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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.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boswell and Randy Bullock remain in competition for Houston's starting placekicking job, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Bill O'Brien said the job remains wide open as the Texans prepare to play the Falcons in a preseason game Saturday.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bullock and Chris Boswell remain in competition for Houston's placekicking job, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Bill O'Brien said the job remains wide open as the Texans head into Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson, who missed several days of training camp with a hamstring injury, practiced for a second consecutive day Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Bill O'Brien said Johnson was "closer to being full time," but has not determined whether the wideout will play this weekend against Atlanta.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster, who had missed several days of training camp with a hamstring injury, was on the practice field for a second consecutive day Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Bill O'Brien said Foster was "closer to being full time," but stopped short of saying the running back would play this weekend against the Falcons.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Keenum saw some first-team reps at practice Thursday, before giving way to Ryan Fitzpatrick, per Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com, coach Bill O'Brien indicated that Keenum is not in line to see any first-team reps in Saturday's preseason contest against the Falcons, according to James Palmer of Comcast Sportsnet Houston.
Impact: While Keenum's first-teams reps Thursday are worth noting, Ryan Fitzpatrick remains the Texans' presumed starter at quarterback, which is reflected by the team's unofficial depth chart, with Keenum seemingly holding the edge over rookie Tom Savage for the team's top backup job.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: In the wake of the release of Andre Brown, the Texans' latest unofficial depth chart lists Grimes as the team's No. 2 running back behind Arian Foster, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, Alfred Blue is listed third on the team's RB depth chart, followed by newcomers Ronnie Brown and William Powell. While Foster is back at practice as of Wednesday, who emerges as his top backup is a situation of fantasy import, given his recent injury history. For now at least, it's an assignment that Grimes appears to be in the lead to claim.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cushing (knee) has passed his physical and was removed from the Texans' PUP list, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Cushing, who suffered a broken leg and torn LCL last October, suited up for Wednesday's practice. While his return to the field is an encouraging sign, it remains to be seen when Cushing will be ready for game action. Once he reestablishes his health, Cushing (who notched 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven games last season) will merit IDP consideration while manning a starting inside linebacker role for the Texans.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (hamstring) was present for Wednesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen if Johnson suits up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Falcons, but his presence on the practice field Wednesday would appear to confirm the notion previously put forth by coach Bill O'Brien that the veteran wideout's hamstring issue was a minor one.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster (hamstring) suited up for Wednesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Though we'd expect Foster to be eased back into action during the Texans' joint practices with the Falcons on Wednesday and Thursday, coach Bill O'Brien previously indicated that there's a possibility that the running back could suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against Atlanta. When healthy, Foster is in line to serve as the Texans' top back, but in the wake of Andre Brown's release -- as well as some other moves by the team at the running back position -- the Texans' No. 2 RB slot is up for grabs, with the team's current unofficial depth chart now listing Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue behind Foster, followed by newcomers Ronnie Brown and William Powell.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blue and Jonathan Grimes got most of the carries during Tuesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Blue is positioned as the third running back on the depth chart after starter Arian Foster (hamstring) and Grimes, who was the breakout performer in Houston's preseason loss Saturday.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grimes and Alfred Blue got most of the carries during Tuesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: After Monday's position shakeup in which three backs were let go and two others were signed, Grimes has emerged as the leading back with Arian Foster still sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nix (knee) was activated off the Texans' PUP list Tuesday.
