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Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watt signed a six-year, $100 million extension with the Texans on Tuesday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
Impact: The contract ensures that Watt becomes the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. Through 48 career games, the pass rusher has been a devastating force against all comers, accumulating 36.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries. With rookie Jadeveon Clowney's similarly high motor opposite Watt for the first time this season, it remains to be seen what heights the 2012 Defensive Player of Year will scale in the years to come.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | STATS
News: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans.
Impact: The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been signed. Multiple media reports said the agreement was for six years and $100 million, with $51.8 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus. Watt had two years left on his contract that was due to pay him $1.9 million this year and just under $7 million in 2015.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (toe) says he will play in Sunday's regular season opener versus the Redskins, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Joseph missed the entire preseason while recovering from toe surgery last year, but the veteran will suit up when the regular season kicks off this Sunday. Slated to start at cornerback, Joseph will be tasked with slowing down Washington's new dynamic duo of wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. In 15 games last season, the nine-year veteran tallied 47 tackles (44 solo) and three interceptions.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Texans have signed Manning, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Manning, who was limited to 24 tackles and a sack in six games for the Texans in 2013 due to a knee injury, returns to Houston after a stint on the Bengals' roster. He'll give the team added depth at safety following the release of Chris Clemons.
Sun. Aug 31, 2014 | STATS
News: The Houston Texans are welcoming back safety Danieal Manning.
Impact: Manning was a second-round pick by Chicago in 2006 and played his first five seasons with the Bears. He was signed along with cornerback Johnathan Joseph in 2011 to provide leadership to a secondary that was part of the league's worst pass defense the previous season. Manning made 124 tackles and intercepted four passes in his previous three seasons in Houston.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manning is expected to sign with the Texans, pending a physical, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Manning was released by the Bengals this weekend, but apparently will find a job with the team he played for between 2011 and 2013.
Sun. Aug 31, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots have traded Mallett to the Houston Texans.
Impact: Originally a third-round draft pick from Arkansas, Mallett played four games in three years with the Patriots, completing one pass.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas has been cut by the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: It looked like Thomas was set to see some work out of the slot for the Texans, but he became the odd man out, after the team added fellow wideout Damaris Johnson on waivers.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Johnson, who was a final cut by the Eagles, had 21 receptions for 270 yards in two seasons with Philadelphia, after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa. He also has experience as a punt and kick returner.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage's status as the third quarterback is unlikely to change, after the news broke that Houston acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett from New England. The Texans traded for Mallett and then released Case Keenum, according to the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Bill O'Brien did not like what he saw out of Case Keenum in preseason and moved quickly to replace him. Keenum had beat out Savage to be the top backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Mallett is likely to be the No. 2 quarterback while the Texans groom Savage as the future QB. Though it's not out of the question that Mallett changes that plan.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots have traded Mallett to the Texans, NFL.com reports. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Patriots will receive conditional seventh-round pick in exchange for the QB.
Impact: The move secures Jimmy Garoppolo's position as the Patriots' No. 2 signal-caller behind unquestioned starter Tom Brady, while placing Mallett in the midst of a less stable quarterback situation with Houston. As it stands, Ryan Fitzpatrick is on track to open the season as the Texans' starter, with Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage also currently in the mix. That said, there is presumably an opportunity for Mallett to potentially make his way up the team's depth chart once he is up to speed with the Texans' offense. The acquisition of Mallett probably foreshadows another move at the position by the team, with Keenum a candidate to be the odd man out.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett remains on the Patriots' 53-man roster following the team's roster cuts announced on Saturday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Whether Mallett or Jimmy Garoppolo is viewed as the team's No. 2 QB, neither would possess any fantasy value in re-draft formats as long as starter Tom Brady is healthy. Meanwhile, the Patriots could still consider dealing Mallett before the NFL trade deadline.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson was released by the Eagles on Saturday, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Johnson logged time in 27 games during his initial two seasons in the league, yet only posted 21 catches for 270 yards and no scores. As the NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, he boasts enough talent to be considered for another professional gig, despite his small stature (5-8, 170).
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin will open the season as Houston's punt and kick returner, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: The Texans opened up the competition during training camp and preseason, but in the end coach Bill O'Brien is sticking with the incumbent. Martin has averaged 10.0 yards per punt return and 25.2 yards per kick return in two seasons.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bouye appears to have solidified his hold on the third cornerback spot after Houston released Brandon Harris, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Harris was a second-round pick in 2011 that never emerged in the Texans' secondary. Bouye was an undrafted free agent who signed with Houston in 2013.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bullock remains the Texans' top kicker, following the release of Chris Boswell, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Bullock, who recorded 104 points last season, isn't likely to be heavily targeted by fantasy owners out of the gate, but he could emerge as an in-season pickup candidate if the Texans' offense bounces back to any extent this season.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boswell has been released by the Texans, according to cbslocal.com.
