Texans ink OT Henderson to one-year extension
Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 3:12 PMHouston Texans on Twitter
Texans re-signed RT Seantrel Henderson to a one-year deal.
Analysis: Henderson missed nearly all of the 2018 season with a broken ankle he suffered against the Patriots in Week 1. He'll be welcomed back with open arms in 2019 given Houston's leaky pass-pro the team flashed throughout the year. Either Julie'n Davenport or third-rounder Martinas Rankin will return to the bench.
Watt recovering from cleanup knee operation
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 2:02 PMIan Rapoport on Twitter
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt underwent cleanup knee surgery following the Texans' Wild Card loss.
Analysis: Per Rapsheet, it "sounds like he's fine now" and was "just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him during the season." Any injury/operation is a concern for a player who missed most of 2016-17 - including 13 games in 2017 with a "tibial plateau fracture" - but 29-year-old Watt fully rebounded in 2018, playing all 16 games and notching 16 sacks. He turns 30 in March.
Texans sign Rick Leonard to reserve/future
Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 2:14 PMAaron Wilson on Twitter
Texans signed OT Rick Leonard to a reserve/future contract.
Analysis: A converted defensive tackle, Leonard was surprisingly a fourth-round pick of the Saints last spring. He's a massive project, literally and figuratively.
Demaryius Thomas not considering retirement
Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 8:37 AMHouston Chronicle
Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') said he is "not thinking about retirement."
Analysis: "My main priority right now is getting back healthy," Thomas said. "I can still play, man. ... I just don't know where it will be." Considering he is 31, coming off a serious injury, and owed $14 million in 2019, it is unlikely Thomas will be back with the Texans unless he is willing to take a significant pay cut. Already on the decline before this injury, Thomas is unlikely to get much guaranteed money if he hits the open market.
Jordan Akins totals eight yards vs. Colts
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 7:21 PM
Jordan Akins caught 2-of-3 targets for eight yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.
Analysis: The third-round rookie made some big plays early in the year but faded as it wore on. His production was not far off from Ryan Griffin's, however. Akins will be elderly (27) for a second-year pro in 2019. He's a bottom of the barrel Dynasty league hold.
Ryan Griffin catches one pass versus Colts
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 7:17 PM
Ryan Griffin caught 1-of-5 targets for six yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.
Analysis: One of Griffin's missed connections could have been a 37-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but Watson flat missed his wide-open tight end. As usual, Griffin missed time with injury in 2018, though his 305 receiving yards were the second most of his career. Six days shy of his 29th birthday, Griffin is due $2.75 million between salary and bonuses next season. That might be too steep for the Texans.
Vyncint Smith held catch-less vs. Colts
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 7:14 PM
Vyncint Smith caught 0-of-2 targets in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.
Analysis: One of Smith's missed connections was an embarrassing non-catch on a deep ball where he looked like he was running away from a meteor. Smith kept adjusting on a perfectly-thrown pass because he could not locate it. An UDFA out of "Limestone College," Smith caught five balls for 91 yards and a touchdown during the regular season. He was forced onto the field because of injury. Smith will have a lot of work to do to keep his 53-man roster spot for 2019.
D'Onta Foreman touches ball once vs. Colts
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 7:11 PM
D'Onta Foreman rushed one time for three yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Including the playoffs, Foreman was active only twice after being activated from his Achilles' injury in Week 14. He touched the ball 10 times for 30 yards. Foreman was an intriguing player before popping his Achilles' in 2017, but his NFL future remains shrouded in uncertainty. The Texans were in no rush to re-involve him on offense following his return. Freeman (23 in April) does have youth on his side.
Alfred Blue totals 19 yards vs. Colts
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 7:09 PM
Alfred Blue rushed two times for eight yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts, adding two receptions for 11 additional yards.
Analysis: Blue has been one of the league's least-effective No. 2 running backs five years running. He turns 28 in April and seems unlikely to be back, at least in his current role. The Texans need a total makeover on the ground, including the offensive line.
Lamar Miller bottled up on ground vs. Colts
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 7:02 PM
Lamar Miller rushed five times for 18 yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts, adding eight receptions for 63 additional yards.
Analysis: Aside from Deshaun Watson, the Texans could get absolutely nothing going on the ground against the Colts' Darius Leonard-keyed defense. 2018 was easily Miller's best season as a Texan - his 4.63 yards per carry were his most since 2014 - but he still lacked for consistency and failed to make big plays as a pass catcher. He was also a mainstay on the injury report down the stretch and missed two games on the year. The definition of "just a guy" his first three years in Houston, Miller's release would free up $6.203 million in cap space while leaving behind just $1 million in dead money.
