Texans Rumors & News

  • NFLPA Prez: 'We Need to Be Prepared for 2021'

    Pro Football Talk "Whatever happens after the expiration of the current labor deal, the NFL Players Association has a clear message for its members: Be prepared. “It’s not something that we can spring on them in 2020 and say, ‘You guys got to get ready for this,'” NFLPA president Eric Winston recently told Keenan..." August 22

  • Bill O'Brien reiterates that Tom Savage is Texans' starter

    Houston Chronicle "Texans coach Bill O'Brien reiterated in no uncertain terms that Tom Savage is his starting quarterback after a convincing start to the preseason. Savage has completed 85 percent of his throws for 167 yards on 17 of 20 passing for 167 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions and a 118.1 passer..." August 22

  • DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney remain out of practice for Texans

    Pro Football Talk "Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins‘ absence from the practice field continued on Monday. Hopkins has not practiced since the team’s preseason opener on August 9 due to a hand injury and remained out to kick off the week leading up to the third outing of the summer. The Texans will be in New..." August 21

  • Bill O’Brien on J.J. Watt: ‘I think he’ll be better than he was’

    Sportsnaut "Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has been on the field to watch star defensive end J.J. Watt practice as he returns from a back injury that cost him all but three games last season. O’Brien himself also seemingly has a warning for Texans opponents this season. Watt, a three-time NFL..." August 21

  • Roger Goodell on verge of five-year contract extension through 2024

    Washington Post "Roger Goodell is close to completing a five-year contract extension to remain in place as NFL commissioner at least through 2024, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. Financial terms of the deal, which was first reported by the Sports Business Journal, were not..." August 21

  • Safety competition on display in Texans' win over Patriots

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans have a lot of safeties competing for spots on the team, and some made big plays against the Patriots. Corey Moore and Andre Hal are the starters. Hal made a terrific play on a Tom Brady pass to Chris Hogan on the sideline. It was ruled an interception on the field but instant replay..." August 20

  • Report: Tom Savage ‘firmly in control’ of Texans’ starting QB job

    Larry Brown Sports "Deshaun Watson has generated a ton of hype in his first NFL offseason, but the Houston Texans are apparently tuning all that out when it comes to naming a starting quarterback for Week 1. According to NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright, fourth-year quarterback Tom Savage remains “firmly in..." August 20

  • Texans impressed with D.J. Reader's development

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans lost a massive anchor in the middle of their defense when five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork retired. That doesn't mean the NFL's top-ranked defense is suddenly bereft of a strong presence at the line of scrimmage. Enter new starting nose tackle D.J. Reader. At 6-3,..." August 18

  • Deshaun Watson feels he can control the Texans offense

    Pro Football Talk "Texans coach Bill O’Brien said early this month that Deshaun Watson is “ahead of any rookie quarterback I’ve ever been around” and Watson’s been seeing time with the first team as the Texans try to keep the progress coming in his first NFL season. O’Brien said that both Watson and Tom Savage..." August 17

  • Tom Brady sees an old friend across the sideline now in Mike Vrabel

    Boston Herald "Long after the final joint practice session between the Patriots and Texans wrapped up at the Greenbrier Resort yesterday, two old friends got together for a little chat before leaving the field. Tom Brady and Mike Vrabel were in deep conversation. They huddled for about 10 minutes at the..." August 17

  • Texans taking cautious approach with DeAndre Hopkins

    Houston Chronicle "As star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins continues to watch from the sidelines, the Texans are maintaining a cautious approach with the one-time Pro Bowl selection as he recovers from a hand injury. Hopkins hasn't practiced since getting dinged up during the Texans' preseason opener against the..." August 17

  • Tom Brady on Texans' Deshaun Watson: 'He has a great future'

    Houston Chronicle "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has built a legendary career, a rich experience highlighted by his five Super Bowl rings and a dozen Pro Bowl selections. And the 40-year-old four-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player shares the opinion of many in NFL circles, opining Wednesday that..." August 16

