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Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (right hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: There's nothing so far to suggest that Johnson's hamstring issue is anything more than a minor issue, though after missing voluntary offseason workouts and a mandatory three-day minicamp, he's still in the process of building chemistry in the team's new offense with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster (leg) returned to practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Foster, who had missed back-to-back practice sessions, was evidently dealing with a minor injury and will thus return to the field Wednesday, atop the the Texans' RB depth chart, now backed up by Andre Brown and Alfred Blue, with Ben Tate having moved on to Cleveland.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tuggle has made the switch from outside linebacker to inside, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Tuggle started the transition during organized team activities and is now firmly an inside linebacker in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's system. This should improve Tuggle's chances of playing time as Houston is full of quality outside backers like Whitney Mercilus, Brooks Reed and first-overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Powe is the favorite to claim the starting nose tackle spot, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Defensive line coach Bill Kollar said this is a wide open competition, but with third-round draft pick Louis Nix currently on the PUP list because of a knee injury, Powe has moved to the front.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bullock was impressive during Monday's training camp session, bombing a few field goal attempts form 40 yards out and another one from 50-55 yards out, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Bullock, who had some inconsistent stretches in 2013, is being challenged in camp by rookie Chris Boswell. Both have kicked well, according to head coach Bill O'Brien, who was quick to point out neither kicker has faced a rush yet.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson needs to find a level of consistency if he's going to claim a roster spot, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: The report discusses Johnson's highs and lows during training camp. On one play he shows potential with a quick cut or burst, but on the next play drops a pass or fumbles the ball. Alfred Blue has been impressive during camp and could be the third running back, crowding out Johnson.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bonner (leg) was placed on injured reserve by the Texans on Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: A sixth-round selection by the Texans in 2013, Bonner will spend a second consecutive season on injured reserve. As was the case a year earlier, he suffered a season-ending leg injury in training camp.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sapp was waived by the Texans on Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: With running back and offensive line depth more of a priority for the Texans during training camp, Sapp was deemed expendable as the team looked to open up a couple of additional roster spots. He'll try to latch on with another team during training camp, but profiles as little more than a special teams body.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cornett signed with the Texans on Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The career rushing leader at UNLV, Cornett went undrafted in May and will now try to win a practice squad gig with the Texans. At this point, he should be considered just a depth body for the Texans while Arian Foster recovers from a leg injury.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster (leg) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, ESPN reports.
Impact: Foster also didn't practice Monday because of what seemed to be a leg issue that bothered him Sunday. That being said, Foster's ailment is not considered serious and he should be back on the field in short order. Until then, Andre Brown and Alfred Blue will continue to see the bulk of reps at running back for the Texans.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (hamstring) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, ESPN reports.
Impact: Johnson tweaked his hamstring during Monday's session and was held out of Tuesday's practice for precautionary reasons. With that in mind, he should return to practice in the near future, when he'll continue to learn Houston's new offense and build chemistry with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin was praised by head coach Bill O'Brien, who noted the receiver's improved route-running and pass-catching skills, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Martin is competing for the slot-receiver position with DeVier Posey and Mike Thomas and will need to make an impression as a receiver. In the past, Martin held a roster spot primarily as a returner, but O'Brien is holding a competition for those roles. If Martin loses out on special teams and doesn't improve on offense, he'll be out of a job.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney was able to practice Monday when the Texans suited up in pads for the first time in training camp, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Coming off sports hernia surgery earlier this summer, it was unclear if Clowney would be able to participate in a practice with pads. The first-overall draft pick looked good in 9-on-7 drills, quick off the snap and showing good burst.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown took snaps with the first team Monday while Arian Foster sat out the practice with a leg injury, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Coach Bill O'Brien described Foster's injury as a "minor" one that he suffered during Sunday's practice. For now, Brown is elevated to the first team with Alfred Blue moved up to the No. 2 back.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster didn't practice Monday, the first time that the Texans wore pads in training camp, due to a leg injury, CSN Houston reports. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters that Foster is "dealing with something" he described as a "minor deal."
Impact: Foster, who was seen getting his leg stretched out Sunday, left that day's practice early. The absence allowed Andre Brown to get his reps while Alfred Blue moved up to the No. 2 running back.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson tweaked his right hamstring during Monday's practice, foxsports.com reports.
Impact: Neither Johnson nor coach Bill O'Brien seem overly concerned about the wideout's hamstring issue, however. For his part, with regard to his exit from Monday's practice, Johnson noted, "I just got a little tight, it was just a precaution." Assuming his injury is indeed minor, the veteran wideout should return to practice in short order, at which time he will continue to build his rapport with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, after missing the Texans' voluntary offseason workouts and a mandatory three-day minicamp in advance of training camp.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster left Sunday's practice early for the training room, but it was confirmed that nothing was seriously wrong, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Though it was alarming to see Foster leave while his mates were still on the field, there's no concern at this point. He dealt with a calf injury during last year's training camp and is returning from back surgery.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sidbury signed with the Texans on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports. He practiced with the team Sunday.
