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Sammie Coates
Sammie Coates concussed
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 9:13 PM
Texans WR Sammie Coates was concussed on Saturday night.
Analysis: This will hurt his chances of making the team. A former third-round pick of the Steelers, Coates is shaping up as a journeyman backup-caliber deep threat.
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson leaves with concussion
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 7:24 PM
Texans CB Kevin Johnson suffered a concussion in Saturday night's preseason game.
Analysis: Johnson has struggled with a variety of injuries since the Texans took him in the first round of the 2015 draft. Johnson is slated to start at right corner this year with Johnathan Joseph at LCB and Aaron Colvin in the slot.
Nick Rose
Texans sign Nick Rose
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 6:12 PM
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Texans signed K Nick Rose.
Analysis: Rose spent time with Washington and the Chargers last year. With Ka'imi Fairbairn expected to miss the second preseason game, Rose will handle kicking duties against the 49ers.
Quan Bray
Texans agree to terms with WR Quan Bray
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 2:43 PM
Universal Sports Management on Twitter
Texans signed WR Quan Bray.
Analysis: Bray's agency, Universal Sports Management, announced the signing via Twitter. He was the Colts' primary punt returner in the nine games he was healthy for last season, finishing 520 total return yards. He'll serve as special teams depth in Houston.
Braxton Miller
Braxton Miller trending up
Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 4:21 PM
Houston Chronicle
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Braxton Miller has "made a lot of improvements."
Analysis: "Braxton's done some good things," said O'Brien. "The thing with Braxton is always going to be staying healthy. It's going to be what does he do on special teams, but he's made a lot of improvements at receiver and it's a real battle at that position." It's the second time O'Brien has given Miller a vote of confidence. With Keke Coutee sidelined, Miller and Bruce Ellington are competing for slot reps.
Jordan Akins
Texans TE Jordan Akins drawing praise
Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 4:12 PM
Houston Chronicle
Texans TE Jordan Akins has made "rapid progress" at training camp.
Analysis: Akins flashed in his preseason debut, catching both of his targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns. A former minor league baseball player, Akins is old for a rookie and has a chance for a Year One impact. He should open the year with Ryan Griffin in two tight end sets.
Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson throws one pass on Thursday
Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 8:30 PM
Deshaun Watson completed his only attempt in the Texans' preseason opener.
Analysis: Watson was only in for one series, and his only attempt was a four-yard gain by Bruce Ellington. His health is the only concern right now, however, and getting even one series in the preseason opener is a great sign. Regression is certainly coming, but Watson is still an upside QB1.
J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt believes he can return to form
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 8:48 AM
Football Morning in America
J.J. Watt told NBC's Peter King he believes he can return to his Defensive Player of the Year form.
Analysis: Watt won his third DPoY award in 2015, but he has played eight games total the two seasons since including just five games last year because of a tibial plateau fracture. "I don't expect anybody outside to have any reason to believe that. The last two years were two very bad years," Watt said. "I'm not going to stand here and pretend like I can tell you exactly what's going to happen in the season or how it's going to go. But I feel very good with where I'm at right now." One of the more injured units in the league last year, Houston's defense should bounce back in a big way if Watt is able to stay healthy.
Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney still working to be in shape
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 3:11 PM
Sarah Barshop on Twitter
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Jadeveon Clowney is still working to get back into football shape.
Analysis: "When we feel like he's in football shape, we'll put him on the field," O'Brien continued. Clowney has participated in some team drills but has done most of his work on the sidelines. The Houston Chronicle recently reported the team remains "confident" he will be ready for Week 1. The Texans would be wise to withhold both Clowney and J.J. Watt from all preseason games to ensure both are ready to go once the regular season begins.
D'Onta Foreman
D'Onta Foreman 'heading in right direction'
Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 12:12 PM
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles, active/PUP) is "heading in the right direction".
Analysis: Though it's a vague update, it's the first positive note on Foreman's potential availability in Week 1. He remains on the active/PUP list and rehabbing following a torn Achilles suffered last November. Lamar Miller stands to benefit immensely if Foreman is out or limited to start the season.
