Houston Texans Player News: All Positions

News: Reader notched three tackles (one solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers.
Impact: Used primarily as a run stopper, Reader's value in IDP formats will ebb and flow as the season moves along, but his performance in Week 3 was fruitful and certainly showed what the young lineman is capable of. Reader was a force for much of Sunday's game; the 25-year-old defensive tackle recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, in addition to his sack total.
News: Joseph led Houston with nine tackles (eight solo) in Week 3, helping the Texans defeat the Chargers 27-20 on Sunday.
Impact: The veteran cornerback also knocked down a pair of passes in the win. Through three games, Joseph has provided Houston with stellar secondary play, but his value in IDP formats is limited by a lack of interceptions (just five total over the past four seasons). Joseph, 35, is in the final year of his contract.
News: Mercilus had five tackles, two tackles for losses, a quarterback hit and a strip sack in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
Impact: For the second week in a row, a turnover caused by Mercilus led to Houston's game-winning score. His strip sack of quarterback Phil Rivers caused a fumble recovered by teammate Zach Cunningham and led to Houston's third touchdown. He leads the team with four sacks, has caused three fumbles and owns an interception through three weeks.
News: Watt had five tackles, two sacks, five quarterback hits and two tackles for losses in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
Impact: After getting shut out Week 1, Watt has gradually made his presence felt the last two weeks. Following last week when he had a quarterback hit and recovered a key fumble, Watt was a consistent presence in the backfield against the Chargers, recording his first sacks of the season.
News: Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and converted three of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
Impact: Fairbairn's missed field-goal was a 56-yard attempt as time ran out before halftime, so no shame in that. The Texans have done a much better job of finishing drives in 2019, hitting paydirt six of seven times when reaching the red zone. That's had a cooling effect on Fairbairn, who led the NFL in field-goal attempts in 2018 but has just three through the first three weeks of 2019.
News: Fells caught five of six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
Impact: Fells led Houston's tight ends in snaps and targets for a second straight game but took a back seat to Jordan Akins, who caught two touchdowns, as a receiver. Houston's tight ends took on an expanded role in the gameplan against the Chargers, receiving 11 targets in Week 3 after being targeted a combined seven times over the first two games. Maybe not so coincidentally, involving the tight ends led to quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing for a season-high 351 yards, the fifth-highest total of his three-year career.
News: Akins caught three of five targets for 73 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
Impact: Akins was wide open on his first TD, a 15-yard strike that turned out to be the winning score. The second touchdown was a 53-yard catch-and-run on a busted play, kept alive by quarterback Deshaun Watson's scrambling before he found Akins alone in the middle of the field. From there, he went untouched down the sideline. Akins established single-game highs in targets, catches and yards while scoring the first touchdowns of his two-year tenure in Houston. The Texans got their tight ends involved Week 3, a departure from previous gameplans. Akins and Darren Fells combined for 11 targets, eight catches, 122 yards and three touchdowns. The heavy involvement may be a one-game anomaly, but it could develop into a more consistent element of the offense if opponents devote more resources to Houston's wideouts.
News: Johnson gained two yards on two carries and added 22 receiving yards while catching two of three targets in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
Impact: The optimist will see that Johnson's share of backfield playing time increased relative to Week 2 -- from 39 percent to 48 percent -- and that he had more total yards than Carlos Hyde (24 yards to 19). But it's all about the touches, and he's losing out to Hyde, who managed to add a red-zone touchdown plunge. Johnson remains part of the mix, particularly on passing downs, but he's been a relative non-factor as a fantasy asset for two straight games.
News: Stills hauled in four of his six targets for 89 yards in Week 3 against the Chargers.
Impact: Stills made the most of his four receptions, totaling 89 yards to pace the team. His role in the offense increased, as he matched his combined target total from Weeks 1 and 2. Also of note is that Stills appears to be taking over at least some of Will Fuller's role as the primary deep threat, hauling in a catch of over 30 yards in all three of the team's contests this season. He'll look to continue to grow his role in the offense in Week 4 as the Texans draw a matchup against the Cowboys.
News: Fuller hauled in five of his seven targets for 51 yards in Week 3 against the Chargers.
Impact: Fuller tied for the team lead with seven targets, his second consecutive week with that mark. However, he still failed to find the end zone and broke free for only one big play of 30 yards. He was otherwise held in check by the Chargers, which is becoming a concerning trend for the perennial big-play threat. After two long catches in Week 1, Fuller has averaged only 10 yards per catch in Weeks 2 and 3 respectively. He'll look to put on a show in primetime, as the Texans draw a Week 4 matchup against the Cowboys.
News: Hyde carried the ball 10 times for 19 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Chargers.
Impact: Hyde was the clear lead back once again, out touching Duke Johnson 10-4. Despite entering the game averaging 5.8 yards per carry, Hyde managed only 1.9 yards per attempt with his longest rush going for just 10 yards. Still, he salvaged his day by reaching the end zone, his first score of the season. Hyde will look to bounce back in Week 4 against the Panthers.
News: Reid went to the locker room to have his shoulder checked during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers but returned to the game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Reid's been dealing with shoulder pains throughout the young season and gutted it out Sunday, finishing with seven tackles. "It will flare up and then I just got to give it a sec to calm down and then get ready to go again," Reid said. "I won't let anything hold me off the field." Reid ranks third on the Texans with 21 tackles through three games.
News: Watson completed 24 of his 34 pass attempts for 351 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Chargers. He also rushed the ball seven times for 18 yards.
Impact: Watson passed for three touchdowns for the second time in three contests this season. However he displayed improved efficiency, as he completed a season-best 73 percent of his passes and also averaged over 10 yards per attempt. Of note, he was sacked only twice after being taken down six and four times respectively in Weeks 1 and 2, which almost certainly contributed to his stellar performance. Already a top flight fantasy option, Watson will look to keep things in Week 4 against the Panthers.
News: Hopkins hauled in six of his seven targets for 67 yards in Week 3 against the Chargers.
Impact: Hopkins posted a strong catch rate, but couldn't shake loose of the Chargers defense. His longest reception went for 34 yards, with the rest of five receptions accounting for a total of just 33 yards. Since finding the end zone twice and posting 111 yards in Week 1, Hopkins has combined for just 107 yards with no touchdowns in his past two games. He'll look return to his dominant form in Week 4 against the Panthers.
News: Omenihu (knee) returned to Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The rookie fifth-round pick made one tackle before leaving. He's back in the game after missing a few drives, and he'll continue rotating in occasionally behind J.J. Watt and Angelo Blackson.
News: Omenihu (left knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unclear how Omenihu picked up the injury, but he was forced to leave the game in the second quarter, and could use halftime to get extra treatment for a second half return. In the meantime, Brandon Dunn could be in line to see some added reps as the only healthy depth lineman for the Texans.
News: Tunsil (ankle) is active for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.
Impact: Tunsil struggled to hold off the Saints' defensive front in Week 2, so he'll look for improvement against a similarly talented Chargers.
News: Kelemete (wrist) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.
Impact: Kelemete is a reserve lineman, so his absence will only affect the Texans in the event of injury. Tytus Howard will continue starting at left guard.
News: Jones (elbow) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.
Impact: Jones will miss his second straight game. When Jones last suited up in Week 1, he was only used in a special teams role since Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson are the top running backs.