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

Jul 22, 04:33 PM The Houston Texans waived FB Brad Smelley and DL Tim Jackson.
Jul 22, 01:23 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson visited the team facility Monday, July 21. Johnson has visited the facility a few times this offseason. According to a league source, it does not mean Johnson will report to camp on time.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign, though. It seems Johnson has a good chance to report to camp on time.
Jul 21, 06:22 PM Houston Texans OT Brennan Williams (undisclosed) has been waived with a failed physical designation.
Jul 21, 06:22 PM Houston Texans DT Louis Nix (undisclosed), LB Brian Cushing (undisclosed) and LB Trevardo Williams (undisclosed) have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 21, 10:30 AM Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney was advised to sit out the 2013 season while attending South Carolina University. 'Jadeveon didn't even have to play last year,' head coach Steve Spurrier said. 'A lot of people advised him to sit out. He wanted to play.'
Jul 19, 10:22 AM Updating a previous report, Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (hernia) said he is not sure if he will be cleared in time for training camp. 'I'm going to try,' said Clowney, while in New York to promote a sports drink. 'That's the goal, to try to get back. But I don't know for sure right now. I'm going to let (the trainers) decide.'
Jul 18, 11:02 PM Houston Texans PK Randy Bullock will be competing with PK Chris Boswell for the kicker job during training camp and the preseason.
Jul 18, 10:42 PM Houston Texans OGs Ben Jones and Xavier Su'a-Filo are expected to compete for the starting left guard job during training camp. Jones likely has an advantage for the job entering camp, because Su'a-Filo missed a majority of the offseason workouts.
Jul 18, 03:52 PM Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (hernia) wants to be cleared by Saturday, July 26 in order to participate in training camp. He is recovering from sports hernia surgery.
Jul 16, 12:43 PM Houston Texans RB Arian Foster said WR Andre Johnson, who reportedly has asked for a trade this offseason, is an embodiment of the city of Houston, and he has more star power than the city's younger sports standouts. 'He is Houston,' Foster said. 'I remember when I had my little run where I had like two back-to-back great seasons. I felt like this city loves me, they love me here. Everywhere I go, this is still Dre's city. I don't care if James Harden is walking around, Dwight Howard, whatever. This is Andre Johnson's city. He is Houston. That's what it means more than anything. He's been a staple here for so long.'
Jul 15, 12:03 AM Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus has been working on dropping back in coverage this offseason, and he said he is excited about his role in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's scheme. 'More drops into coverage instead of solely rushing, rushing, rushing,' Mercilus said. 'So now, (I am) understanding concepts and formations of the offense and being able to drop back into coverage, understanding what are my keys, what am I reading for, and reacting between pass and run, especially when I do have to drop back into coverage.'
Jul 11, 10:12 AM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson 'is not going to be traded,' in the opinion to John McClain. Houston wants to avoid giving Johnson the $1 million workout bonus that he passed up by not participating in offseason activities or guarantee his 2015 salary. They don't want to create a precedent that can be manipulated by DE J.J. Watt's agent in the future. McClain said that 'Any 33-year-old ... anybody doesn't walk away from' the $10 million that Houston owes Johnson.
Jul 10, 09:42 PM Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie shares an agent with Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson. The connection could make Oakland a possible landing spot for the disgruntled receiver, according to Ian Rapoport.
Jul 10, 09:12 PM Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is willing to restructure his contract to help potential suitors fit under the salary cap, but he won't take a pay cut, a source told Ian Rapoport.
Jul 10, 04:32 PM Houston Texans OT Duane Brown recently said he's been working out, reviewing playbooks and getting his mind right until training camp begins.
Jul 10, 02:12 PM Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) said he has been working out and believes he will be ready for the start of the regular season. He has not put a specific timetable for when he will be able to start practicing.

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 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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