 times for 100 yards and a touchdown and caught 1-of-3 targets for -1 yard in the Texans' Week 7 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: The Texans stayed committed to their rushing attack as underdogs on the road, and Miller rewarded them with his best game of the season. He out-touched Alfred Blue 23 to 8 as Houston reeled off its fourth straight victory following an 0-3 start. Suddenly favorites to win the AFC South, the Texans go back home for Week 8 Thursday Night Football against the Dolphins. Back in Houston's featured-back role, Miller will be a quality RB2 play in that game.
Keke Coutee aggravates his hamstring injury
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 1:08 PM
Keke Coutee left Sunday's Week 7 game after aggravating his hamstring injury.
Analysis: Coutee has been battling hamstring problems for months and was listed as questionable on this week's injury report. He had one catch for three yards before departing.
DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins active against Jaguars
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 10:36 AM
DeAndre Hopkins is active for Week 7 against the Jaguars.
Analysis: As expected. Hopkins missed practice time with a foot injury this week, but he was not listed on the final injury report. The Texans' Week 7 inactives are WR Vyncint Smith, CB Aaron Colvin, TE Ryan Griffin, DE Joel Heath, OG Zach Fulton, LB Brian Peters, and CB Shareece Wright.
Andre Hal
Texans activate Andre Hal from PUP list
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 4:15 PM
Texans activated S Andre Hal from the reserve/PUP list.
Analysis: It's an impressive recovery after Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in June. The Texans will likely ease Hal back after missing all of training camp and the last six weeks, but this is an upgrade to their safety rotation. Houston released OLB Daeshon Hall to clear a roster spot.
Zach Fulton
Texans RG Zach Fulton (ankle) ruled out Sun
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 12:30 PM
Texans PR on Twitter
Texans RG Zach Fulton (ankle) won't play against the Jaguars in Week 7.
Analysis: It's terrible news for the Texans' pass protection, which has struggled mightily even with Fulton in the lineup. Greg Mancz is expected to start at right guard in Fulton's place.
Will Fuller
Will Fuller (hip) all set to face Jaguars
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 2:57 PM
houstontexans.com
Will Fuller (hip) wasn't listed on the Texans' final injury report for Week 7 against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Fuller was limited at all three practices this week, though there was never much concern about his status for Week 7. In a tough road matchup, Fuller is best viewed as a low-end WR3.
DeAndre Hopkins
Nuk Hopkins (foot) removed from injury report
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 2:56 PM
houstontexans.com
DeAndre Hopkins (foot) wasn't listed on the Texans' final injury report for Week 7 against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Hopkins worried us a little with Thursday's DNP, though it looks like he was just getting a maintenance day. Nuk draws a tough matchup against Jalen Ramsey this week, though obviously benching him in season-long leagues is not an option.
Coutee (hamstring) taken off injury report
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 2:55 PM
houstontexans.com
Keke Coutee (hamstring) wasn't listed on the Texans' final injury report for Week 7 against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Coutee was limited at practice this week, though his status for Sunday's game in Jacksonville was never in doubt. Even with four teams on bye, Coutee won't be of much use to fantasy owners this week in a tough matchup.
Ryan Griffin
Texans to be without Ryan Griffin Sunday
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 2:48 PM
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Ryan Griffin (illness) is out for Week 7 against the Jaguars.
Will Fuller
Will Fuller limited at Thursday's session
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3:32 PM
houstontexans.com
Will Fuller (hip) remained limited at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The Texans have been managing Fuller's practice reps all season. He's been quiet since the arrival of rookie Keke Coutee and could be in for another slow week against Jacksonville's elite secondary.
Coutee (hamstring) limited again Thursday
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3:29 PM
houstontexans.com
Keke Coutee (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Coutee was out with a hamstring issue early in the year but he's over it now. The rookie slot receiver should be a go for Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins downgraded to DNP Thursday
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 3:19 PM
Sarah Barshop on Twitter
DeAndre Hopkins (foot) was downgraded to "DNP" in Thursday's practice.
Keke Coutee (hamstring) remains limited
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 3:31 PM
Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited at Wedneday's practice.
Analysis: The Texans also limited DeAndre Hopkins (foot) and Will Fuller (hip). Coutee was a game-time decision last week but played his normal snaps. He's on track for Sunday's Jacksonville matchup.
Will Fuller
Will Fuller listed with hip injury
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 3:29 PM
Will Fuller (hip) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Fuller was listed with a hip injury after dealing with hamstring issues the last few weeks. This doesn't look like a concern for his Week 7 status.