Impact: The moves thus cements the status of incumbent Randy Bullock, as the Texans' top kicker as Week 1 approaches.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercilus had four tackles with a sack and two tackles for a loss in Thursday night's preseason loss to the 49ers.
Impact: Mercilus, who lost his starting job to rookie Jadeveon Clowney, had two pretty good games to finish up the preseason. He'll provide good depth at outside linebacker and continues to show an ability to get to the passer.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Posey had four catches and a team-leading eight targets for 24 yards in Thursday night's preseason loss to the 49ers.
Impact: Posey finishes the preseason with a team-high 10 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. While nothing is official yet, he's probably done enough to emerge as the third receiver on the depth chart ahead of Keshawn Martin and Mike Thomas.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boswell made his only attempt Thursday night, converting a 43-yard field goal in Houston's preseason loss to San Francisco.
Impact: Boswell entered the game behind the incumbent, Randy Bullock, and nothing transpired Thursday to alter that.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bullock hit his only field-goal attempt Thursday night, converting on a 52-yarder in Houston's preseason loss to the 49ers. He also booted Houston's lone extra point.
Impact: Neither Bullock nor rookie Chris Boswell (1-for-1, 43 yards) did anything to change the perception coaches held entering the game. Bullock entered the game as the leader and it should be confirmed soon that he will open the season as the team's kicker.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage completed 8-of-12 passes for 43 yards, a sack and an interception that was returned for a touchdown in Thursday night's preseason loss to San Francisco. He finished with a quarterback rating of 37.8.
Impact: Savage entered the game in the second quarter, replacing game starter Case Keenum, who had similar numbers (8-of-17, 70 yards, one pick). Head coach Bill O'Brien assessed the quarterback play post-game, telling reporters that "it wasn't very good," according to CSN Houston. O'Brien added that the poor play wasn't on the quarterbacks alone; he pointed to protection breakdowns and poor route running. The end result is that there should be no change in the quarterback depth chart. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter followed by Keenum then Savage.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blue lost three yards on four carries and gained 26 yards on two receptions in Thursday's preseason finale against the 49ers.
Impact: Blue started but was outplayed by Jonathan Grimes, who recorded 33 yards on eight carries and 11 yards on one reception. According to CSN Houston's Dave Zangaro, Blue was listed ahead of Grimes on the most recent preseason depth chart. The two would likely split work in the event of an Arian Foster injury, but it's still unclear how the backup touches will be divided in Week 1.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grimes had 33 yards on eight carries and 11 yards on one reception in Thursday's preseason finale against the 49ers.
Impact: Grimes outperformed Alfred Blue, who got the start but managed just -3 yards on four carries and 26 yards on two receptions. The two would likely split work in the event of an Arian Foster injury, but it's not entirely clear which player is first in line for touches behind Foster. While it may be that the usage will be situation dependent, Blue is listed ahead of Grimes on the latest unofficial depth chart, according to CSN Houston's Dave Zangaro.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster is among the key Texans not expected to see action in Thursday's preseason finale against the 49ers, cbslocal.com reports.
Impact: It's not surprising that the Texans are holding out their top back in their preseason finale, with Alfred Blue, who is jostling with Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown for backup RB slotting, on track to draw the start Thursday.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage will play in Thursday night's preseason finale after starter Case Keenum, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The plan calls for Keenum to start with Savage entering the game sometime after that. Head coach Bill O'Brien did not have an exact breakdown of playing time. It may be a case where in-game situations dictate the decision of which quarterback will direct a particular drive. This final preseason game is being used to evaluate both quarterbacks in the competition to back up No. 1 quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (toe) is considered day-to-day and expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Joseph has yet to play this preseason, as he works his way back from toe surgery last winter. Even if he misses Thursday's final exhibition outing, the veteran cornerback should be ready for the Texans' Week 1 matchup versus the Redskins.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney (undisclosed), who is listed as day-to-day, is expected to play in the Texans' regular season opener on Sept. 7, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Clowney exited practice last week with an undisclosed injury and consequently didn't play in Houston's third preseason game over the weekend. Nonetheless, the ailment has been consistently downplayed by coach Bill O'Brien, so Clowney's status shouldn't be cause for concern. The rookie will rest during the Texans' final exhibition outing and should be raring to go when Week 1 rolls around.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Quessenberry was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Quessenberry was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this summer.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Adams was released by Houston, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Adams mostly played on special teams during the preseason, returning a few kicks and muffing one punt return.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Powell was among the Texans' roster cuts Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Powell will try to catch on elsewhere as a depth back, but with the Texans, he slotted behind Arian Foster, Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue, and Ronnie Brown in the team's backfield mix.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots are expected to hold Mallett out of their final preseason game Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, the Boston Herald indicates that Jimmy Garoppolo is in line to start the contest. With Sam Bradford of the Rams having suffered a torn ACL, speculation that the Patriots may consider dealing Mallett in advance of the team's final roster cut-downs has been reignited, so holding the QB out Thursday would make sense in such a scenario. The Herald report further speculates that Mallett could turn into a candidate for release, should the Patriots be inclined to carry just two signal callers this season. In any case, who will serve as Tom Brady's top backup come Week 1 remains an unsettled situation.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage has "closed the gap" in the competition with Case Keenum for Houston's backup quarterback job, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Coach Bill O'Brien said both Keenum and Savage had good moments in Saturday's preseason win over Denver, but Savage's game-winning touchdown drive was impressive enough to recalibrate his assessment of the competition. Keenum remains the leader after preseason Week 3, but by less of a margin than he held entering the game.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brooks made his preseason debut Saturday night in Houston's win over Denver.
