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

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.
Mar 27, 09:42 PM Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards last year, and among players drafted in the past two seasons, his production was better than everyone except New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'We just want to see him continue and progress,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we're looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts.'
Mar 26, 01:23 AM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) continues to recover from microfracture surgery on his knee. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday, March 25, that there is no timetable for Clowney's return, but the team hopes to get him on the field 'sometime during (training camp).'
Mar 26, 01:23 AM Houston Texans OG Xavier Su'a-Filo is a candidate to start on the left side with OL Ben Jones moving to center to replace the departed C Chris Myers. Su'a-Filo has been a regular working out in Houston even though the offseason conditioning program doesn't start until April 20. 'He's in there every day working very hard, working in the weight room, because he wants to be good,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'I like his demeanor. I like where he is right now.'
Mar 26, 01:23 AM Houston Texans OG Xavier Su'a-Filo is a candidate to start on the left side with OL Ben Jones moving to center to replace the departed C Chris Myers. Su'a-Filo has been a regular working out in Houston even though the offseason conditioning program doesn't start until April 20. 'He's in there every day working very hard, working in the weight room, because he wants to be good,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'I like his demeanor. I like where he is right now.'
Mar 26, 01:13 AM One reason the Houston Texans signed veteran NT Vince Wilfork was to have him become a positive influence on NT Louis Nix, a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft who spent his first year on the reserve/injured list.
Mar 26, 01:13 AM One reason the Houston Texans signed veteran NT Vince Wilfork was to have him become a positive influence on NT Louis Nix, a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft who spent his first year on the reserve/injured list.
Mar 24, 03:32 PM Houston Texans LB Akeem Dent re-signed to an undisclosed contract Tuesday, March 24.
Mar 24, 09:12 AM Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt restructured his contract Tuesday, March 24, to create $8 million in salary cap space for 2015. His $10 million roster bonus was turned into a signing bonus, according to a source.
Mar 16, 03:13 PM Free-agent WR Cecil Shorts (Jaguars) agreed to terms with the Houston Texans Monday, March 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Shorts could be the starter for the Texans this coming year. We'll know more after the draft takes place.
Mar 16, 11:03 AM Free-agent WR Cecil Shorts (Jaguars) is visiting the Houston Texans Monday, March 16.
Mar 15, 10:13 PM Free-agent DT Vince Wilfork (Patriots) is visiting the Houston Texans Sunday, March 15, according to a source.
Mar 14, 01:33 PM Free-agent WR Cecil Shorts (Jaguars) has drawn interest from the San Diego Chargers.

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 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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