Texans Rumors & News

  • Texans extend G.M. Rick Smith’s contract through 2020

    Houston Chronicle "Stability in his front office is paramount for success as an organization, and that is one reason owner Bob McNair awarded general manager Rick Smith with a four-year contract extension Friday. Smith, who oversees all personnel decisions, had one year left on his second contract with the..." July 30

  • DeAndre Hopkins walks out of Texans camp

    Pro Football Talk "Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins wants more money, and he’s holding out to get it. Hopkins left training camp and began a holdout this morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Last week, Hopkins said he wants the Texans to pay him “what I’m worth,” but he did not elaborate on his feelings. By..." July 30

  • Who reaches Super Bowl LI? 2016 NFL record projections for all 32 teams

    USA Today "Heading into training camps, all 32 NFL teams have essentially taken shape. So before injuries, benchings, firings, (more) suspensions and hot streaks start shaping the 2016 season, here's USA TODAY Sports' annual projection of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based..." July 27

  • Texans Training Camp: Five Players Put On PUP List, One Player Signed

    Battle Red Blog "The current ability to physically perform of one Justin James Watt has been dissected at some length, but he won't be the only member of your Houston Texans who starts training camp on the sidelines. Additionally, the Texans announced that they've signed another wide receiver. Quenton Bundrage..." July 26

  • Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

    Sportsnaut "New details have emerged regarding what the Denver Broncos were willing to offer their former quarterback, Brock Osweiler, to stay with the team. “I know Denver was willing to go $18.5 per (year) and at least put a $35 million guaranteed offer in front of him,” Benjamin Allbright of..." July 26

  • Injured Watt tweets message: 'See you on the field very soon'

    The Score "Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt made his first public comments, via Twitter, since undergoing back surgery last week that could see him miss the first game of his career. As I sit here, recovering from back surgery, the doctors won't really let me do much, so I end up just pacing..." July 25

  • Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins wants fair deal for his skills

    ESPN "Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is the next Texans first-round pick due for a contract extension. He's not consuming himself with those negotiations, but he has an idea of what he wants. "I'm not looking for a certain range," Hopkins said, during a break at a football camp for local children. "I..." July 23

  • J.J. Watt undergoes back surgery, to start camp on PUP

    Pro Football Talk "J.J. Watt has endured a number of injuries and hasn’t missed a game yet. But there’s reason for concern as the Texans’ superstar defensive end was about to head to training camp. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Watt has undergone back surgery, and will open camp on the..." July 21

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, ESPN.com reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Braxton Miller is "just a playmaker"

    HoustonTexans.com "Don’t pigeonhole Braxton Miller. The Texans rookie has been projected by many to be a slot receiver. That’s a definite possibility. But the former Ohio State Buckeye said he preferred to be called the “P” word. “Playmaker,” Miller said in a recent SiriusXM radio interview. “Just a..." July 18

  • Arian Foster to work out for Dolphins, Lions

    NFL.com "There are only two top-30 free agents remaining in Around The NFL's top-99 free agents list. One of them is Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose stalemate with the Jets has seemingly lasted as long as Deflategate (ok, maybe it hasn't been that dragged out). The other player? Former Texans running back Arian..." July 18

  • Osweiler: Hopkins can catch anything as long as you put it in bounds

    USA Today "By the time the Houston Texans' 2015 season ended with a thud, a 30-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in a wild-card game, it was clear what needed to change. The Texans, who overcame a 2-5 start to win the lackluster AFC South, needed to upgrade key offensive positions. More specifically, they..." July 17

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Lindsey Vonn’s ‘groin’ joke is too much for J.J. Watt

    New York Post "J.J. Watt didn’t intend to be the highlight of the ESPYs red carpet, but Lindsey Vonn made it happen in the most mortifying of ways. While doing a joint interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm on Wednesday night, Vonn took a shot at Watt for being a no-show at her pool party. Grabbing his bicep,..." July 15

  • Texans Sign Ra'Zahn Howard After 2016 NFL Supplemental Draft

    Battle Red Blog "The defensive tackle from Purdue wasn't drafted today, but he still finds himself embarking on a career in the NFL with the Texans. The NFL had its annual Supplemental Draft today, and none of the six players eligible were drafted. Yet that doesn't mean that one of those six didn't become a..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • Michael Irvin thinks it’s J.J. Watt’s fault the Texans haven’t won a title

    Pro Football Talk "Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin won three Super Bowl rings during his years with the Cowboys, and so he thinks players should be judged based on their postseason accomplishments. And that’s where, Irvin says, Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt falls short. Irvin said on NFL Network that the..." July 09

  • Is Jadeveon Clowney Primed For a Breakout Season in 2016?

    Battle Red Blog "After two seasons of enduring a multitude of injuries and related surgeries, perhaps we'll finally see Jadeveon Clowney deliver on the significant investment the Houston Texans made in him back in the 2014 NFL Draft. The burning question is if these injuries were an anomaly of unfortunate..." July 07

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Texans' DeAndre Hopkins hangs out with Johnny Manziel's ex

    Houston Chronicle "Houston Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins spent at least part of his Fourth of July weekend with Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. On Tuesday, Hopkins posted a photo to Instagram with the Houston native and a caption that reads: "H-town in Malibu @coll_crowley." Both Hopkins..." July 07

  • How Improved Will The Houston Texans' Offense Be In 2016?