Impact: The knee injury has grounded Nix's professional career to this point, but the Texans aren't closing the door on him being a key part of their defensive line as a rookie. Any chances he may have had at winning the starting nose tackle job, however, may have been compromised due to his extended absence.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though not reflected by the Texans' posted depth chart, Grimes continued to work ahead of Alfred Blue and Andre Brown in practice Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Brown was signed during the offseason, presumably to replace Ben Tate as Arian Foster's (undisclosed) top backup, and while it's too early to write him off as a candidate for that assignment, with his carries limited Monday during practice, it's fair to consider the possibility that Grimes may have emerged as a candidate for the job. It's a position battle to monitor, especially with Foster -- who is currently banged up -- coming off a 2013 season in which he played eight games.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Bill O'Brien reiterated that there's a possibility that Foster (hamstring) can play this week against Atlanta, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Foster didn't practice Monday, but O'Brien indicated he's improved and is hopeful he'll play Saturday.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Su'a-Filo played 24 snaps at both left guard and left tackle in Saturday's preseason opener. Coach Bill O'Brien is pleased with the rookie lineman, who has also played some center during training camp, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: The rookie got a late start in his offseason training due to finishing up his classes at UCLA, but he's been a quick learner. Su'a-Filo is getting plenty of opportunity right now with the injury to guard Brandon Brooks (non-football injury list) and will get more snaps in the coming preseason games.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With the Texans releasing three running backs Monday, Blue is positioned as the third back on the depth chart. He's behind Jonathan Grimes, who has become the backup to Arian Foster (undisclosed). The Texans also brought in two backs, Ronnie Brown and William Powell.
Impact: The shakeup has reshuffled the names to consider as Foster's backup. Coach Bill O'Brien is hopeful that Foster, who sat out the preseason opener with an undisclosed injury, will be able to play this week against the Falcons. But the No. 2 back is still a job that bears watching, considering Foster's heavy workload and recent injury history. Blue, who has made an impact in training camp, was the second running back used in Saturday's preseason opener.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cornett was released by the Texans, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Cornett was part of a significant reshuffling in the backfield as the Texans released three running backs and signed two others.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown agreed to terms with the Texans on Monday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Brown was signed Monday along with fellow running back William Powell, both of whom will compete for a job backing up starter Arian Foster (undisclosed). They'll have to go through both Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue in order to work their way up the depth chart. Brown has carried the ball 1,261 times over nine NFL season, but the Texans evidently believe he has enough left in the tank to potentially serve as a quality backup in 2014.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Powell signed a two-year deal with the Texans on Monday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports.
Impact: Powell last saw time in the NFL in 2012, when he gained 217 yards on 60 carries for the Cardinals. He'll now attempt to compete for a backup role in Houston but will have to fight off both Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue if he's going to earn meaningful snaps. Following Monday's release of Andre Brown, the Texans worked out several suitors in search of more running back depth, and Powell will serve as one potential solution.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Texans have released Johnson, according to ESPN.com.
Impact: Andre Brown was also let go Monday, per the report, with the moves, at least for now, leaving Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue next in line in the Houston backfield behind starter Arian Foster (undisclosed).
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grimes could be in line for an increased role in the Houston offense, as the Texans released Andre Brown on Monday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: With top back Arian Foster (undisclosed) out, Grimes started and led the Texans in rushing during their first preseason contest against the Cardinals on Saturday, carrying the ball 10 times for 39 yards. With Brown and Dennis Johnson now out of the mix, Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue, in that order, appear to be next in line behind Foster. The team could also add running back competition in the coming days, but Grimes' value gets a boost in the meantime. Considering Foster's injury history, and the fact that he's currently hampered by an undisclosed ailment, there could definitely be some value to find in Grimes or Blue, at the very least, as a handcuff to Foster.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown was released by the Texans on Monday, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Texans rid themselves of both Brown and Dennis Johnson from their backfield, leaving Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue, and Tim Cornett as the sole healthy running back options at the moment. Meanwhile, Brown's release isn't too much of a shock considering he garnered no carries in the first preseason tilt, after which he was listed as the fifth running back on the depth chart.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown appears to be, at best, fifth on the depth chart, CSN Houston reports. He didn't play in the preseason opener Saturday while Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue, and Dennis Johnson got all the carries.
