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

Oct 24, 05:32 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans.
Oct 24, 05:32 PM Houston Texans CB Darryl Morris (ankle) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) have been ruled out for Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans. LBs Jadeveon Clowney (knee), Brian Cushing (knee), Brooks Reed (groin) and John Simon (ankle) are questionable, while LB Akeem Dent (wrist), DE Tim Jamison (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf) and DT Jerrell Powe (shoulder) are probable. Morris, Tarpinian and Cushing didn't practice Friday, Oct. 24. Clowney, Reed, Simon and Joseph were limited, while the others practiced in full.
Oct 24, 03:02 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has a good chance to play in Week 8, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Clowney will be on a limited snap count if he is active for the game.
Oct 23, 07:22 PM Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle) and LBs Brooks Reed (groin), John Simon (ankle) and Jeff Tarpinian (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and CB Johnathan Joseph (knee) were limited. LB Akeem Dent (wrist), DE Tim Jamison (groin), LB Mike Mohamed (calf) and DT Jerrell Powe (shoulder) participated fully.
Oct 23, 05:22 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 02:32 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is not guaranteed a starting job when he returns, because LB Whitney Mercilus has played well during his absence. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney will be limited when he returns to the field.
Oct 23, 12:42 PM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he would be surprised if he does not play in Week 8.
Oct 23, 11:42 AM Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) has had his knee drained multiple times over the last few weeks, according to a source. The team hopes that rest will help heal the knee.
Oct 22, 10:03 PM Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) will miss at least a week due to his knee injury. The ailment has been bothering him for the past two games.
Oct 22, 07:03 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (non-injury) took the day off of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 07:03 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was listed as limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 06:53 PM Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB John Simon (ankle) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. LBs Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and Mike Mohamed (calf) were limited, while LB Akeem Dent (wrist), DE Tim Jamison (groin) and DT Jerrell Powe (shoulder) practiced in full.
Oct 22, 04:13 PM Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will be a game-time decision for Week 8.
Oct 21, 12:12 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson had five catches for 77 yards in a Week 7 loss Monday, Oct. 20, to move past Hall of Famer Steve Largent and into 14th place on the all-time receiving yards list.
Oct 20, 07:13 PM The Houston Texans have declared CB Darryl Morris, WR DeVier Posey, LB Jadeveon Clowney, OT Jeff Adams, S Josh Aubrey, CB Jumal Rolle, QB Tom Savage inactive for Week 7.
Oct 20, 07:03 PM Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in Week 7 because his lateral movement is not where the team wants it to be.

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  8 Kendall JamesDB
 # 6  35 Jay ProschRB
 # 7  1 Andre HalDB
 # 7  41 Lonnie BallentineDB
 Undrafted Chris BoswellK

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Washington
2     Sep 14 4:25PM     at Oakland
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New York Giants
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Buffalo
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Dallas
6     Oct 9 8:25PM     Indianapolis
7     Oct 20 8:30PM     at Pittsburgh
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Tennessee
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Philadelphia
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Cleveland
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Cincinnati
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Tennessee
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Baltimore
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Jacksonville
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