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9-29-15: Ryan Mallett was far more consistent against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week three, as the Texans got off the schneid with a 19-9 win. Mallett was coming off of an erratic week two performance, but was much more in control against the Bucs, as he completed 61% of his passes and tossed a touchdown to help get the win. This game was largely about ball control, however, as Alfred Blue helped the Texans dominate the time of possession battle thanks to a whopping 139 rushing yards on 31 carries. Houston’s defense also played well, as they held Jameis Winston to a 47% completion rate and picked him off once. Houston will try to keep the positive feeling going in week four, when they take on the undefeated Falcons.
9-22-15: Ryan Mallett took over under center for the Houston Texans in week two and almost forced overtime, before ultimately falling to the Carolina Panthers on the road, 24-17. Houston struggled to run the ball with Arian Foster still out, as Chris Polk surpassed Alfred Blue in week two but put up just 38 rushing yards on 14 carries. Mallett was forced into major action in his first start of the year, as he attempted a whopping 58 passes in the loss. Mallett produced mixed results, as he kept the game close with a touchdown, but also tossed a pick and only completed 46.6% of his passes. Mallett will get a chance to redeem himself in week three, when the Texans take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
9-15-15: J.J. Watt was as dominant as ever en route to two sacks against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the one-man show wasn’t enough in a 27-20 home loss. Alex Smith had his way with the Texans early on, as he tossed three touchdowns and didn’t turn the ball over once. Houston especially had no answer for KC tight end Travis Kelce, who found the end-zone twice. While things got out of hand quickly, backup quarterback Ryan Mallett sparked a mild rally to keep things interesting. Star #1 wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins did as he pleased for most of the game, too, as he hauled in 9 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans will have to consider benching starting quarterback Brian Hoyer when they head into their week two clash with the Carolina Panthers.
9-8-15: The Houston Texans keep getting terrific news back on running back Arian Foster, who initially was feared to be out for over half the season due to a groin injury. Foster has made solid progress, however, and could return as soon as late September. The Texans will likely play it safe with their star running back, though, and fans can expect him back at some point in October. Alfred Blue will start while Foster is out, with Chris Polk helping him out as the main backup. Jadeveon Clowney will make a much quicker return, as he’s made excellent progress in his recovery from knee surgery and is slated to start in week one when Houston battles the Kansas City Chiefs. Aside from Foster being sidelined, the Texans look to be largely 100% and ready to take down the Chiefs to get 2015 going.
9-1-15: Alfred Blue found the end-zone early in Houston’s week three preseason battle, as the Texans moved to 2-1 in August with a solid 27-13 win over the Saints. Houston’s first team defense limited Drew Brees to just a field goal and little else, while also racking up two sacks and forcing two turnovers. The Texans were even better on offense, where Brian Hoyer looked efficient in his brief time with the first team unit and both Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage added passing scores. Jadeveon Clowney wasn’t on the field in week three and isn’t likely to see any action when the Texans battle the Dallas Cowboys in Thursday’s preseason finale. However, Clowney has reportedly made significant progress in his return from a knee injury and remains “on track” to suit up in Houston’s regular season opener.
8-25-15: The wait is over, as the Houston Texans have finally officially named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback for the 2015 NFL season. Hoyer and Ryan Mallett both were just average in the team’s second preseason game, but it appears head coach Bill O’Brien had seen enough, and opted for the more experienced Hoyer. While Houston’s quarterback situation is now concrete, they still aren’t sure what the future holds at the running back position. They’ve known for almost two weeks that they’ll start the year without star rusher Arian Foster, but the team still has no clear timetable for when they can expect a return to the field. The offense luckily got good play out of Alfred Blue in their first preseason game, while Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes (59 total rushing yards) stepped up this past weekend. Houston will aim to round their running game into top form in week three, when they have their regular season dress rehearsal against the New Orleans Saints.
8-18-15: The heated quarterback battle continued into the first preseason game for the Houston Texans, and neither Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett disappointed. Hoyer was fantastic with the first team offense, as he played just one series but put up 67 yards and a 58-yard scoring strike. Mallett kept the competition extremely close, however, as he connected on 10 of 11 attempts for 90 passing yards and helped Houston finish off the visiting San Francisco 49ers, 23-10. Fans were worried Houston’s offense would be in trouble after learning of running back Arian Foster’s groin injury over a week ago, but early signs suggest the offense may survive. Top backup and expected short-term starter Alfred Blue impressed in extensive action, as he carried the ball nine times for 59 yards, including a nice 32-yard gallop. Backups Kenny Hilliard and Chris Polk weren’t so fortunate, as neither running back was able to produce better than 3.0 yards per carry on 10+ attempts. Outside of the preseason, the Texans got some good news on Monday, when stud pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee) returned to individual drills. Houston is taking it slow with their second-year outside linebacker, although the franchise is holding out hope he could be ready for the start of the regular season.
8-12-15: The Houston Texans are as unsure as ever about what they want to do at quarterback, as the team recently listed Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett as “co-starters” on their depth chart. There is no co-starter at running back, though, as Alfred Blue is at least for now the man tasked the replacing Arian Foster (groin) to start the season. While the team has adjusted to Foster’s injury issue, new reports have suggested his groin injury may only keep him out roughly 4-6 weeks. It’s still a big blow to Houston’s offense, but Foster could return a lot earlier than originally expected. The news isn’t nearly as good for sixth round rookie outside linebacker Reshard Cliett, unfortunately, who will miss the entire season with a knee injury.