Impact: Sidbury, who was a fourth-round selection by Atlanta in 2009, spent the 2013 season with the Colts.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bonner appeared to suffer a leg injury during Saturday's practice, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Bonner, a sixth-round draft pick in 2013, spent last season on injured reserve.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: White suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during Saturday's practice, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: White was likely going to just be a practice squad player this season, but is now expected to miss the entire year after tearing his Achilles'.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Groves signed with the Texans on Sunday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Impact: Groves played in five games with the Browns in 2013, recording four tackles and two sacks. The Titans, another AFC South team, had been monitoring Groves, since he worked out for them last month, but the Texans jumped in and signed him before the Titans pulled the trigger.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keenum worked with the second unit, when Houston's training camp opened Saturday, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: This shouldn't be too much of a shock, as Keenum has the experience factor over rookie fourth-round draft pick Tom Savage. The two will continue to get snaps, and there's still much of camp/preseason left before it is determined who will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage had a rough first day of training camp Saturday, missing his targets several times and struggling with consistency, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Savage still has much of camp left to make an impression, but Case Keenum is ahead of him right now, as he works with the second unit.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reed practiced at outside linebacker Saturday, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: While Reed prepped all offseason at inside linebacker, when training camp opened he was at the familiar outside spot. He'll be ready to play both positions, but defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's preference appears to have Reed play outside.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pagan (shoulder) practiced with the Texans on Saturday, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Pagan had missed all of the team's spring workouts, after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (toe) was an active participant when Houston began its training camp Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Joseph has missed all the offseason practices and is playing catchup on learning defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's scheme.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney (sports hernia) is participating in Saturday morning's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: While the extent of his participation is unclear, Clowney reportedly ran onto the practice field without a noticeable limp. He previously said that he was hoping to be ready for Saturday's practice, which would give him a shot to play in the Texans' first preseason game. In leagues where he has DL eligibility, Clowney should be an IDP consideration from the get-go.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson is back with the Houston Texans, saying he reported to camp simply because he loves the game.
Impact: The star receiver had skipped offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was "still the place for me." The 33-year-old Johnson, whose 1,407 yards receiving in 2013 ranked second in the AFC, rejoins a team that is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2-14 season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson has reported for the start of the Texans' training camp, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Johnson, who had expressed concerns regarding his future with the rebuilding Texans, missed voluntary offseason workouts and a mandatory three-day minicamp. Moreover, there was speculation that the 33-year-old wideout could be dealt by the team, but after spending time at the Texans' facility on Monday, getting up to speed with the team's new offense, and reporting to camp Friday, Johnson looks set to lead the Houston receiving corps once again. Coming off a 2013 season in which he caught 109 passes for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns, Johnson remains a vital and productive cog in the Texans' offense, now helmed by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter signed with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Hunter, who spent the 2012 season with the Texans, essentially replaces Louis Nix, who was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He'll join veteran Jerrell Powe and undrafted rookie Austin Brown as the healthy nose tackles on the roster.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clabo signed with the Texans Wednesday, CBS Houston reports.
Impact: Clabo was with the Dolphins for the 2013-14 season and was able to start in 15 games. He'll be entering the ninth year of his career, so he'll bring both depth and veteran leadership to the Texans' offensive line. If he performs well enough in camp, Clabo will have the opportunity to unseat Derek Newton for the starting right tackle position. If not, he'll replace recently released Brennan Williams as offensive line depth.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Texans have released Smelley, cbslocal.com reports.
Impact: Smelley could resurface with the Texans or catch on elsewhere as depth tight end/fullback, but his fantasy upside is minimal in nay case, given his career total of three catches in four NFL contests.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson was at the Texans' facility Monday in order to get some work in on learning the team's new offense, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Johnson skipped the Texans' voluntary offseason workouts, as well as the team's mandatory minicamp in June, so his presence Monday certainly represents a positive development in light of previous talk that the wideout was looking to be dealt. Meanwhile, Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle expects Johnson to report to training camp on time, a notion that will be confirmed -- one way or the other -- no later than Friday's reporting date for the Texans' veterans.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nix (knee) was placed on the PUP list Monday, Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Impact: The third-round pick out of Notre Dame is dealing with a knee injury suffered during OTAs and will likely miss at least part of training camp.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cushing (knee) was placed on the PUP list Monday, Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Impact: Cushing suffered a broken leg and torn LCL in October, but less than two weeks ago, he vowed he'd be ready for the start of the regular season. Players can come off the PUP list at any time, so Monday's news isn't much of an indication as to whether or not he'll suit up in Week 1.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (knee) was released by the Texans after a failed physical Monday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Knee surgery kept Williams out all of last season, and he was limited in the team's OTA's last month. It appears the Texans have moved on, so he'll look to latch on with another team as a free agent.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Su'a Filo will be part of a battle for the starting left guard position, CSN Houston reports. His main competition will be third-year veteran Ben Jones.
Impact: Su'a Filo did not participate in organized team activities because he was finishing out his class work at UCLA, but he was around for the three-day minicamp in June. As such, he was a bit behind in learning the team's offense. Su'a Filo was taken with the first pick in the second round, a spot where teams expect an offensive lineman to become an immediate starter.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson lined up as a slot cornerback during the preseason and will continue to get reps there in training camp, CSN Houston reports. "I think it's going pretty good," Jackson said of playing on the inside. "Definitely a lot of fun in there, a lot of opportunity, a lot closer to the ball so I definitely have some chances to make some plays and stuff. It's been fun and I think I've been learning pretty well."
Impact: Many observers were impressed with how Jackson handled the transition from outside to inside. The Texans secondary, under new coordinator Romeo Crennel, is expected to be less straight-forward than it was under Wade Phillips. There will be less man-to-man and more flexibility in terms of changing assignments from play to play and even after the ball is snapped.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney (groin) still hasn't been cleared to start training camp, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Clowney, who underwent sports hernia surgery in June, said Friday that he hopes to be green-lighted by next Saturday, which would allow him to take part in the team's first preseason practice.