Impact: Coach Bill O'Brien hasn't laid out the running back depth chart, but all indications are that Brown is not high on the list. After not using Brown in the preseason opener, O'Brien would only say that Brown is "involved with special teams" and that the running back position is "challenging" and "competitive." It would appear O'Brien has learned a few things from his former boss, Bill Belichick, including vagueness when answering questions. Things could change before the end of training camp, but for those looking for Arian Foster insurance, it looks like Grimes is the best bet right now.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Houston coach Bill O'Brien explained Brown's absence in Saturday's preseason opener, noting the team wasn't on offense enough to give him a chance, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The Texans ran just 41 offensive plays Saturday, and starter Jonathan Grimes gobbled up most of the first-half carries before giving way to Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson in the second half. O'Brien wanted to see the first-team offense execute and left them in for much of the first half. What hasn't been explained is why Brown wasn't the starter, despite being listed second on the depth chart behind injured No. 1 running back Arian Foster (undisclosed). It could be simply that O'Brien knows what he has in Brown, the veteran, and wanted to get a look at the players with less of an NFL track record.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savage was checked for a concussion following Saturday night's preseason loss to Arizona, the Texans' official site reports. The rookie appeared to be shaken following a sack.
Impact: Houston head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Savage was okay. Savage went 2-for-3 with 14 yards in the game.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cushing (knee) is expected to begin practicing this week, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Cushing probably won't be ready to play in this week's preseason game against Atlanta, but is getting closer to taking the field.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (hamstring) may be able to play in this week's preseason game against Atlanta, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Johnson has been sidelined since the opening of camp with a hamstring, but head coach Bill O'Brien said "there is a shot" Johnson plays this week.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foster (hamstring) could play in this week's preseason game against Atlanta, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Foster has been sidelined for most of preseason with lingering issues, but head coach Bill O'Brien said "there is a shot" Foster suits up this week.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin caught one pass for six yards on three targets in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals.
Impact: With Andre Johnson (hamstring) not playing, DeAndre Hopkins and DeVier Posey started on the outside while Mike Thomas served as the slot man in three-wide sets. Martin is unlikely to earn any kind of significant role in the offense, but he should stand a pretty good chance to stick around as a return man and No. 5 wide receiver.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Posey caught one pass for nine yards on two targets in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals.
Impact: With Andre Johnson (hamstring) sidelined, Posey drew the start across from DeAndre Hopkins while Mike Thomas manned the slot in three-wide sets. The Texans are expected to lean on two-tight end formations, and the team's starting wideout duo of Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins should be a good one. With Arian Foster (undisclosed) also likely to gobble up targets, there won't be much left for Posey and the other non-Hopkins/Johnson receivers. Thomas is perhaps the front-runner to open the season as the slot man in three-wide formations, but Posey is probably ahead of the veteran in terms of replacing an injured Hopkins or Johnson, as a starter in two-wide sets.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Powe had three tackles and one sack in Saturday night's 32-0 preseason loss to Arizona.
Impact: Powe was one of the few bright spots on defense for Houston. He's looking to become the starting nose tackle and Saturday's effort further embosses his status as the front-runner for the job.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Adams returned three kicks and a punt in Houston's 32-0 preseason loss to Arizona on Saturday. He averaged 22 yards on the kick returns and gained seven yards on the lone punt return.
Impact: Adams, who wasn't targeted as a receiver on offense, muffed his one punt return, but was able to recover it. Both of Houston's return jobs are open and Adams has good results as a collegiate returner. If he's to make the final roster, it will be because he wins one or both of the return jobs.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown, who did not play in Houston's first preseason game Saturday night, appears to have been the victim of the game circumstances. Head coach Bill O'Brien said he stuck with starter Jonathan Grimes because Houston's inept offense didn't get off many plays in the first half, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: O'Brien added that he wanted to get rookie Alfred Blue some work, too, and it just worked out that Brown didn't get into the game. We expect to get more clarification in the coming days regarding the running back depth chart. An unofficial depth chart for Saturday's game was released by the team earlier in the week and it showed Brown as the number two starter behind starter Arian Foster, who was unavailable Saturday due to injury.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas led all Houston receivers with four catches for 40 yards in Saturday night's 32-0 preseason loss to the Cardinals.
Impact: With Andre Johnson (hamstring) unavailable, the Texans started DeAndre Hopkins and DeVier Posey at outside wideout with Thomas in the slot. Thomas was a rare bright spot in the blowout loss and could emerge with the starting job full time when the season starts.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fitzpatrick completed 6-of-14 passes for 55 yards with two interceptions in Saturday night's 32-0 preseason loss to the Cardinals. He finished with a 14.6 quarterback rating.