  • Seahawks “Very Serious” About Signing Tramaine Brock, Texans & Vikings Also Interested

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Seahawks have done four-months worth of work on free agent CB Tramaine Brock regarding the domestic violation case against him that was recently dismissed. La Canfora says that Seattle is “very serious” about signing Brock to a contract and there..." August 15

  • Texans sign WR Germone Hopper

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans signed receiver Germone Hopper, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Hopper worked out for the Texans last week. Houston is battling injuries at the position. Will Fuller is out with a broken collarbone, and Braxton Miller has missed practice with an injury since the..." August 14

  • Texans' Greg Mancz provides quality center depth

    Houston Chronicle "When Nick Martin suffered a season-ending high-ankle sprain last summer, it didn't decimate the interior of the Texans' offensive line. That's because former undrafted free agent Greg Mancz capably stabilized the situation and started 18 games after Martin underwent surgery. Now that Martin..." August 14

  • Nick Novak on Charlottesville violence: It’s the devil’s work

    Houston Chronicle "Texans kicker Nick Novak played high school football in Charlottesville, and he became emotional after practice Monday talking about the violence in the Virginia city over the weekend. "It's the devil's work," Novak said about the death and injuries that resulted from clashes between protesters..." August 14

  • Texans' Brian Cushing praises progress of Bernardrick McKinney

    Houston Chronicle "When Benardrick McKinney was a rookie outside linebacker in 2015, he was mentored by Brian Cushing. Now McKinney has joined Cushing as mentoring young linebackers like Zach Cunningham, the second-round pick from Vanderbilt. Cushing sees the role McKinney has taken on with rookies. "I..." August 13

  • J.J. Watt didn't know about brother's great debut until Kendrick Lamar texted him

    CBS Sports "On Friday night, Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt dominated in his NFL debut, notching two sacks against the Giants. Unfortunately, his older brother and arguably the best defensive player in football, Texans star J.J. Watt, wasn't able to watch T.J. do his best J.J. impersonation because he..." August 13

  • J.J. Watt on T.J. Watt: ‘I’m very proud of him’

    Sportsnaut "Anyone who has younger siblings knows that no matter how much you fought during your youth, it’s always a treat to see them succeed. Friday night, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt made his pro debut, and he was spectacular (watch here). Not surprisingly, his older brother..." August 12

  • Texans corner Kevin Johnson healthy again, shedding rust

    Houston Chronicle "The return of cornerback Kevin Johnson remains a critical story line surrounding the Texans' top-ranked defense. After the Texans lost cornerback A.J. Bouye during free agency to the Jacksonville Jaguars when he signed a $67.5 million contract, having Johnson regain his health became an even..." August 11

  • Deshaun Watson on first NFL game: It’s still football

    Pro Football Talk "Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson played in his first NFL game on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t his first time in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Watson played in the 2015 ACC Championship Game in the stadium and led Clemson to a 45-37 win by throwing for three touchdowns and running for..." August 10

  • O’Brien concerned about pressure on quarterbacks

    Pro Football Talk "Advantage, Duane Brown. With Houston’s left tackle still holding out, the offensive line didn’t hold up as well as needed on Wednesday night in Charlotte. Beginning with the opening drive of the game, the wall of blockers became a sieve, with Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short crashing..." August 10

  • Texans commit a glut of penalties in first preseason game

    Houston Chronicle "It was an extremely sloppy first half for the Texans in terms of following the NFL rulebook. The Texans were penalized 10 times for 57 yards by halftime, including seven flags in the second quarter alone. Texans quarterback Tom Savage overcame holding penalties on fullback Jay Prosch and..." August 10

  • Deshaun Watson took plenty of snaps, more than a few hits

    Pro Football Talk "Three years ago, as then-Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel embarked on the first preseason games of his career, the overriding question related to whether he could keep himself healthy by minimizing the number of times he is hit. For current Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, it’s..." August 10

  • Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games

    WEEI Boston "Every football fan would agree, the NFL preseason is very boring, and it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would agree. “When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards...." August 10

