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  • C.J. Stroud Impressing At OTAs

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    Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, the second overall pick in this year's NFL draft, has really impressed the coaching staff at organized team activities this week. Head coach DeMeco Ryans said Stroud has been "eye-opening" and has "seized" first-team snaps on offense over Davis Mills. Stroud is also already looking more comfortable running the offense than he did earlier in the offseason. The Texans are in no rush to name a starting QB for the 2023 season, but at this point, it would probably be a surprise if Stroud didn't open his first NFL season as the starter under center over Mills. The 21-year-old has tons of long-term potential, but with limited proven offensive weapons around him this year, he's unlikely to make much noise in single-year fantasy leagues.

    Jun 1 · Source via Houston Texans C.J. Stroud
  • DeAndre Hopkins Interested In Reunion With Texans

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    Free-agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals at the end of last week, said he'd be interested in a reunion with the Houston Texans, the team he began his career with after they took him in the first round in 2013. It's been widely believed that Hopkins is looking to play for a contender -- the Bills and Chiefs are the two teams most mentioned -- so a return to the rebuilding Texans would be a pretty big surprise. The 30-year-old made four Pro Bowls in Houston, and he'd undoubtedly become their top pass-catching target with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud eventually expected to start in 2023. While Nuk is no longer at his peak physically, he still produced when on the field last year and should be in the mix as at least a WR2 in fantasy this year.

    Jun 1 · Source via Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins
  • Texans Eyeing Tytus Howard Extension

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    Not many areas on the Texans’ roster can be classified as true strengths, but the rebuilding team has devoted significant resources to fortifying its offensive line. Houston has already doled out two extensions up front this offseason — to Laremy Tunsil and Shaq Mason. Another might be coming soon. Earlier this year, Tytus Howard expressed […]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Houston Texans Juice Scruggs C.J. Stroud
  • Texans Work Out Preston Williams

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    The Houston Texans worked out free-agent wide receiver Preston Williams on Wednesday, according to a league source. Williams is a big athletic downfield target at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, and he previously spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. The 26-year-old pass-catcher is generating interest from other teams as well. He didn't see a single target in Carolina last year while playing in just one game, but he combined for 56 catches on 111 targets for 787 yards and seven touchdowns the previous three years while with Miami. Williams was the Dolphins' leading receiver in 2019 before he tore the ACL in his knee that season. Wherever Williams lands for the 2023 season, he'll represent receiver depth.

    May 25 · Source via Houston Texans Preston Williams
  • C.J. Stroud Impressing Coaches Early On

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    Houston Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans said that rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has "done an excellent job" early on during organized team activities. It's good to see Stroud making a strong impression early on, but the Texans won't determine their starting signal-caller until training camp or after. Davis Mills saw the first repetitions at Tuesday's practice and is still technically fighting for the starting job in Week 1 of the regular season. The Texans also have veteran journeyman Case Keenum around. Stroud, the second overall pick in the draft, may not be the starter out of the gate in his rookie season, but he's fully expected to start the majority of Houston's games this year. The 21-year-old has plenty of long-term upside, but his fantasy value will most likely be limited in Year 1.

    May 24 · Source via Houston Texans C.J. Stroud
  • Nico Collins On The Field At OTAs

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    Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins (foot) was seen practicing on Tuesday at the first day of organized team activities. Collins' second year in the NFL in 2022 ended after he suffered a foot injury in Week 13, and the 24-year-old pass-catcher finished with 37 catches on 66 targets for 481 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games (seven starts). He should be fully healthy for the start of the 2023 regular season, though, and he figures to be one of Houston's top options for rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud in the passing game now that Brandin Cooks is playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Collins should be worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy drafts this fall.

    May 24 · Source via Houston Texans Nico Collins
  • Dameon Pierce Looking Healthy In OTAs

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    Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce looked healthy while participating in OTAs on Tuesday. Pierce landed on injured reserve late last season after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 14. In a video posted by HoustonTexans.com's Deepi Sidhu, Pierce caught a short pass from C.J. Stroud and looked to be running without any issues on his ankle after the catch. In 2022, Pierce turned in an excellent rookie season and has little competition for touches in 2023, lining him up to serve as a rock-solid RB2 for the upcoming season.

    May 23 · Source via Houston Texans Dameon Pierce
  • Davis Mills Says He's Still Competing For Starting Job

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    Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills said, "I'm still competing for that starting job," despite the team taking rookie C.J. Stroud with the second overall pick in this year's NFL draft. The Texans also have veteran signal-caller Case Keenum, but they aren't considering trading Mills, who has made 26 starts for Houston over the last two seasons. Mills was the first QB put through drills at organized team activities on Tuesday, and while it's fully expected that Stroud will eventually be the starter in 2023, the Texans could choose to have Stroud sit and learn behind Mills initially. In 15 starts last year, Mills completed just 61% of his passes for 3,118 yards, 17 touchdowns and a league-leading 15 interceptions, so if he opens the year as the starter once again, he'll have low-end QB2 fantasy value, at best.