Keke Coutee catches 11 passes in WC defeat
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 6:52 PM
Keke Coutee caught 11-of-14 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Returning from a five-game absence with a hamstring injury, Coutee immediately reprised his career best 11/109 NFL debut, which also came against the Colts. A vertical slot receiver with 4.43 speed, Coutee showed plenty of promise heading into 2019. The problem is that he was always injured, constantly finding himself on the injury report with hamstring issues. Soft-tissue woes are not uncommon for young receivers. Still only 22 (in nine days), Coutee is an intriguing hold in Dynasty leagues.
Hopkins has quiet game as Texans eliminated
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 6:48 PM
DeAndre Hopkins caught 5-of-10 targets for 37 yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Colts.
Deshaun Watson struggles as Texans eliminated
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 6:41 PM
Deshaun Watson completed 29-of-49 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Texans' 21-7, Wild Card loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Watson struggled mightily against the Colts' Cover 2 defense, with his pick coming after he was fooled by the zone. Watson was lucky to escape with only one turnover. He also made a few bad plays on fourth down. It was a disappointing ending to an otherwise sensational sophomore campaign, one that saw Watson come all the way back from his torn ACL. He improved his passing efficiency while maintaining big-play ability. Watson is looking like a special player, but he really needs an improved supporting cast for 2019, both with his offensive line and pass catchers. Houston's franchise player turns 24 in September.
Coutee active for Wild Card Round vs Colts
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 1:12 PMAdam Schefter on Twitter
Keke Coutee (hamstring) is active for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts.
Report: Texans expected to extend OLB Clowney
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 10:48 AMIan Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are expected to extend OLB Jadeveon Clowney this offseason.
Analysis: Clowney's on the final year of his rookie deal and Houston's front office isn't interested in letting him hit the market. Although an extension is the preferable route, Rapsheet adds the Texans also consider the franchise tag to be a viable option for the fifth-year pro. Clowney battled injuries early in his career, but has proven to be elite against the run and one of the league's best raw pass rushers. This will likely result in Clowney getting paid as a top-five player at his position.
Report: Keke Coutee expected to play
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 10:28 PMDan Graziano on Twitter
ESPN's Dan Graziano reports Keke Coutee (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play Saturday against the Colts.
Analysis: It is not really a surprise after Coutee practiced in full all week, but Bill O'Brien did call him a game-time decision on Thursday. This will be Coutee's first game action since Week 12, but Houston's injury issues at receiver should allow him to step right back into a high-usage role. Coutee went for 109 yards on 11 catches against the Colts in Week 4.
O'Brien calls Coutee a game-time decision
Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 10:25 AMAaron Reiss on Twitter
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Keke Coutee (hamstring) is a game-time decision for the Wild Card round.
Analysis: Coutee has practiced in full all week, so he would seem to be a good bet to play. That said, Coutee has seemed close to playing for most of the last month without ever actually suiting up. If he plays, Coutee could see a surprisingly large target share against a Colts team he worked for 109 yards on 11 catches back in Week 4.
Keke (hamstring) gets in another full session
Wed, Jan 2, 2019, 3:32 PMHouston Texans PR on Twitter
Keke Coutee (hamstring) practiced in full on Wednesday.
Analysis: It seems like an eternity since Coutee practiced in full for back-to-back sessions. The last time the rookie was fully healthy (Week 11 in Washington) he notably led the Texans with nine targets on 42 snaps (66.7%). He's a confident high-floor option for everyone playing DFS in the Wild Card Round.
Keke Coutee (hamstring) practicing in full
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 4:23 PM
Keke Coutee (hamstring) is practicing in full for the Wild Card Round.
Analysis: It puts the rookie on track to return to his five-game absence. In theory, Coutee should slot in as the Texans' No. 2 wideout against the Colts, but it is possible he has simply missed too much time for that big of a role in such an important game.
Keke Coutee has a 'shot' to return vs. Colts
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 7:59 AMHouston Chronicle
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Keke Coutee (hamstring) has a "shot" to play in Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts.
Analysis: Coutee has sat out the Texans' last five games with a chronic hamstring injury but appears to be making progress. "I think there's a shot," said O'Brien when asked about the rookie's status. "We have to see how he looks in practice on a day-to-day basis, but there's a shot there." With Will Fuller (ACL) and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) both out for the season, the Texans could use another healthy body to pair with lead wideout DeAndre Hopkins. DeAndre Carter and Vyncint Smith have been working with Hopkins in three-wide sets.