Texans Rumors & News

  • Texans' Whitney Mercilus healed from injury, ready to go

    Houston Chronicle "After missing the last 11 games of the 2017 season because of a torn pectoral muscle, outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus is eager to return to the playing field and start banging on opponents. Unfortunately for Mercilus, he'll have to wait awhile. The Texans are in their second day of the..." April 24

  • Rising Florida International QB Alex McGough visited Texans

    Houston Chronicle "Rising Florida International QB Alex McGough visited Texans By Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle Updated 3:20 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018 3 It was a whirlwind of activity for Florida International quarterback Alex McGough when he visited the Texans on Monday. McGough took a..." April 22

  • Acquiring high-character players important to new Texans GM Brian Gaine

    Houston Chronicle "As he approaches his first draft as the Texans’ general manager, Brian Gaine said Friday that character is important to him when it comes to selecting players. Owner Bob McNair’s philosophy has been to avoid players with patterns of bad behavior because he believes they can become divisive in..." April 21

  • Texans 'optimistic' about long-term deal with Jadeveon Clowney

    Houston Chronicle "Texans general manager Brian Gaine has a strong conviction that one of his biggest offseason goals will get accomplished. Gaine is bullish on the Texans' chances of hammering out a blockbuster contract extension with Pro Bowl pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. "I'm optimistic that something will..." April 20

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Texans DE J.J. Watt makes TIME 100 most influential list

    Houston Chronicle "Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been named as one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. Watt was honored for his Hurricane Harvey relief effort in the Houston area and southeast Texas. He raised more than $37 million for his Hurricane Harvey relief fund." April 19

  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: 'My game's not changing'

    NFL.com "Bill O'Brien might be adjusting the Houston Texans' offense in 2018, but that doesn't mean we'll see a wildly different Deshaun Watson. The second-year quarterback lit the NFL on fire last season as a dual-threat wunderkind in six starts before tearing his ACL. Despite the injury, Watson said..." April 18

  • Nick Martin taking his rehab from ankle surgery “one day at a time”

    Pro Football Talk "Texans center Nick Martin is making progress in his rehab from an ankle injury that required surgery in December. He is running again, though he wouldn’t put a timetable on his return. “Honestly, just take it one day at a time,” Martin said, via Deepi Sidhu of the team website. “Right now, I’m..." April 18

  • DeAndre Hopkins: Watson and I can be 'best duo' in NFL

    NFL.com "Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins? Watson has played only one season -- and barely that -- with the Houston Texans, but Hopkins is already convinced that their quarterback-wide receiver duo will be the best in the league next..." April 18

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • Dez Bryant Being Heavily Recruited By Tyrann Mathieu & Texans

    Total Pro Sports "Since being released by the Dallas Cowboys a few days ago — Dez Bryant has made it abundantly clear that he wants to stay in the NFC East so he can exact some revenge against his former club. As of right now, the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants have shown 0 interest..." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Texans' DeAndre Hopkins says team owner Bob McNair is a 'great guy'

    Houston Chronicle "In the wake of multiple controversies involving Texans owner Bob McNair headlined by his "inmates running the prison," comments last season, his players maintained a united, supportive stance about their boss Tuesday. McNair recently told the Wall Street Journal that he regrets apologizing..." April 17

  • DeAndre Hopkins thinks partnership with Deshaun Watson can be elite

    Sporting News "Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has dealt with a myriad of makeshift quarterback situations throughout his NFL career, but he thinks that has finally changed with Deshaun Watson under center. Even though Watson finished last season with a torn ACL, Hopkins believes the two can do special..." April 17

  • Texans Still Open To Re-Signing RB Alfred Blue

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Aaron Wilson, free agent RB Alfred Blue has interest from several teams, but the door isn’t closed on a potential return to the Texans. Wilson mentions that Houston’s depth at running back is thin and bringing Blue back could bolster the position and their special teams,..." April 17