    May 23 · Source via Houston Texans Davis Mills
  • C.J. Stroud Running Second-Team Offense At OTAs

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    Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud is starting off with the second-team offense as the team begins OTAs. Third-year quarterback Davis Mills is getting all of the first-team reps thus far, but it's only a matter of time before Stroud gets the chance to work with the first-team offense after being selected No. 2 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. There's no guarantee he'll start in Week 1, but it's almost a foregone conclusion he'll start early in his NFL career. Stroud will have limited fantasy upside in his rookie year with a pass-catching group of Nico Collins, Robert Woods, John Metchie, Tank Dell, and Dalton Schultz. That said, the team is early in the rebuilding process, so Stroud has plenty of time to develop.

    May 23 · Source via Houston Texans C.J. Stroud
  • John Metchie III Recovering From Hamstring Strain

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    Houston Texans wide receiver John Metchie III (hamstring) is recovering from a strained hamstring and has been sidelined for the past several weeks at offseason practices, according to league sources. However, he's on track to make a full recovery by training camp at the end of July after suffering the soft-tissue injury during a workout earlier this spring. The former second-rounder missed his entire rookie season after being diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia. By all accounts, he's made an outstanding recovery after being diagnosed last July. The 22-year-old can be ignored in most fantasy formats, as he'll be competing for snaps alongside Robert Woods, Nico Collins, Noah Brown and Nathaniel Dell this summer.

    May 23 · Source via Houston Texans John Metchie
  • Jadeveon Clowney Interested In Reunion With Texans

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    Free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney expressed interest in a reunion with the Houston Texans, the team he spent his first five seasons playing for. "All my family is here. Friends here. The guys I work out with can help me take care of my body a lot better being right up under them. I'll show you [I can still produce]," he said in an interview with Fox 26 Houston. Clowney had 24.5 sacks from 2016 to 2018 and made three straight Pro Bowls before signing with the Seattle Seahawks in 2019. His production with Seattle and one injury-limited season in Tennessee was not on par with his past success, but he had one good season with the Cleveland Browns. In 2021, Clowney had 9.0 sacks, 19 QB hits, and a total of 37 combined tackles. But in 2022, Clowney only had 2.0 sacks and complained publicly about being underutilized.

    May 23 · Source via Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney
  • Texans Sign Jacob Martin To One-Year Deal

    The Houston Texans signed free-agent pass-rusher Jacob Martin to an undisclosed one-year deal last week, according to a source. Martin played on the edge for the Texans from 2019 to 2021 before landing with the New York Jets and Denver Broncos last year. The 27-year-old linebacker recorded only 14 tackles (seven solo), 2.5 sacks, five QB hits and a forced fumble in 13 combined games (zero starts) in New York and Denver in 2022. The former sixth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2018 will return to Houston to give them pass-rushing depth. In his five years in the NFL to this point, Martin has 78 total tackles (45 solo), 16 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 29 QB hits, four passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 74 games played (15 starts).

    May 22 · Source via Houston Texans Jake Martin
  • Jadeveon Clowney Open To Returning To Houston

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    Free-agent linebacker Jadeveon Clowney remains unsigned after the Browns released him in March. The veteran should have no trouble finding a new team. However, while speaking with Fox 26 Houston's Mark Berman, he didn't rule out returning to the Texans, where he began his career in 2014. "It'd be nice," Clowney stated. "I'm a big fan of their new head coach." The former No. 1 overall is coming off a miserable year. But Clowney, who currently resides in Houston, could provide valuable guidance to a young squad. That said, his days as a serviceable IDP option are probably over.

    May 20 · Source via Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney
  • Jacob Martin Signs With Texans

    The Houston Texans have reached an agreement with free-agent linebacker Jacob Martin on a one-year deal. The two sides have agreed on a reunion after Martin spent 2019-2021 with the Texans. He left and split time with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets last season. Martin didn't have much success elsewhere, so he'll join the Texans defense as additional depth. Martin has 78 tackles, 29 quarterback hits, and 16 sacks through five seasons in the league. He's expected to be a situational pass rusher for DeMeco Ryans defense.

    May 19 · Source via Houston Texans Jake Martin
  • Texans Sign Byron Cowart

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    The Houston Texans signed veteran free-agent defensive tackle Byron Cowart to an undisclosed deal on Thursday, according to a source. Cowart signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in March but was released on May 10. The 26-year-old quickly latches on with the Texans. He spent the 2022 season with the Indianapolis Colts, playing in 17 games (zero starts) and recording only 12 tackles (four solo). In three NFL seasons, Cowart has 41 tackles (19 solo), a sack, five tackles for loss and one pass defensed in 36 games (14 starts). He was originally a fifth-round selection in 2019 by the New England Patriots out of Maryland. At best, Cowart will have a rotational role on Houston's defensive line if he makes the team.