Braxton Miller
Braxton Miller making strides at camp
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 6:42 PM
Houston Chronicle
Braxton Miller has shown "signs of progress" at training camp.
Analysis: "He's going to have to go out there and continue to get better and improve, but I do see a lot of improvement with him," coach Bill O'Brien said on Miller's start to camp. After struggling with injuries the last two years, Miller is on the roster bubble. Keke Coutee's injury gives Miller the early edge for the Texans' slot role.
Alfred Blue
Alfred Blue listed as Texans' No. 2 back
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 3:34 PM
Alfred Blue was listed as the No. 2 running back on the Texans' first training camp depth chart.
Analysis: It's a surprise to see Blue listed ahead of D'Onta Foreman, though obviously Foreman is coming off an Achilles tear and may not be ready for Week 1. A career plodder, Blue won't be an enticing handcuff for starter Lamar Miller.
Keke Coutee out with hamstring injury
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 12:16 PM
Houston Chronicle
Texans fourth-round WR Keke Coutee will be sidelined "a few weeks" with a strained hamstring.
Analysis: He'll be held out of next week's preseason opener at Kansas City. Prior to his injury, the rookie had been competing with Braxton Miller for reps at slot receiver.
Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney remains 'very limited'
Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 1:18 PM
Houston Chronicle
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) remains "very limited" in Texans camp.
Analysis: Nevertheless, DL coach Anthony Weaver said Clowney has "looked great." Per the Houston Chronicle, the Texans remain "confident" Clowney will be ready for Week 1. You don't take anything for granted when it comes to Clowney's health, but the Texans are wise to keep him in bubble wrap.
Jordan Thomas
Jordan Thomas having a good training camp
Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 8:17 AM
Houston Chronicle
Texans coach Bill O'Brien praised sixth-round TE Jordan Thomas' work so far in camp.
Analysis: "He's really, the first few days here, he's actually done a decent job blocking relative to being a young player," O'Brien said. "I think if he can keep improving in that area, he's good in the passing game, I really like what we've got there." Thomas is a below-average athlete, but he has good size (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) and good enough receiving ability. In a weak tight end group, Thomas could earn a role if he proves up to the task as a blocker.
Will Fuller
Will Fuller bulks up to improve durability
Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 5:04 PM
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Will Fuller has bulked up to 185 pounds.
Analysis: The Texans are hoping the added weight will improve his durability. Fuller has missed eight games the last two seasons to injuries. There's blowup third-year potential for Fuller if he stays healthy.
Lamar Miller
Lamar Miller slims down to 217 pounds
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 12:33 PM
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Lamar Miller said he's down to 217 pounds.
Analysis: Miller is listed at 225 pounds but may have played heavier than that last year. According to Miller, this is the lightest he's been since joining the Texans two years ago. The 27-year-old said he's hoping to improve his explosiveness after averaging a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry last season. With D'Onta Foreman still nursing an Achilles injury, Miller is firmly in the RB2 conversation.
Jadeveon Clowney
HOU not expected to extend Clowney this year
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 9:01 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are expected to let contract-year DE Jadeveon Clowney play out the final year of his deal.
Analysis: Clowney remains sidelined following an offseason knee scope. His health remains an obvious question mark lingering in the back on the Texans' mind. The franchise tag will always be an option next offseason should the sides not be able to hammer out a deal. Clowney turned 25 this year.
Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson participating in team drills
Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 8:45 PM
Deshaun Watson participated in team drills on Thursday.
Analysis: Watson's injury news continues to be universally positive. At this point, it looks like he will receive preseason reps. Watson is an overdraft candidate after he posted unsustainable rate stats as a rookie, but he will still be a quarterback with week-winning upside every time he takes the field.
Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney not cleared for team drills
Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 1:57 PM
Houston Chronicle
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has yet to be cleared for team drills.
Analysis: "Some guys are needing to get back into a little better football shape right now as far as playing football, he comes under that category," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He wasn't able to, because of his rehab and all that, he wasn't able to be in OTAs. We're just trying to be intelligent about the way we bring him back." Clowney has taken a surprisingly long time to get back to full health after a post-season knee scope, but there does not seem to be any concern about his Week 1 status.