News: Newton is grading out as the second best offensive tackle in football after two games, according to Pro Football Focus, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Newton came under fire last season as the weakest link on the offensive line, particularly in pass protection, but has always been good as a run blocker. He still needs to improve as a blocker in the passing game, but with Houston's run-dominated attack early in 2014, Newton has been dominant.
News: Foster (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Foster doesn't seem to be in much danger of missing Sunday's game against the Giants, but his Friday injury status will still be worth keeping an eye on. He has a league-high 55 carries through two games, and Texans coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged that the team may need to spread the carries around a bit more as the season wears on.
News: Hopkins didn't participate in Thursday's practice due to an illness, but he is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Giants, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Hopkins will play, indicating that the illness isn't particularly serious. The second-year wideout already has two touchdown this season, and while his seven receptions on 10 targets may seem a bit discouraging, the Texans have only attempted 41 passes through two games.