  • David Quessenberry, now cancer-free, plays first game in three years

    ESPN "Wednesday night's preseason opener was a special one for Houston Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry, who played in an NFL game for the first time since he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma three years ago. Quessenberry finished his last chemotherapy treatment in..." August 10

  • NFL To Hire Full Time Officials For First Time In League History

    Real GM Football "For the first time in NFL history, the league will have 21 to 24 full-time officials. Under the plan, each of the seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five coming from one position. The full-time officials will come from the current roster of 124 game..." August 09

  • How the Texans' top-ranked defense can get even better

    ESPN "The Houston Texans' defense ended the 2016 season ranked first in total defense and second in passing defense. The unit also tied for 26th in the NFL in takeaways, forcing just 17 turnovers. “One of the things we talked about as soon as we got back for OTAs is creating turnovers,” cornerback..." August 07

  • Texans to “play it by ear” on QB playing time in preseason opener

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans will be in Carolina on Wednesday for their first preseason game of the year and coach Bill O’Brien confirmed on Monday that quarterback Tom Savage will be starting the game. There wasn’t mystery surrounding that announcement. Savage has been the No. 1 quarterback since the start of..." August 07

  • Tom Savage has ‘clearly’ been Texans’ best quarterback in camp

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite all the hype about DeShaun Watson, the signals coming out of Houston Texans camp clearly favor incumbent starting quarterback Tom Savage. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Savage has been “terrific” throughout camp, and has done nothing to dissuade Houston from keeping..." August 07

  • J.J. Watt set to play in preseason opener

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans will kick off their preseason schedule by facing the Panthers in Charlotte on Wednesday and it looks like that will mark the end of defensive end J.J. Watt‘s long absence from game action. Watt has not played in a game since having back surgery after the third week of the 2016..." August 06

  • Texans' Bill O'Brien does push ups as punishment for error

    Houston Chronicle "During the second part of Saturday's practice at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center, coach Bill O'Brien called for a new drill. But there was a problem: O'Brien got mixed up and called the wrong drill. The players got on him immediately. O'Brien shouted, "I screwed up the drill," and..." August 06

  • Texans claim T Terry Poole off waivers

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans still don’t have left tackle Duane Brown in camp so they added another option at the position on Sunday. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team has claimed tackle Terry Poole off of waivers. Poole was dropped by the Dolphins on Saturday." August 06

  • Texans list Jadeveon Clowney as a linebacker, not as a defensive end

    Pro Football Talk "Jadeveon Clowney, the first pick in the 2014 draft, enjoyed his best season yet in 2016 working primarily as a defensive end. In the first unofficial depth chart of 2017, Clowney isn’t listed as a defensive end. He’s listed as an outside linebacker. Christian Covington has become starting right..." August 05

  • Texans add Marcus Leak to fill the Will Fuller void

    Pro Football Talk "With Texans receiver Will Fuller recently suffering a broken collarbone, who will miss 2-3 months, the Texans have added another human body to catch pigskins. Former Maryland wideout Marcus Leak has been signed, the team announced on Saturday morning. Leak joined the Colts as an undrafted free..." August 05

  • Texans' D.J. Reader was a high school baseball star

    Houston Chronicle "When second-year nose tackle D.J. Reader was in high school in North Carolina, he excelled in football and baseball. Reader pitched and played first base. He hit .529 as a junior. His fastball reached into the 90s. "I do miss baseball," said Reader, who played football at Clemson. "I..." August 05

  • Deshaun Watson debuts at No. 2 on depth chart

    Pro Football Talk "Even though the Texans traded up to get former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, the initial thought was that 2017 would be a redshirt year, unless both Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden are injured or completely ineffective. While Watson has yet to topple both of the guys who were believed to be in..." August 05