Impact: This was not a good start for Fitzpatrick, who played the entire first half and had a good deal of the first team offense with him. Head coach Bill O'Brien was quick to deflect blame for the loss toward Fitzpatrick, noting that it was an entire team breakdown.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney made his pro debut Saturday night in Houston's preseason opener against the Cardinals. He had one tackle, bringing down a ball carrier for a five-yard loss.
Impact: Clowney has been disruptive in training camp practices and he had some good moments Saturday. He also struggled in coverage, something that was to expected of the lineman-turned-linebacker. He also gave up a touchdown on a wheel route, but it was called back for a penalty.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Griffin saw one target in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals.
Impact: Griffin, Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz are all in the mix for playing time, with Graham listed atop the initial depth chart. The Texans are expected to make heavy use of two-tight end sets, but Griffin is a risky option so long as his role is uncertain. Hopefully, the preseason and remainder of training camp will provide some clues. With neither Griffin nor Graham highly regarded as a blocker, it's hard to imagine both drawing consistent snaps. Fiedorowicz is considered to be a much better blocker, but he probably won't be as big of a receiving threat, at least not as a rookie this season.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Graham did not catch his one target in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals.
Impact: Graham is listed atop the depth chart, but it isn't entirely clear how the Texans' tight ends will be used. Hulking rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz profiles as an in-line tight end, while Graham and Ryan Griffin are more threatening in the slot. The Texans are expected to use plenty of two-tight end formations, and there are three players in the mix for snaps. It'll be an interesting situation to watch this preseason, but Saturday's game didn't provide many clues.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blue worked as the No. 2 running back in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, gaining 30 yards on five carries and 14 yards on two receptions.
Impact: Listed No. 4 on the initial depth chart, Blue worked behind only Jonathan Grimes, who was listed fifth or sixth. Arian Foster (undisclosed) was ruled out ahead of time, but no explanation has been given for Andre Brown's absence. Dennis Johnson, who is listed third on the depth chart, got a few touches in the fourth quarter. It'll be interesting to hear what coach Bill O'Brien says, as all of this may have been fairly meaningless in terms of regular-season consequences. Blue is thought to be jockeying with Johnson for the No. 3 role behind Foster and Brown.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grimes surprisingly started Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, gaining 39 yards on 10 carries.
Impact: Arian Foster (undisclosed) was ruled out beforehand, but it was a surprise that Andre Brown didn't play. There should be an explanation within the next day or two, as it's safe to assume that Grimes didn't jump from No. 5/6 on the depth chart all the way to No. 2. While this may be entirely meaningless, it's possible that Grimes is a threat to Dennis Johnson and Alfred Blue, who are listed third and fourth on the depth chart, respectively.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown did not play in the first half of Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, The Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith reports.
Impact: With Arian Foster (undisclosed) out, Brown was in line to get the start, with Alfred Blue expected to work as the top backup. Instead, Jonathan Grimes got the starting nod, and Blue was second into the game. Brown surprisingly didn't play at all, but we wouldn't read too much into it. There will likely be some explanation either late Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas is listed as the starting punt and kick returner for Saturday night's preseason game against the Cardinals, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: The return job is open to competition, but the incumbent Keshawn Martin is still around. Thomas is also expected to spend some time in the slot this season.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (toe) will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against Arizona, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Joseph, who underwent toe surgery in the offseason, has been brought along slowly. The Texans want him ready for the regular season opener.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clowney (groin) returned to practice Thursday, CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Clowney, who missed a few practices earlier this week, should be ready to go for Saturday's preseason opener against Arizona.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Clowney says he'll start Saturday's preseason opener at Arizona after missing practice time this week with an undisclosed injury. Clowney's proclamation seemed to catch Texans coach Bill O'Brien by surprise.
Impact: Clowney returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out the last three workouts. Clowney had sports hernia surgery on June 12, missed the team's three-day minicamp and has been limited in training camp. He hurt himself late in last Saturday's workout.