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

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.
Jun 17, 03:43 PM Houston Texans WR Nate Washington has performed well this offseason, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Jun 16, 11:53 AM Houston Texans WR Damaris Johnson has consistently played well in practices, in the opinion of beat writer John McClain. McClain tweeted: 'every time I look up he's catching a pass or a touchdown pass.'
Jun 12, 11:42 AM Updating a previous report, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) should be ready for Week 1, but the team isn't planning to give him a full load of snaps right away, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Jun 11, 01:52 PM Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Jun 11, 01:42 PM Houston Texans QBs Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are candidates for the starting quarterback job, and head coach Bill O'Brien indicated the team may name a starting quarterback before the start of training camp.
Jun 11, 01:42 PM Houston Texans QBs Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are candidates for the starting quarterback job, and head coach Bill O'Brien indicated the team may name a starting quarterback before the start of training camp.
Jun 10, 07:33 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster will get plenty of work on the ground this season, so long as he can stay healthy, according to head coach Bill O'Brien Wednesday, June 10. 'Well, we have a very good running back,' O'Brien said. 'So you can rest assured that as long as he's healthy and he's out there, we will run the ball. I can tell you that. That's one thing we will do,' said O'Brien. Foster has been available throughout organized team activities, and he has attended all of the Texans' voluntary offseason programs.
Jun 08, 07:02 PM Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist) has not been participating in organized team activities since he is recovering from offseason surgery. Head coach Bill O'Brien said he believe Hopkins will be ready to participate at some point during training camp.
Jun 03, 07:43 PM Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz said Wednesday, June 3, he feels more comfortable during organized team activities entering his second season in the NFL than he did in his rookie year. 'There was so much learning last year,' Fiedorowicz said. 'You come up the huddle and there's three or four things. You got to know the protection, you got to know where to line up, read the safeties, see what kind of coverage it is. There was just so much going through my head where I wasn't able to play fast. I noticed already this OTA session, I'm going out there and when I see it I'm going fast. The quarterbacks are really seeing us right now, so we're all excited,' said Fiedorowicz. As a rookie, Fiedorowicz caught four of his seven targets, including one touchdown thrown by RB Arian Foster. The Texans targeted their tight ends a league-low 51 times in 2014.
Jun 02, 11:13 PM Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is not in the mix to be the starting quarterback, as QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett battle it out, but Savage has made steady progress according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Savage is being groomed as the franchise's quarterback of the future.
Jun 01, 02:22 PM Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett are both seeing time with the first-team offense during organized team activities, but head coach Bill O'Brien said there is no timetable for naming a starting quarterback.
Jun 01, 02:22 PM Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett are both seeing time with the first-team offense during organized team activities, but head coach Bill O'Brien said there is no timetable for naming a starting quarterback.
May 28, 02:32 PM Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer split first-team repetitions in offseason workouts Wednesday, May 27, with QB Ryan Mallett. 'The tempo (stood out),' said Hoyer. 'You can tell we put a lot of work in and guys were just prepared. There weren't a lot of mental mistakes. Guys came ready to go and it was exciting -- got after it a little bit.'
May 28, 02:32 PM Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer split first-team repetitions in offseason workouts Wednesday, May 27, with QB Ryan Mallett. 'The tempo (stood out),' said Hoyer. 'You can tell we put a lot of work in and guys were just prepared. There weren't a lot of mental mistakes. Guys came ready to go and it was exciting -- got after it a little bit.'

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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