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Got spirit? Hundreds turnout for Texans cheerleader tryouts

    Houston Chronicle "Who's got spirit? We'll know shortly as the annual Houston Texans cheerleader tryouts get underway at the Methodist Training Center at NRG Stadium today Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of hopefuls strut their stuff for a team of judges including media personalities and season ticket holders who..." April 15

  • Limestone WR Vyncint Smith to visit Texans

    Houston Chronicle "Limestone wide receiver Vyncint Smith is scheduled to visit the Texans, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly. Smith is a Division II standout who ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash for NFL scouts at the South Carolina Pro Day. Afterward, he talked with New England Patriots..." April 14

  • Texans Claim TE Matt Lengel

    Pro Football Rumors "The Texans have been awarded tight end Matt Lengel off of waivers from the Browns. In order to make room, the team cut quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Lengel was one of seven players dropped by Cleveland on Thursday, along with tight end Gavin Escobar, linebacker Max Bullough, defensive back C.J...." April 13

  • Texans waive Taylor Heinicke

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans had four quarterbacks on the roster after signing Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb as free agents, but that number dropped back to three on Friday. The Texans announced that they have waived Taylor Heinicke. They also announced that they have claimed tight end Matt Lengel off of waivers." April 13

  • Texans coach Bill O'Brien relishes challenges posed by play-calling duties

    Houston Chronicle "For the third time in his five seasons as the Texans' head coach, Bill O'Brien will call plays. Considering how much fun he had collaborating with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson last season, O'Brien never considered giving up the play-calling responsibility. O'Brien called plays in 2014,..." April 12

  • Texans OT Derek Newton plans to file grievance following release

    Sportsnaut "Offensive tackle Derek Newton started all 68 games in which he appeared for the Houston Texans from 2012-16. He was seen as a stabilizing force along the offensive line during this span. That all came to a crashing halt during a Monday Night Football Game against the Denver Broncos in October..." April 12

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Andre Johnson says he almost skipped Texans Ring of Honor ceremony after Bob McNair's comments

    Houston Chronicle "Former Texans receiver Andre Johnson said he nearly skipped the Ring of Honor ceremony the team had for him in November because of controversial comments made by team owner Bob McNair, the franchise's all-time leading receiver said on former teammate Arian Foster's podcast "Now What? With Arian..." April 11

  • San Jose State DB Jermaine Kelly visits Texans

    Houston Chronicle "San Jose State cornerback Jermaine Kelly visited the Texans this week. Kelly is a 6-1, 195-pound University of Washington transfer. He had 53 tackles, one sack and one interception last season." April 08

  • Excluded from Texas A&M workout after arrest, Zaycoven Henderson has Texans workout

    Houston Chronicle "Excluded from the Texas A&M Pro Day workout in the wake of a felony arrest, Aggies defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson has been invited to the Texans' local prospect workout Saturday morning at their training facility. Henderson was suspended from the school after being arrested in December for..." April 07

  • Clowney Extension With Texans Not Imminent

    Pro Football Rumors "A long-term deal between the Texans and Jadeveon Clowney isn’t imminent but it’s still viewed as an eventuality to happen, league sources told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter). Wilson also noted that the deal is expected to be a “blockbuster” when signed. The news comes after..." April 06

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Texans Sign QB/WR Joe Webb

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Houston Texans have signed QB/WR Joe Webb to a contract on Thursday, according to his agent David Canter. Webb, 31, is a former sixth-round pick of the Vikings back in 2010. After four years in Minnesota, Webb signed a two-year deal with the Panthers and has served as a receiver and a..." April 05

  • Texans and Jadeveon Clowney reportedly nearing massive extension

    Yardbarker "It was reported late last month that the Houston Texans and Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney were in the midst of contract extension negotiations. With just one year left on his rookie deal, it makes a ton of sense that the two sides want to get something worked out here soon. Now,..." April 05

