Team Grade:
Houston Texans
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Outlook

The Texans were a playoff team last year and added a lot more positives to the mix this year. They have a solid starter at quarterback and younger legs at running back (Lamar Miiler). This offense should take a step forward this season. And the defense remains top notch. It did stumble a little last season but played well down the stretch and is capable of causing all sorts of havoc for the opposition. Houston should be in the mix to win their division crown and could be a tough out on the playoffs because of their defense. This is a team to watch for the coming year.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
The Texans signed quarterback Brock Osweiler to a big contract this offseason, finding their quarterback for the next several seasons. He is a great fit for the offense and has plenty of firepower to work with on that side of the ball. Remember, Brian Hoyer produced some big games for this team last year, so the talented Osweiler should be setup for a big first season with the Texans. He might make a few mistakes along the way but expect plenty of big games as well, making Osweiler an intriguing fantasy player for the coming year.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Cecil Shorts did well as a starter last year before having some injury issues that really limited him the second half of the season. He is back this year but could be down to fourth on the depth chart. Will Fuller and Jaelen Strong could both pass him this year, leaving to a lot less playing time for Shorts. Don't expect Shorts to repeat his solid production when playing last season. His targets are going to be down.

Team Notes

May 23, 10:13 PM Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (quadriceps) was in attendance for organized team activities Monday, May 23, but did not participate in practice.
May 23, 05:53 PM Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he has gained more weight by adding muscle this offseason.
May 23, 04:13 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (foot) said he is at 100% health. Clowney dealt with a mid-foot sprain late last season but did not undergo offseason surgery.
May 23, 03:53 PM Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) did not practice for the first day of organized team activities Monday, May 23, as he continues to recover from offseason groin surgery.
May 22, 09:23 PM Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and WR Braxton Miller will work against veteran cornerbacks when OTAs begin.
May 22, 09:23 PM Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and WR Braxton Miller will work against veteran cornerbacks when OTAs begin.
May 22, 12:43 AM Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller said the offensive concepts are similar to those he used as a member of the Miami Dolphins, with some differences in terminology, and he said finding his way around Houston has been tougher than learning the playbook.
May 13, 02:43 PM Houston Texans C Nick Martin signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, May 13.
May 11, 11:23 PM Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler said Wednesday, May 11, that it has been fun learning a new offense and trying to get comfortable in his new surroundings. 'It's fun,' Osweiler said. 'It's hard to judge that progress because we haven't hit the practice field and gone against a defense, but it's like you speak Spanish your whole life and then all of a sudden one day, they tell you to go learn French and do it in front of 70,000 people.'
May 10, 10:13 PM Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson (wrist, foot), returning from wrist and foot surgeries, said Tuesday, May 10, that he is feeling good. 'I'm feeling good, continuing to get healthier, bigger, stronger and faster,' Johnson said.
May 10, 08:53 PM Houston Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (knee) underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason, but he has resumed running.
May 10, 04:23 PM Houston Texans FS Lonnie Ballentine (knee) said his rehabilitation from knee surgery is going well and he hopes to be ready for training camp.
May 09, 02:03 PM Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans aren't close on a contract extension after the Texans exercised Hopkins' fifth-year option worth $7.915 million, according to a source. He's in the third year of a $7.637 million rookie contract that includes a $3.926 million signing bonus and $6.181 million guaranteed. Hopkins is confident both sides will work something out.
May 03, 10:23 PM Houston Texans OG David Quessenberry (illness) is enjoying his health and the return of the bulk and power required of an NFL offensive lineman after months of intensive chemotherapy treatment and radiation therapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma that sapped him of his strength and caused him to lose weight.
Apr 20, 05:03 PM Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin, abdomen) is close to completing his rehabilitation from groin and abdominal injuries that required surgery in January. Watt said he feels good and is close to 100% as he participates in the Texans' offseason conditioning program.
Apr 18, 01:23 PM Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) still is working out nine times a week this offseason but that is down from the 10 workouts he would do last offseason.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Jeff Allen, OG; Antonio Allen, DB; Tony Bergstrom, C; Lamar Miller, RB; Brock Osweiler, QB; Devon Still, DT. 

Losses:
Brandon Brooks, G; Jared Crick, DE; Ben Jones, C; Mike McFarland, TE; Rahim Moore, FS; Darryl Morris, DB; Justin Tuggle, LB; Nate Washington, WR. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  21 Will FullerWR
 # 2  50 Nick MartinOL
 # 3  85 Braxton MillerWR
 # 4  119 Tyler ErvinRB
 # 5  159 KJ DillonDB
 # 5  166 D.J. ReaderDL
 Undrafted Stephen AndersonTE

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     Chicago
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     Kansas City
3     Sep 22 8:25PM     at New England
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     Tennessee
5     Oct 9 1:00PM     at Minnesota
6     Oct 16 8:30PM     Indianapolis
7     Oct 24 8:30PM     at Denver
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     Detroit
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 13 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
11     Nov 21 8:30PM     at Oakland
12     Nov 27 1:00PM     San Diego
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     at Green Bay
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
15     Dec 18 1:00PM     Jacksonville
16     Dec 24 8:25PM     Cincinnati
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     at Tennessee
18     Jan 7 4:35PM     Kansas City
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