Team Grade:
Houston Texans
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
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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.
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.
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

May 19, 11:02 AM Updating an ongoing story, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his recovery from microfracture surgery. Clowney has been working hard at rehabbing the knee, according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.
May 14, 03:42 PM Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) said he is feeling better each day and does not think he has any restrictions from the pectoral injury he suffered during the 2014 season.
May 12, 03:23 PM Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will split first-team repetitions once organized team activities (OTAs) begin later this month.
May 12, 03:23 PM Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will split first-team repetitions once organized team activities (OTAs) begin later this month.
May 09, 10:02 PM Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was called on the best receivers in the league by head coach Bill O'Brien, and the Texans were willing to part ways with WR Andre Johnson in part because the coaching staff believes Hopkins is ready to be the No. 1 option in the passing game.
May 04, 06:52 PM Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus signed a four-year contract extension worth $26 million Monday, May 4. The deal includes $10.5 million in guaranteed money.
Apr 28, 02:13 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is doing well in his progress from microfracture knee surgery, according to general manager Rick Smith. Smith said he is encouraged by Clowney's recovery and expects him to be a major contributor in 2015.
Apr 26, 03:02 AM Free-agent RB Chris Polk (Eagles) is drawing interest from five NFL teams, according to sources. The teams were not disclosed, except to say one of the teams is from the NFC East.
Apr 24, 05:42 PM Philadelphia Eagles restricted free-agent RB Chris Polk's tender offer has been rescinded by the Eagles, according to a source. Polk will become an unrestricted free agent and allowed to sign with any team.

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles have a crowded backfield so it makes sense for them to let go of Polk. He shouldn't have much trouble finding a new team.
Apr 22, 12:53 PM Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Giants) met with the Houston Texans Tuesday, April 21, according to a source.
Apr 21, 07:32 AM Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Giants) may be returning to the New York Giants shortly. Brown wanted to return to New York but also wanted to test the market to see if he could get a long-term deal.
Apr 20, 07:12 AM Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Giants) has not received a contract offer from the Tennessee Titans, but the team remains interested in him.
Apr 03, 06:22 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) continues to recover from microfracture surgery, and the team hopes he will be able to return to the field at some point during the later stages of training camp.
Apr 01, 04:43 PM Free-agent WR Nate Washington (Titans) signed a one-year deal with the Texans worth $1 million, including $30,000 guaranteed, Wednesday, April 1.

Fantasy Impact: Washington will try to serve as the No. 3 or 4 receiver with his new team.
Apr 01, 04:23 PM Free-agent C Chris Myers (Texans) has drawn interest from the Denver Broncos, but Denver may not be in the market for Myers anymore after trading for C Gino Gradkowski.
Mar 30, 01:22 PM Free-agent C Chris Myers (Texans) is meeting with the Seattle Seahawks Monday, March 30, according to a source.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2014 Draft Class

 # 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

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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