  • Texans' Jaelen Strong has big opportunity with Will Fuller out

    Houston Chronicle "Receiver Jaelen Strong felt awful when he found out receiver Will Fuller had suffered a broken collarbone in practice Wednesday. "Will's my brother, first," Strong said Thursday. "I have a heavy heart because I know how hard he works. He really dedicated himself this offseason. He'll work just..." August 04

  • DeAndre Hopkins: Tom Savage should be Texans' QB

    ESPN "Nothing against rookie first-rounder DeShaun Watson, but when it comes to the Houston Texans' quarterback competition, the team's top wide receiver is Team Tom Savage. "If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I've played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four..." August 04

  • Offensive tackle Austin Howard visiting the Texans

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans have a rather high-profile absence on their offensive line at the moment, so it stands to reason they’re looking at options. Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are bringing veteran tackle Austin Howard in for a visit. The 30-year-old Howard was recently released..." August 03

  • Texans' Will Fuller breaks collarbone, out 2-3 months

    Houston Chronicle "Texans receiver Will Fuller broke his collarbone during Wednesday's practice. Fuller, the team's first-round draft pick in 2016, went up to catch a pass, came down and hit the ground hard. He will undergo surgery and is out for 2-3 months. Fuller was projected to start opposite DeAndre..." August 02

  • Texans add safety Marcus Gilchrist

    Pro Football Talk "Nearly eight months after suffering a serious knee injury while with the Jets, safety Marcus Gilchrist has found a new team. Gilchrist has agreed to terms with the Texans, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 28-year-old Gilchrist had started every game for four years before..." August 01

  • Bill O’Brien: Deshaun Watson ‘ahead of any rookie I’ve ever been around’

    Yardbarker "Tom Savage is still the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans. Based on a comment by head coach Bill O’Brien, that might not last for long. Clemson product Deshaun Watson is coming on strong, wowing the coach already in training camp. Watson was the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2017..." August 01

  • Texans' Will Fuller shows improvement at camp

    Houston Chronicle "Second-year receiver Will Fuller is expected to make a big leap this season. He earned a starting spot as a rookie opposite DeAndre Hopkins. Fuller had 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 15 yards on 11 punt returns and beat Tennessee with a return for a..." July 31

  • Texans' Braxton Miller enters season with high expectations from coaches

    Houston Chronicle "Players entering their second season generally make their most improvement. That's one reason the coaches have such high expectations for receiver Braxton Miller. Miller, a third-round pick last year, spent his rookie season trying to learn how to play receiver. It's a position he played one..." July 30

  • T.J. Watt shares brothers’ advice: ‘Keep your mouth shut and be a sponge’

    Sportsnaut "What kind of advice did Pittsburgh Steelers rookie T.J. Watt get from brothers J.J. and Derek before entering his first NFL training camp? When talking to their brother, the elder Watt brothers stuck to the old idea that rookies should be seen and not heard. “Keep your mouth shut and be a..." July 30

  • 'That was fast': Houston Texans rookie Deshaun Watson gets first lesson in NFL speed

    USA Today "Friday was the first full-padded practice of the year for the Houston Texans, and coach Bill O’Brien had something he wanted to see. He scripted a full-team, goal-line period and placed the ball at the 3-yard line. “I know we have padded drills where we don’t bring guys to the ground,”..." July 29

  • Texans' Kevin Johnson 'feeling good' after foot injury

    Houston Chronicle "No Texans player worked harder in the offseason than cornerback Kevin Johnson. After suffering a season-ending broken foot in October, Johnson took very few days off during the offseason to make sure he was ready to go at training camp. "I'm feeling good," he said Thursday. "I'm just happy..." July 28

  • Report: NFL To Walk Away From Deal To Fund Concussion Research With $16 Million Unpaid

    Deadspin "The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying..." July 28

  • Brock Osweiler denies taking shot at Texans with ‘fundamentals’ comment

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler denied that he was taking a shot at his former team, the Houston Texans, when discussing how he was being coached on fundamentals by his new coaching staff. Osweiler’s comment last month about how nice it is to be coached regularly on fundamentals..." July 28

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