Team Grade:
Houston Texans
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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

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.
Apr 16, 01:33 PM Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (quadriceps) said he feels good and should be ready to go when the regular season starts. Brown is rehabilitating from a torn quadriceps tendon that was reattached during a surgery in January.
Apr 15, 06:43 PM Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins' fifth-year option was exercised Friday, April 15. He is scheduled to make $7.915 million in 2017.
Apr 11, 04:23 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Griffin has a chance to be an ascending player at quarterback, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Griffin would take over as the No. 2 quarterback in Tampa Bay if QB Mike Glennon is traded.
Apr 07, 05:13 PM Houston Texans free-agent SS Quintin Demps re-signed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal Thursday, April 7, according to a source.
Apr 07, 03:13 PM Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler is looking good during the team's offseason workouts, according to a source. WR DeAndre Hopkins has been off the charts, too.
Apr 07, 03:13 PM Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler is looking good during the team's offseason workouts, according to a source. WR DeAndre Hopkins has been off the charts, too.
Apr 06, 08:03 PM Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (quadriceps) said he is on track to play the first game of the regular season. Brown is progressing in his rehabilitation from a torn quadriceps tendon that was surgically repaired. Brown said the surgery went well, his rehab is going well and he is progressing rapidly.
Apr 06, 05:03 PM Houston Texans LB John Simon signed his $1.671 restricted free-agent tender Wednesday, April 6.
Apr 01, 04:33 PM Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Brandon Weeden re-signed to a two-year, $4 million contract Friday, April 1, according to a source. The move could lead to the release of QB Brian Hoyer.
Apr 01, 04:13 PM Houston Texans QB Brandon Weeden re-signed to an undisclosed deal Friday, April 1.
Mar 31, 02:43 PM Updating previous reports, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (hand, groin, abdomen, back) had five torn core muscles surgically repaired in the offseason. According to a source, Watt had partially torn left and right abdominals and a partially torn right adductor longus. He also had a fully torn left adductor longus and a fully torn left adductor pectineus, which are two of the three muscles that connect the pelvic bone to the left thigh bone.
Mar 31, 12:33 PM Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (hand, groin, back) revealed that he played the second half of the season with a herniated disk in his back along with the groin and hand injuries he suffered late in the year.
Mar 29, 05:43 PM Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) left his visit with the Miami Dolphins without a contract.
Mar 28, 11:33 PM Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase liked RB Lamar Miller (Texans) based on tape study, but not to the extend the Houston Texans did, signing him to a $6.5 million per year average. The Dolphins management feel they can find a running back as good, or better, than Miller in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  21 Will FullerWR
 # 2  50 Nick MartinOL
 # 3  85 Braxton MillerWR

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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