2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Houston Texans
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Texans are in a rebuilding mode. The defense still is pretty sold but the offense is a question mark. The quarterback situation is a big concern with Ryan Fitzpatrick likely opening the season as the starter. Houston needs to find their franchise quarterback. The Texans will be a run-first, defensive team that will try to grind out wins. It could be a long season for the Texans. They should finish below .500 and struggle to win a lot of games. This roster still needs to add some talent to get going in the right direction once again.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver DeAndre Hopkins had an up and down rookie season but was a top big-play threat for the team and had some big games. He is the top deep threat in the offense. Expect his game to take a step forward this season and become more of a weekly threat for the Texans. He is the future No. 1 for the Texans and that transition should start this season. Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger and wants to move to a better situation, opening the door for Hopkins to play a huge role the coming years. He could hit his first 1,000-yard season in 2014.
FANTASY DUD
Some are giving tight end Garrett Graham a recommendation for this coming season since he'll move into a starting role. We aren't sold on him, though. Graham isn't really a big-play threat and more of a move the chains tight end. He'll get some catches but don't expect his yards or touchdowns to be very good. He should be considered a low-end No. 2 fantasy tight end. Just because he is starting doesn't mean his numbers will suddenly be off the charts. Don't get too excited about Graham.

Team Notes

Mar 01, 08:03 PM Free-agent CB Kareem Jackson (Texans) is a player the Miami Dolphins have had internal discussions about adding, according to a personal with knowledge of the discussions. The team is looking for an upgrade over CB Cortland Finnegan.
Feb 28, 03:02 PM Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (wrist, knee, ankle) underwent multiple surgeries following the 2014 season. Cushing had surgery to repair a broken right wrist and also had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and left ankle. Cushing said he's still on schedule to be ready for the offseason program.
Feb 25, 04:53 PM Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) is recovering from surgery on a torn pectoral muscle. Mallett said he's already thrown a football and that the recovery process is day-by-day.
Feb 25, 04:13 PM Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Ryan Mallett said he'd like stay with the Texans and hopes both parties can get a new contract worked out. Mallett is recovering from surgery on a torn muscle in his pectoral. Mallett said the recovery is a day-by-day process.
Feb 22, 08:12 PM Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist) said in a radio interview that he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist after the regular season. He said he had a pin and rod inserted into the wrist that was set to be removed Saturday, Feb. 21. He expects to resume regular activities in a couple of weeks.
Feb 22, 09:42 AM Houston Texans impending free-agent FS Kendrick Lewis could re-sign with the team this offseason, but it would have to be at the right price for the Texans.
Feb 22, 09:42 AM Houston Texans impending free-agent LB Brooks Reed has not started contract talks with the Texans at this point.
Feb 20, 07:32 AM Houston Texans QB Case Keenum picked up a vote of confidence from head coach Bill O'Brien, who called Keenum a 'very viable' option at quarterback for 2015.
Feb 20, 07:32 AM Houston Texans QB Case Keenum picked up a vote of confidence from head coach Bill O'Brien, who called Keenum a 'very viable' option at quarterback for 2015.
Feb 20, 12:12 AM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster will have his carries managed in game more often in 2015, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien also said that running back is a position the team will look at in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Feb 17, 01:23 PM Houston Texans impending free-agent CB Kareem Jackson would love to return to the team, but it's much more likely he'll sign a long-term deal than have the franchise tag placed on him.
Feb 17, 08:43 AM Houston Texans impending free-agent QB Ryan Mallett is likely to be re-signed by the team this offseason, in the opinion of HoustonTexans.com's Drew Dougherty.

Fantasy Impact: Mallett could be the starter for the Texans in 2015. Stay tuned.
Feb 13, 01:02 PM Houston Texans impending free-agent CB Kareem Jackson would love to return to the team in 2015. 'I'd love to be back here,' Jackson said. 'What Coach O'Brien has brought here with the coaches and stuff like that, with the system and stuff like that, I definitely want to be a part of what's starting to happen last year and progressing into the future.'
Feb 12, 12:53 AM Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (wrist) revealed Wednesday, Feb. 11, that he played part of the 2014 season with a broken wrist. He said it happened gradually and he isn't even sure when exactly it happened.
Feb 09, 04:13 PM Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could draw interest from the New York Jets this offseason if he becomes available, according to a source.
Feb 06, 12:42 PM Houston Texans QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum will all be evaluated by the coaching staff this offseason, but head coach Bill O'Brien said the team is keeping their options open at the position. 'We'll make the right decision and it will probably be a competition,' O'Brien said. 'It will be something where guys come in and compete and have to win the job and that's the way it should be and that's what we're looking to do.' Mallett will become a free agent in March.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Kendrick Lewis, S; Andre Brown, RB; Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB. 

Losses:
Owen Daniels, TE; Danieal Manning, S; Ben Tate, RB; Earl Mitchell, DT; Antonio Smith, DE; Matt Schaub, QB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  1 Jadeveon ClowneyLB
 # 2  1 Xavier Su'a-FiloOL
 # 3  1 C.J. FiedorowiczTE
 # 3  19 Louis NixDL
 # 4  35 Tom SavageQB
 # 6  1 Jeoffrey PaganDL
 # 6  5 Alfred BlueRB
 # 6  35 Jay ProschRB
 # 7  1 Andre HalDB
 # 7  41 Lonnie BallentineDB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Washington
2     Sep 14 4:25PM     at Oakland
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New York Giants
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Buffalo
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Dallas
6     Oct 9 8:25PM     Indianapolis
7     Oct 20 8:30PM     at Pittsburgh
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Tennessee
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Philadelphia
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Cleveland
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Cincinnati
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Tennessee
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Baltimore
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Jacksonville
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