    May 18 · Source via Houston Texans Byron Cowart
  • Texans Sign Jordan Murray

    The Houston Texans signed former Hawaii and Missouri State tight end Jordan Murray to an undisclosed deal on Wednesday, according to his agent, Sean Stellato. Murray wasn't drafted this year. The 6-foot-5, 247-pounder caught 26 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns at Missouri State two years ago and finished his career there with 99 receptions for 1,196 yards and 11 touchdowns. At Hawaii, he caught only 10 passes for 70 yards in 2022. It will probably be an uphill battle for Murray to make Houston's final roster out of training camp this summer.

    May 17 · Source via Houston Texans
  • Will Anderson Will Play Full-Time Defensive End

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    Houston Texans rookie edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. will put his hand down in the dirt and line up as a defensive end during the 2023 season. Texans coach DeMeco Ryans confirmed the position switch would be taking place. The No. 3 overall pick played outside linebacker at Alabama, where he made 204 tackles and 34.5 sacks in three years. He led the SEC in sacks in 2021 and 2022 while setting the conference record for sacks in a career. Anderson said, "I'm super excited, just to do anything they need from me for the team." It's not completely new for Anderson; he played defensive end in high school. Anderson retains dual positional eligibility at linebacker and defensive line in Sleeper IDP fantasy football.

    May 16 · Source via Houston Texans Will Anderson
  • Shaquill Griffin Agrees To Deal With Houston

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    Free-agent cornerback Shaquill Griffin agreed to a one-year contract with the Texans on Saturday. The deal will pay him $3.5 million, with $3 million guaranteed. The Jaguars released the 27-year-old in March after appearing in only five games last season because of hip and back injuries. However, he's medically cleared to play. In Griffin's six seasons of service, he's totaled 327 tackles (261 solo), six picks, and one sack, so he should be a reliable member of the Texans defense as long as he remains on the field.

    May 13 · Source via Houston Texans Shaquill Griffin
  • Shaq Mason Agrees To Contract Extension With Houston

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    Offensive guard Shaq Mason has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Texans. The deal is worth $36 million, with $22 million guaranteed. The 29-year-old landed in Houston from the Buccaneers in March, bolstering the team's offensive line for the 2023-24 campaign. Mason has plenty of experience under his belt, starting 115 games during his career. He is also a two-time Super Bowl champion, so his presence is good news for rookie signal-caller C.J. Stroud.

    May 10 · Source via Houston Texans C.J. Stroud
  • Greg Little Signs With Texans

    Free-agent offensive talent Greg Little has signed with the Houston Texans. The details of the contract are unknown, but it's assumed to be a one-year deal. The Texans are looking to add depth at the tackle spot behind Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard. Last season, Little started in seven of the 17 games he played in with the Miami Dolphins. He's a former second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers from 2019. There isn't high expectations here as Little is expected to be depth.

    May 4 · Source via Houston Texans
  • Texans Re-Sign Neville Hewitt

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    The Houston Texans re-signed linebacker Neville Hewitt to an undisclosed one-year deal on Thursday, according to a source. Hewitt will be returning to the Texans for his third season after finishing last year with 14 tackles (10 solo) in 14 games played (zero starts). Most of the 30-year-old's playing time came on special teams. Originally an undrafted free agent, Hewitt began his NFL career in 2015 with the Miami Dolphins and played three years with them before joining the New York Jets from 2018-20. He's likely to continue mainly as a special-teams contributor, so he won't have any value in IDP fantasy leagues. Hewitt has racked up 426 tackles (276 solo), 7.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, 19 QB hits, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his eight seasons in the league.

    May 4 · Source via Houston Texans Neville Hewitt
  • Eric Tomlinson joins Texans Tight End Room

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    Former Denver Broncos tight end Eric Tomlinson is joining the Houston Texans on a one-year deal. Houston added Dalton Schultz this offseason and has Brevin Jordan on the roster, but Tomlinson has familiarity with Houston's tight ends coach Jake Moreland, who had the same role with Denver last season. The 31-year-old tight end has caught just 22 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2015, so he won't be on the fantasy radar nor will be a threat to Schultz's production. He is primarily a blocker and special teamer.

    May 3 · Source via Houston Texans Eric Tomlinson
  • C.J. Stroud Asked Texans To Take Nathaniel Dell

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    Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Nathaniel Dell said that quarterback C.J. Stroud told the Texans front office after he was drafted with the second overall pick last Thursday night that he wanted the team to select Dell later in the draft. Stroud and Dell developed a relationship at the NFL scouting combine and will now be working together in their first NFL season. Dell is a bit undersized, but he was productive with 29 touchdowns at the University of Houston in his final two seasons, and he has a clear path to become the team's slot receiver in his first year at the next level. The 23-year-old could be worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues this fall, although both he and Stroud will certainly see their fair share of ups and downs in their rookie season.

    May 3 · Source via NFL Draft Houston Texans C.J. Stroud
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