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Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keenum was released by the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: This is the proverbial "second shoe to drop" after the Texans traded for quarterback Ryan Mallett from New England. Keenum's problems in the pocket, which emerged last season when he was exposed to NFL defenses over a stretch of games, never got any better.
Sun. Aug 31, 2014 | STATS
News: The Houston Texans have released Case Keenum, part of a flurry of moves by the team on Sunday.
Impact: Keenum, a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston, had been competing with rookie Tom Savage for the backup role behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. He went 28 for 52 with two interceptions in the preseason, not enough to keep a roster spot despite eight starts in 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.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keenum completed 8-of-17 passes for 70 yards with an interception in Thursday night's preseason loss to the 49ers. He finished with a 33.9 quarterback rating.
Impact: Keenum finishes off an uninspiring preseason, but he was no worse than Tom Savage, who was 8-for-12 for 43 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Head coach Bill O'Brien said the quarterback play "wasn't very good," CSN Houston reports. Bottom line, nothing happened Thursday to alter the quarterback depth chart. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter with Keenum the backup by a small margin over Savage. If there's anything to take away, it's that Fitzpatrick's job is really, really safe.
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.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keenum will start Thursday's preseason finale, since regular-season starter Ryan Fitzpatrick probably won't play, HoustonTexans.com reports.
Impact: Keenum starting Thursday is mostly newsworthy because it indicates he's still ahead of rookie Tom Savage as the Texans' No. 2 quarterback. With the fourth-rounder reportedly closing the gap on Keenum, Thursday's outing represents a significant game for both backups.
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: Keenum remains ahead of rookie Tom Savage on the depth chart, but Savage "closed the gap" after Saturday night's preseason win over Denver, according to coach Bill O'Brien, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Keenum moved the Texans on his first drive of the game that resulted in a field goal but also made some poor decisions and was lucky not to be picked off on a couple of throws. Meanwhile, Savage engineered a game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter.
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: Keenum struggled with his pocket presence during Saturday night's preseason win over Denver, CSN Houston report. He completed 11-of-18 throws for 74 yards and was sacked once.
Impact: The numbers don't stand out as being particularly bad, but there are areas of quarterback play that don't show up in the box score. Continuing a trait that emerged last season, Keenum doesn't handle pressure well in the pocket. He also got lucky that some balls he threw into tight windows weren't picked-off.
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.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage is "still a little behind" Case Keenum in the battle for Houston's backup quarterback job, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Coach Bill O'Brien feels Savage still has some learning to do, though the coach has his concerns about Keenum, too. O'Brien feels Keenum needs to get rid of the ball quicker. The battle for the backup job will continue on through the rest of the preseason, but it sounds like Savage will be the third QB at best to start the season.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keenum, who was the third quarterback used in Saturday night's preseason game, is still ahead of rookie Tom Savage on the depth chart, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Coach Bill O'Brien was discussing the quarterbacks in the day-after press conference and noted that Savage is still "a little behind" Keenum. O'Brien said Keenum did a good job moving the team for the most part but feels the quarterback needs "to get rid of the ball quicker."
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin is "one of the most improved players" on the Texans, according to coach Bill O'Brien, CSN Houston reports. "He's a guy that obviously, he's a special teams kicker returner, punt returner and then we played him at all the spots at the receiver position. We played him outside, put him on the inside and he's improved a great deal."
Impact: Martin was used in several roles during Saturday night's preseason win, returning kicks, catching passes, and running the ball three times. It all bodes well for his chances to stick with the team.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hopkins had two catches on three targets for 19 yards in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: Hopkins has become the team's top wideout in the absence of Andre Johnson, who didn't play in either of the first two preseason games. When Johnson returns, Hopkins will be a starter opposite Johnson, while guys like DeVier Posey, Keshawn Martin, and Mike Thomas look for opportunities in the slot or as a backup outside.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Posey caught one pass on one target for eight yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over Atlanta. He drew the start at wideout, as Andre Johnson didn't dress for the game.
Impact: Texans' quarterbacks targeted 14 different players, so we're not reading too much into the lone target for Posey. What should be noted is that Posey was part of the two-minute offense when he scored his touchdown. We'll start to get a clearer picture of the wideout depth chart beginning next week.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keenum was the third quarterback used in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta. He completed 6-of-12 passes for 81 yards with an interception and a 37.2 quarterback rating.
Impact: Head coach Bill O'Brien had rookie quarterback Tom Savage enter the game following starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, but that was a one-game thing. Keenum remains the top backup at this point. If it turns out that his play doesn't warrant the job, we suspect the Texans will bring in a veteran free agent to operate behind Fitzpatrick.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage, who entered Saturday's preseason game, after starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick handled the first two offensive series, completed 4-of-5 passes for eight yards.