Impact: Brooks had been on the Active/Non-Football Injury list until this week. When healthy, Brooks will start at right guard for Houston.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercilus started at outside linebacker in place of the injured Jadeveon Clowney (undisclosed) in Saturday night's preseason win over Denver.
Impact: Mercilus played well Saturday, making seven tackles including a sack. He's been a forgotten man as Clowney and Brooks Reed have been the starting outside linebackers, but Mercilus has shown an ability to get to the quarterback. He's registered 13 sacks in his two NFL seasons.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage completed 5-of-6 passes for 68 yards with a touchdown and two-point conversion in Saturday night's preseason win over Denver.
Impact: Savage entered the game late in the fourth quarter and engineered a game-winning touchdown drive that was capped with his two-point conversion throw. It was good experience for the rookie, who remains in a battle with Case Keenum to be the top backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fitzpatrick completed 10-of-17 passes for 80 yards and a 70.7 quarterback rating in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: There was some good and some bad in Fitzpatrick's performance Saturday. Fortunately for him, some questionable decisions to throw into tight spaces didn't come back to hurt him. In that sense he was lucky. While nothing happened to knock Fitzpatrick from the starting job, he'll be a gamble for fantasy owners who don't secure one of the top tier quarterbacks early.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cushing (knee) made his preseason debut Saturday night in Houston's win over Denver. He had one tackle in limited exposure.
Impact: Cushing is working his way back from knee surgery, the second straight offseason he's been rehabbing from knee surgery. It looks like Houston's defensive signal-caller will be ready to go when the regular season opens up.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson made his preseason debut Saturday night in Houston's win over Denver. He caught three passes on five targets for 18 yards.
Impact: The Texans brought Johnson back slowly from a hamstring injury he suffered at the onset of training camp. He also rejoined his teammates in practice sessions this week.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bouye started at cornerback in place of Jonathan Joseph on Saturday, CSN Houston reports. Joseph recently joined practice sessions, after a rehab stint due to toe surgery.
Impact: Bouye has opened some eyes in training camp and is considered the team's third cornerback. He had an interception that led to a touchdown in Saturday's win over Denver, but was beat a couple of times, including once for an Emmanuel Sanders touchdown.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney (undisclosed) did not play in Saturday's preseason game against Denver. Whitney Mercilus started at outside linebacker in his place.