  • NFL owner regrets apology for ‘inmates’ comment about players

    New York Daily News "Sorry, not sorry. Texans owner Bob McNair wants his apology back. The one he issued after uttering his controversial "We can't have the inmates running the prison" comment, because he's not sorry he said it and he never was. "The main thing I regret is apologizing," McNair told the Wall..." April 05

  • Bill O’Brien: Changing the Texans’ offense is a big project this offseason

    Pro Football Talk "Texans coach Bill O’Brien has run his own offensive system since he was offensive coordinator in New England, head coach at Penn State and at the start of his tenure in Houston. But that was before he had Deshaun Watson. O’Brien said this morning on PFT Live that now that he has Watson as his..." April 04

  • O’Brien planning offensive overhaul to suit Deshaun Watson

    Yardbarker "Now that the Houston Texans know what quarterback Deshaun Watson can do, they’re happy to build their entire offense around him. That’s coach Bill O’Brien’s goal this offseason — retool the offense to best suit his young quarterback and the other skill players at his disposal, such as wide..." April 04

  • Texans' life after J.J. Watt could come sooner rather than later

    Sporting News "He is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winner who averaged 17 sacks per season from 2012-15. Injuries limited him to only eight games and 1.5 sacks over the last two years, a span in which he cost his team $29 million against the salary cap. He has been a pillar of his..." April 04

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Rice LB Emmanuel Ellerbee has 42-inch vertical leap, to work out for Texans

    Houston Chronicle "When Rice linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee exploded into his vertical leap during his NFL audition, scouts wanted to see him do it again. Why? That's because the measurement was a staggering 42 inches for the two-time All-Conference USA selection. They weren't expecting that high of a..." April 01

  • Breaking down Texans QB Brandon Weeden's deal

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans signed veteran backup quarterback Brandon Weeden to a one-year, $880,000 contract. The deal includes $230,000 in guaranteed money. That includes guaranteeing $140,000 of his $790,000 base salary along with a $90,000 signing bonus. The 34-year-old former Cleveland Browns..." March 31

  • 5 Teams That Should Trade for Rob Gronkowski

    The Big Lead "The “chances are increasing” that the New England Patriots will trade Rob Gronkowski, according to the Boston Sports Journal. As for the reported asking price, it will take a “first-round pick if the team has it, but more likely a high second-rounder and a third”. The issue with Gronkowski is..." March 31

  • Report: Clowney, Texans making progress on ‘mega-extension’

    Larry Brown Sports "Jadeveon Clowney is on the verge of setting the market for defensive linemen who can get to the quarterback, and it sounds like his peers are going to like the end result. Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, is under contract for $12.3 million this upcoming season after the..." March 29

  • Texans completely changing offense in 2018

    Sporting News "There is plenty of news coming out of Texans camp about Deshaun Watson's health and how Houston plans to use the quarterback coming off of a season-ending ACL injury. According to NFL Network, Watson is ahead of schedule in his rehab and head coach Bill O'Brien said he expects the QB to be..." March 28

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Texans To Sign QB Brandon Weeden

    Pro Football Rumors "The Texans are signing quarterback Brandon Weeden, according to Mark Berman of FOX 26 (on Twitter). Weeden spent last season with the Titans but did not throw a pass for them during the season. Weeden has not seen the field since 2015 when he appeared in four games for the Cowboys and two for..." March 27

  • Deshaun Watson's Knee Injury Rehab Ahead of Schedule, Could Throw at OTAs

    Bleacher Report "Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that quarterback Deshaun Watson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, O'Brien added that Watson could throw at OTAs, which begin in May. Watson took the NFL by storm as a rookie last..." March 27

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • Texans work out Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz

    Houston Chronicle "Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz worked out privately for Texans tight ends coach Tim Kelly, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly. The Texans could certainly use a tight end with Schultz's skills, especially his pure ability to block following starting tight end C.J...." March 25