Impact: Savage had a couple of drives with the first and second-team offenses, but did little before he was replaced late in the second quarter, so that Fitzpatrick could have a chance to engineer a two-minute drill. Despite Savage being the second quarterback Saturday, the backup job still belongs to Case Keenum or a veteran to be named later, should Keenum not be up to the task.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas did not dress for Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta.
Impact: There's been no word on why Thomas didn't dress and it's somewhat surprising, after he was one of the few bright spots in last week's preseason-opening loss to Arizona.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin caught three passes on three targets for 39 yards in Houston's preseason win over Atlanta on Saturday. He added three rushing attempts for 26 yards.
Impact: Martin had a big grab for 31 yards in Houston's two-minute offense that produced a touchdown late in the first half. With Andre Johnson and Mike Thomas not dressing Saturday, the Texans got a look at several wideouts, including Martin. Beyond Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, the wide receiver depth chart still needs to be fleshed out.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Powell had six carries for 17 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: Powell was brought into camp after Houston's shake up of the running back corps earlier this week. He saw all of his action in the fourth quarter.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown had six carries for three yards and caught one pass for nine yards in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: The veteran back was brought into camp, after the Texans shook up their running back corps early in the week. He entered the game at the start of the third quarter along with backups and third-team players.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Su'a-Filo started at right guard in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: The rookie lineman has been coming on, after a late start to offseason training. The right guard spot is likely Brandon Brooks' job when he returns, but Su'a-Filo could emerge as the starter at left guard ahead of Ben Jones.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hal returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown during Saturday's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: Hal, a seventh-round pick in 2014, was on the field with the third-team defense late in the game.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson, who did not play in Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta, had DeVier Posey start in place of him for the Texans.
Impact: We're not surprised to see head coach Bill O'Brien keep Johnson sidelined. Houston's top receiver returned to practice this week, after an extended absence due to a hamstring injury.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster, who did not play in Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta, had Jonathan Grimes once again start in his place for the Texans.
Impact: This was expected, as Foster only returned to practice this week, following an extended absence due to a hamstring injury. We'll be worried if he doesn't play next week.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watt was held out of Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta.
Impact: There's nothing to be concerned about here, as this was just a routine week off in preseason.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Denham blocked a punt, which led to a Houston special-teams touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: An undrafted free agent out of Utah, Denham needs to excel on special teams to make the final roster. Houston has three tight ends ahead of him on the depth chart.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fiedorowicz got some snaps with the first team offense during Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta, CSN Houston reports. Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up with the rookie tight end on consecutive plays in Houston's first touchdown drive.
Impact: Altough he missed a block in the first half, Fiedorowicz is making a good impression with his pass-catching. However, the rookie has a couple of proven catchers (Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin) ahead of him on the depth chart.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney made an impact in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta with a tackle for loss and sack on consecutive plays.
Impact: Clowney, who played the first two defensive series, now has three tackles for loss in his first two preseason games.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fitzpatrick completed 9-of-12 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown with a 126.0 rating in Saturday night's preseason win over the Falcons.
Impact: Fitzpatrick looked much different Saturday than he did during last week's opener. He made good throws and decisions, in leading the Texans on two touchdown drives. He directed Houston's first two drives before being removed, but then was brought back into game to engineer a two-minute drill just before the end of the first half.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bullock was successful on a 40-yard field goal and made two extra points in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: He's locked in a battle with rookie Chris Boswell, but the rookie shanked a couple of 33-yard extra-point attempts. The competition will continue, but Bullock clearly moved ahead of Boswell after Saturday's outing.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boswell shanked two 33-yard extra-point attempts in Saturday night's preseason win over Atlanta.
Impact: The rookie didn't do himself any favors in the battle to unseat Randy Bullock for Houston's place kicking job. Boswell did connect late in the game on a 33-yard field goal, but those extra-point misses will not be easily forgotten. Bullock made his two extra-point attempts and hit a 40-yard field goal in the game.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blue rushed six times for 22 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.
Impact: Following the release of Andre Brown, Blue is third on the depth chart, behind only Arian Foster (hamstring) and Saturday's starter Jonathan Grimes. Blue was also mixed in with the first-team offense, notably drawing three consecutive carries inside the Falcons' 15-yard line, the last of which went for a one-yard score. While Grimes is leading the battle to back-up Arian Foster, Blue may be second in line for goal-line carries. There's also some chance that veterans Ronnie Brown and William Powell could make a bid to move up the depth chart.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Starting in place of Arian Foster (hamstring), Grimes gained 42 yards on nine carries and 25 yards on three receptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.
Impact: Grimes is listed second on the depth chart, and his usage in Saturday's game backed that up, even though he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. That he was playing special teams in the fourth quarter isn't all that surprising, as Grimes was thought to be competing for the No. 3/4 running back job before the Texans released Andre Brown. Now the favorite to serve as Arian Foster's top backup, Grimes added to his momentum with a strong performance Saturday. Alfred Blue, who is now well positioned to earn the No. 3 role, did score a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday's game. As for Foster, the star running back is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but he is coming off an injury-plagued 2013 campaign.