Impact: Clowney suffered an injury while participating in joint practices with Denver this week. Head coach Bill O'Brien continues to downplay the injury.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fiedorowicz and Garrett Graham handled most of the first-team work in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Impact: While unlikely to offer much fantasy value, Fiedorowicz is on track to see significant playing time as an in-line tight end this season. Though largely valued for his blocking ability, he's far from worthless as a receiver, and could find his way into a few touchdowns. Graham still looks to be the team's primary receiving threat at the position, but Ryan Griffin might have something to say about that.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz handled most of the first-team work in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Impact: Graham appears to be ahead of Ryan Griffin as the team's primary receiving threat at tight end, but the former wasn't targeted in Saturday's game, while the latter hauled in all five of his targets for 71 yards and a touchdown, albeit with the entire stat line coming in the second half. Graham is still the choice if you're drafting today, but this should be worth keeping an eye on up to Week 1, and even into the regular season. As for Fiedorowicz, the 6-5 rookie will likely occupy more of a blocking role, but he could be a threat in the red zone.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Griffin caught all five of his targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: An excellent preseason stat line, but one that was earned entirely in the second half. Though he was impressive Saturday night, Griffin has been the odd man out thus far. According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz dominated the first-team snaps during Saturday's game. If he's going to break through, Griffin will likely have to cut into the snaps given to Graham, who did not record a target in Saturday's contest. Fiedorowicz is largely valued for his blocking as an in-line tight end, while Graham and Griffin are more of "move" tight ends, often working wide from the formation.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blue gained 27 yards on nine carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: Blue technically got the start, but he also played into the third quarter, while Jonathan Grimes, who is listed No. 2 on the depth chart, recorded all six of his touches in the first half. Grimes scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter, but Blue had converted a fourth-and-one on the previous play. With Arian Foster likely to play in Week 1, Blue probably won't have much of a role to start the season. However, should anything happen to Foster, Blue could factor into the early-down and goal-line work. Grimes looks like the better handcuff, especially in PPR leagues.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster (hamstring) did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: It was unclear whether Foster would play, and the Texans opted to proceed cautiously. Twenty-eight-years-old as of Sunday, the veteran running back participated in three joint practices with the Broncos this week, indicating that he should be ready for Week 1. If Foster suffers a setback or new injury, Jonathan Grimes has emerged as the second man on the depth chart, followed by Alfred Blue.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grimes had five carries for 22 yards and a touchdown and one reception for 24 yards on one target in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: As reported by The Houston Chronicle's John McClain, Grimes was announced as the starter but Alfred Blue actually played the first snap. Both backs were active with the first-team offense, and Blue also saw a bit of work with the second-stringers. On the Texans' scoring drive in the first half, Blue picked up four yards on a fourth-and-one from the Denver five-yard line, and Grimes got a one-yard touchdown on the next play. Arian Foster (hamstring) is on track to be ready for Week 1, and while Grimes has seemingly done enough to hold onto the second spot on the depth chart, Blue might pick up a spare touch or three. Should Foster suffer a setback or come down with a new injury, the Texans would likely use both Grimes and Blue. Grimes is still the preferred handcuff, especially in PPR formats.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: While top QB Tom Brady started and played in the first two series Friday, he was pulled in favor of Mallett for one series. Both the Boston Globe and ESPN.com suggest that coach Bill Belichick threw Mallett into the game in that fashion in an effort to help him prepare for unexpected situations that may arise during the regular season. Meanwhile, the ESPN report further suggests that the move is likely an indicator that Mallett appears to have retained his status as the Patriots' No. 2 QB over Jimmy Garoppolo.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boswell has fallen behind Randy Bullock in the competition to become Houston's placekicker, according to head coach Bill O'Brien, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Boswell's first opportunity to make an impression didn't go so well last week, when he missed two extra-point attempts.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bullock is ahead of rookie Chris Boswell in the competition to become the team's placekicker, according to head coach Bill O'Brien, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Randy is in the lead," O'Brien said. "Randy has made some good kicks."
Impact: This makes perfect sense after Boswell missed two extra-point attempts in last week's preseason win over Atlanta. Bullock has been sharp throughout training camp and kicked a "game-winning" field goal in Wednesday's workout with the Broncos.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster completed three days of joint practices with the Broncos and prompted coach Bill O'Brien to call him "very impressive," the Texans' official site reports. O'Brien was particularly impressed with Foster's ability as a receiver out of the backfield.
Impact: The coach didn't say whether or not Foster would play in Saturday night's preseason game against Denver and will huddle with trainers and coaches before making a decision. It makes sense Foster will get into his first game action of the preseason, but the coaches might feel he got in enough competitive action in his three practice days with the Broncos.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Clowney left Wednesday's practice early with an undisclosed injury that head coach Bill O'Brien said was not serious.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney was taken to the Texans' medical tent during Wednesday's joint practice against the Broncos, USA Today reports.
Impact: Clowney reportedly removed his shoulder pads and pointed to the left side of his neck upon entering the Texans' medical tent. At the moment, it's unclear if Clowney's issue will force him to miss any practice or preseason time.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster increased his activity during Tuesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Foster ran primarily with the first-team offense during the first of three joint practices with the Broncos.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (toe) participated in Tuesday's practice, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Joseph, who underwent toe surgery last winter, has missed a lot of time during training camp and has yet to play in a preseason game.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brooks participated in his first practice Tuesday after being removed from the Active/Non-Football Injury list, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Brooks is expected to return to a role as the starting right guard.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas is listed as the starting kick and punt returner for Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Thomas is listed ahead of Keshawn Martin, who got most of the return work in last week's preseason game against the Falcons.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fiedorowicz is listed second on the depth chart behind Garrett Graham for this week's preseason game against Denver, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Fiedorowicz, who has played well in training camp and in preseason games, moves ahead of Ryan Griffin, at least for one game.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nix is expected to make his preseason debut this week against Denver, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Nix, a rookie nose tackle drafted in the third round, underwent knee surgery before training camp. Coach Bill O'Brien said Nix has a lot of catching up to do.