2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Houston Texans
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

This team was 9-7 last year with erratic quarterback play and a couple major injuries on the defensive side of the ball. The Texans have the top defensive player in the game (J.J. Watt) and an elite running back (Arian Foster), so this team will be in most games. Expect a similar season to last year. The thing holding this team back is a solid starting quarterback. The Texans need to get a franchise quarterback in place to take a step forward from the last few seasons.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
It is an open competition right now at quarterback but Ryan Mallett seems to have a good chance to win the starting job for the Texans this year. He brings the most to the table for the team. Mallett showed well in limited work for the Texans last year and seems to have the coaching staff behind him for this year. He won‚??t have a huge season in a starting role but will be worth some spot starts in this offense. He‚??ll be capable of the big game. Mallett isn‚??t afraid to push the ball downfield and go for the big play.
FANTASY DUD
At one point, it looked like receiver Cecil Shorts was on his way to big things in the NFL. But things have derailed for him a little since showing promise early in his career. He gets a new start with the Texans this year but don‚??t expect a sudden breakout season. He moves to a run-first offense with an inexperienced quarterback at the helm. Shorts should finish with similar numbers to his past few seasons with the Jaguars. A new team won‚??t make for big numbers for Shorts.

Team Notes

Aug 02, 07:22 PM Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallet worked with the first-team offense Sunday, Aug. 2, after QB Brian Hoyer worked with the first-team Saturday, Aug. 1. 'Whenever he (Bill O'Brien) feels like someone is ready to be named the starter that's what he'll do, and whatever way it goes, I have really a lot of trust and faith in him,' Hoyer said. 'Whatever he decides will be best for the team.'
Jul 27, 05:12 PM Houston Texans WR Alan Bonner (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Monday, July 27.
Jul 27, 05:12 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.
Jul 24, 03:52 PM Houston Texans WR Nate Washington is projected to be the No. 2 wide receiver behind WR DeAndre Hopkins and ahead of WR Cecil Shorts, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't too exciting for the Texans but Washington could be worth some spot starts in a starting role.
Jul 22, 05:12 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) looks spectacular, according to a team doctor. Clowney is seven months removed from microfracture surgery on his knee. It was previously reported that Clowney will probably be brought along slowly in training camp and could end up being ready for the regular season opener.
Jul 20, 05:02 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not be rushed back in his recovery from microfracture surgery. Clowney is on schedule in his recovery and could play Week 1.
Jul 20, 04:52 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is continuing his rehabilitation process but could be healthy enough in time to play the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jul 14, 04:23 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster became the seventh player in the last 20 years to score at least five rushing and five receiving touchdowns in the same season in 2014.
Jul 12, 12:03 AM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster has scored 62 total touchdowns in 66 games since taking over as the primary running back, including 13 in 13 games last year.
Jul 10, 04:33 PM Free-agent C Chris Myers (Texans) has been in contact with the Houston Texans about the possibility of re-signing with the Texans.
Jul 10, 04:33 PM Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts is expected to line up as an outside receiver as well as a slot receiver this season.
Jul 10, 04:13 PM Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue has been working with RB Arian Foster on improving his skills on third downs. Blue could see playing time on third downs this season.
Jul 10, 04:03 PM Houston Texans QBs Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are competing for the starting quarterback job and there is no clear favorite for the job, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Hoyer appeared to be more comfortable than Mallett during offseason workouts.
Jul 10, 04:03 PM Houston Texans QBs Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are competing for the starting quarterback job and there is no clear favorite for the job, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Hoyer appeared to be more comfortable than Mallett during offseason workouts.
Jun 20, 09:12 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is progressing so well from microfracture surgery that the new goal is two have him on the field for the start of training camp.
Jun 17, 03:43 PM Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is very improved this offseason, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Brian Hoyer, QB; Rahim Moore, FS; Cecil Shorts, WR; Nate Washington, WR; Vince Wilfork, DT. 

Losses:
Andre Johnson, WR; Kendrick Lewis, FS; Thad Lewis, QB; Brooks Reed, LB. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  16 Kevin JohnsonDB
 # 2  11 Benardrick McKinneyLB
 # 3  6 Jaelen StrongWR
 # 5  39 Keith MumpheryWR
 # 6  35 Reshard CliettLB
 # 6  40 Christian CovingtonDL
 # 7  18 Kenny HilliardRB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     Kansas City
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Carolina
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Atlanta
5     Oct 8 8:25PM     Indianapolis
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Miami
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Tennessee
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 16 8:30PM     at Cincinnati
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     New York Jets
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     New Orleans
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at Buffalo
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     New England
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Tennessee
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Jacksonville
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