    Battle Red Blog "Our friends at numberFire recently published a piece detailing which five NFL offenses should be the most improved in 2016, and guess what? Your Houston Texans made the list. Here's what Austan Kas had to say: No team added more offensive talent this offseason -- through the draft and free..." July 05

  • Texans' Braxton Miller has 'chip on his shoulder' in switching positions

    Houston Chronicle "The assumption was made by some that Braxton Miller would struggle during his conversion from the quarterback position. A former Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy candidate at Ohio State, Miller proved to be a natural at wide receiver. He impressed the Texans enough..." July 04

  • Emmanuel Sanders endorses Brock Osweiler as a leader

    247 Sports "Quarterback Brock Osweiler has taken on a new role with the Houston Texans. After serving as a backup for the majority of his four years with the Denver Broncos, he is now been handed a starting role. During his seven-game stretch as Denver's starting quarterback last season, Broncos wide..." July 02

  • Texans minority owner Philip Burguieres dies

    Houston Chronicle "Texans limited partner Philip Burguieres, a former vice chairman of the franchise who played a key role in helping owner Bob McNair bring the NFL back to Houston, died Thursday night. Burguieres, a Louisiana native, served as McNair's right-hand man with the Texans and other business ventures..." July 02

  • Texans propose new NFL logo featuring nude Wilfork

    USA Today "Ladies and gentlemen, Friday has been cancelled. Because on Thursday afternoon the Texans tweeted out their amended version of the NFL shield, complete with Vince Wilfork’s glorious naked silhouette imposed on it. Nothing anyone does today can hold a candle to this image, so we shouldn’t even try." July 02

  • Texans' Mercilus plans to be ready for training camp

    The Score "Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus expects to be fully recovered from a hamstring injury ahead of training camp. Mercilus sat out during organized team activities as a result. Coming off his breakout season where he recorded 52 tackles and 12 sacks, Mercilus is looking to return to..." July 01

  • Brock Osweiler calls wife his offensive coordinator

    The Score "Borat Brock Osweiler wants Houston Texans fans to know who should share the credit for helping him learn a new offense: "My wife!" Osweiler explained his spouse is helping him learn the Texans' playbook by reading his calls to him and expecting him to regurgitate the information quickly and..." July 01

  • Brock Osweiler diving right in to his Texans quarterback education

    ESPN "The quizzes began early. Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and offensive coordinator George Godsey sent Brock Osweiler to the front of the team meeting room to stand on stage with five linemen during the first week of the team's offseason program. The offensive players he would soon lead..." June 30

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Texans like tight end Ryan Griffin's versatility

    Houston Chronicle "When tight end Ryan Griffin sprained his medial collateral ligament in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Texans deemed him valuable enough to hold a roster spot for him rather than shelve him for the season. Once Griffin was activated from injured reserve-designated to..." June 29

  • Wilfork flaunts his body, tells Brady to have wife Gisele call him

    The Score "Now that he's had a taste of the modeling world, Houston Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is ready to take it on full force." June 29

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Texans GM hopes Jadeveon Clowney is done with injuries

    Sportsnaut "Jadeveon Clowney has had his fair share of injuries since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2014 by the Houston Texans, who hope he’s already met his career quota. General manager Rick Smith, who says Clowney has been “pretty disruptive, pretty impactful” on the field when healthy, wants to..." June 26

  • Peyton Manning says he will be rooting for six teams in 2016

    College Spun "Peyton Manning’s retirement from the NFL has apparently increased his fandom of the league. The former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback revealed earlier this week that he’ll be rooting for six different teams this fall. Those teams: Broncos, Colts, Giants, Texans,..." June 26

  • DeAndre Hopkins wants a cut of fantasy winnings

    The Score "Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins helped hundreds, if not thousands, of fantasy football managers win their respective leagues last season, and he wants his cut. The 24-year-old is still on his rookie contract after recording 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in his third year, leading..." June 26

  • Texans sign 1st-round pick Will Fuller

    Houston Chronicle "Texans first-round draft pick Will Fuller has agreed to terms on his rookie contract. The Texans have now completed deals with their entire rookie class. Drafted 21st overall out of Notre Dame, Fuller is projected to sign a $10.164 million contract that includes a $5.592 million signing..." June 26

  • Peyton rooting for Osweiler to have a great year

    Pro Football Talk "In his first year of retirement, Peyton Manning will have a lot of favorite teams. One will be the Texans. Manning said today at the Manning Passing Academy that he’ll be rooting for Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, his old teammate in Denver, to have a big year in his first season as a..." June 24

  • Reebok unveils J.J. Watt's signature shoe

    The Score "Reebok unveiled the signature shoe of Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt on Thursday, dubbed "The J.J." Watt attended the event in New York City, telling reporters that becoming one of the few athletes to receive their own signature sneaker was "the coolest day ever." The three-time..." June 23

  • Arian Foster reportedly ready to roll by training camp

    Pro Football Talk "About a month ago, Arian Foster said he was about a month away from being back to full strength after tearing his Achilles last year. Now, he’s sending out signals that he’s ready to find a new team. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, a source close to the former Texans running back..." June 22

  • Vince Wilfork is one of three NFL players to get naked for ESPN's 'Body Issue'

    CBS Sports "In past years, physical specimens like Rob Gronkowski and Odell Beckham Jr. have been featured in ESPN the Magazine's annual "Body Issue." So it's no surprise that Antonio Brown and Von Miller will grace the pages this summer. But amid all those glistening muscles, in-the-buff Texans defensive..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Texans WR Cecil Shorts Agrees To $1M Pay Cut

    NFL Trade Rumors "Field Yates of ESPN reports that Texans WR Cecil Shorts has agreed to take a $1 million pay cut to remain with the team. According to Yates, Shorts will have his base salary reduced from $2.7 million to $1.2 million, but receives a $500,000 roster bonus." June 18

  • Texans coach Bill O'Brien praises Benardrick McKinney's improvement

    Houston Chronicle "One of the more impressive moments during the Texans' minicamp was watching inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney run step for step with wide receivers in the open field. At 6-4, 246 pounds with 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 40 1/2 inch vertical leap, McKinney is one of the more athletic..." June 17