2016 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Houston Texans
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

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

Jun 20, 07:43 PM Houston Texans RB Tyler Ervin (quadriceps) missed some time this offseason because of a quadriceps injury but should be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 18, 01:23 PM Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts still has a $15,625 per game active roster bonus up to $250,000. Shorts' $100,000 workout de-escalator was removed from his original deal, however. His new cap figure stands at $2.371 million, down from $3.421 million.
Jun 18, 01:13 PM Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson (foot, wrist) expects to be fully cleared for training camp after undergoing multiple surgeries this offseason. Johnson did not practice this offseason, but he has resume running and doing other individual drills. Johnson said he's feeling great after undergoing foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture, and a separate surgery for a broken wrist.
Jun 18, 12:53 PM Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts has agreed to a $1 million pay cut. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $2.7 million in 2016 but will now receive a $1.2 million base salary and $500,000 roster bonus.
Jun 16, 01:53 PM Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong made an effort to slim down this offseason and change his diet. He also did a lot of running to drop 30 pounds. He also made a conscious effort to surround himself with better people after he was arrested in the offseason for marijuana. 'I definitely cut a lot of people out,' Strong said. 'A lot of people don't really need to know what's always going on with me. You've got to do what's best for yourself. And right now, I'm in the best shape I could be.' Head coach Bill O'Brien has already called Strong 'one of the most improved players on our football team.'
Jun 15, 10:53 PM Houston Texans FS Antonio Allen, SS Quintin Demps and youngsters S Kurtis Drummond and K.J. Dillon are all expected to battle for the starting spot in the secondary opposite CB Andre Hal. It is expected to be one of training camp's most fierce battles.
Jun 15, 10:53 PM Houston Texans FS Antonio Allen, SS Quintin Demps and youngsters S Kurtis Drummond and K.J. Dillon are all expected to battle for the starting spot in the secondary opposite CB Andre Hal. It is expected to be one of training camp's most fierce battles.
Jun 15, 10:53 PM Houston Texans FS Antonio Allen, SS Quintin Demps and youngsters S Kurtis Drummond and K.J. Dillon are all expected to battle for the starting spot in the secondary opposite CB Andre Hal. It is expected to be one of training camp's most fierce battles.
Jun 15, 10:53 PM Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong has been impressive during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, impressing with seemingly more scoring plays than anyone. He managed three touchdowns on just 14 receptions last season.

Fantasy Impact: Strong has a chance to play a much bigger role this season. He might be worth a late round grab for fantasy teams.
Jun 15, 08:03 PM Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (quadriceps) may be able to return at some point during training camp but should be able to practice before the start of the season and be ready for Week 1.
Jun 15, 07:53 PM Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (hamstring) and TE Ryan Griffin (Achilles') did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 15. TE Stephen Anderson received more work because of the injuries.
Jun 15, 07:53 PM Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (hamstring) and TE Ryan Griffin (Achilles') did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 15. TE Stephen Anderson received more work because of the injuries.
Jun 15, 07:43 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (illness) participated in practice Wednesday, June 15, after missing practice Tuesday, June 14, because of an illness.
Jun 15, 07:43 PM Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 15, but should be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 14, 04:43 PM Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong is 'probably one of the most improved players' on the Texans this year, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Jun 13, 07:13 PM Houston Texans PK Nick Novak will try to hold off PK Ka'imi Fairbairn for the kicker job during the minicamp and training camp. Novak did not miss any kicks from inside 50 yards in 2015, while Fairbairn has a strong leg and would help field positions during kickoffs.

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  19 Nick MartinOL
 # 3  22 Braxton MillerWR
 # 4  21 Tyler ErvinRB
 # 5  29 D.J. ReaderDL
 # 5  159 KJ DillonDB
 Undrafted Stephen AndersonTE
 Undrafted Ka'imi FairbairnK

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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