8-5-15: The Houston Texans got the exact kind of news they didn’t want on Tuesday, when news broke that star running back Arian Foster sustained a “significant” groin injury. Always seemingly fragile, the 29-year old Foster (and the Texans) is expected to need surgery and could miss a large chunk of the 2015 NFL season. With Foster possibly missing extensive time, backup rusher Alfred Blue would likely carry most of the workload, while Jonathan Grimes, Chris Polk and Kenny Hilliard could compete for a role behind him. The injury to Foster puts an enormous amount of pressure on the rest of the offense, one in which still doesn’t have an answer under center. Head coach Bill O’Brien rejected reports that Brian Hoyer was “in the lead”, and instead suggested both Hoyer and Ryan Mallett remained on equal footing. While the news out of Houston is largely uninspiring at the moment, veteran wide receiver Nate Washington has at least impressed and could be in the lead to lock down the #2 receiving role across from DeAndre Hopkins.
7-28-15: Rookies are on the practice field for the Houston Texans, as shooting for HBO’s Hard Knocks begins and the team gears up for a playoff run. Veterans will report to camp on July 31st, when coaches will first get to see the beginnings of a quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. It remains to be determined who will start under center, but whoever is throwing could have a healthy receiving corps to work with. Rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong is a part of that improving group, as he already looks committed to being the best he can be after showing up to camp 20 pounds lighter than he was at OTAs. The team continues to express optimism about the recovery of second-year pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee), but placed him on the active/PUP list to open camp. Clowney will likely miss most (if not all) of camp as he continues to work his way back to 100%.
7-22-15: The Houstons Texans’ plight to get back to the playoffs starts and ends under center, where Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer look to begin their battle when training camp is fully open on July 31st. The rookies show up five days earlier on the 26th, however, when wide receiver Jaelen Strong can start working to carve out a role in the passing game. Strong reportedly shed 20 pounds this summer in an effort to get quicker and faster, and he could end up pushing veteran Cecil Shorts III for major playing time. The offense remains Houston’s biggest concern, but the defense isn’t without it’s question marks, either. Second-year pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney will begin his journey back into the starting lineup, but is expected to be brought along slowly following knee surgery. Clowney is expected to be ready by the start of the season, but may be held back initially when camp first opens. Fans can find a way to check out Houston’s offseason progress live and in person, but for those who can’t catch it all, the rest should be captured on HBO, where Houston will be featured on the popular Hard Knocks show throughout August.
5-4-15: The Houston Texans faced several key questions heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, most notably what they intended to do at quarterback and if they would try to find a future replacement for struggling inside linebacker Brian Cushing. They answered both questions in a sense, as they opted not to draft a quarterback at any point in the draft and snagged stud inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney right away in round two. McKinney could either be paired with Cushing moving forward, or he could downright replace him after the 2015 season. Houston added even more impact talent, as they drafted stud corner Kevin Johnson in round one, grabbed a sliding Jaelen Strong in round three and added running back depth via Kenny Hilliard in round seven. Hilliard is a nice value pick considering he came in the final round, while Strong gives them a talented, balanced wide receiver to help replace the departed Andre Johnson for the long-term.
Round One - Pick 16: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Round Two - Pick 43: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
Round Three - Pick 70: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Round Five - Pick 175: Keith Mumphrey, WR, Michigan State
Round Six - Pick 211: Reshard Cliett, OLB, South Florida
Round Six - Pick 216: Christian Covington, DT, Rice
Round Seven - Pick 235: Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU
Overall, the 2015 draft was a very successful one for the Texans. Be sure to take a look at their entire draft class below:
4-9-15: The Houston Texans got one step closer to figuring out their quarterback situation, as they re-signed Ryan Mallett and brought in former Bill O’Brien pupil Brian Hoyer to compete in 2015. With quarterback hopefully solved, the Texans turned their sights to the defensive side of the ball, where Rahim Moore and Vince Wilfork were brought in to shore up the secondary and defensive line, respectively. Houston also parted ways with long-time receiver Andre Johnson, which opens the door to an expanded role for explosive wideout DeAndre Hopkins. Cecil Shorts III was brought in to help replace Johnson, while the Texans kept some continuity on the o-line by bringing back Derek Newton. Houston may want to draft a linebacker or two to fire up some competition, but otherwise looks to have done a solid job on both sides of the ball thus far in free agency.
3-9-15: The Houston Texans did as well as anyone could hope for with a musical chairs situation at quarterback, including Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage. The team also suffered through an injury-plagued rookie year from top pick Jadeveon Clowney and enter 2015 not knowing how he’ll perform or what they have, overall. In addition, long-time wide receiver Andre Johnson will be cut after asking for a trade and the team will move forward with DeAndre Hopkins as their featured player in the passing game. Houston has a ton of questions on offense, and barring a crazy trade it looks like they’ll answer quarterback concerns by bringing Mallett back to compete with recently signed Brian Hoyer. On defense, the Texans were fairly stout at times in 2014 and could be even better if Brian Cushing can stay healthy for a change.
12-29-14: With nine points scored in the fourth quarter, the J.J. Watt-led Texans came back to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-17, on Sunday. However, the Cleveland Browns were unable to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, so Houston missed the 2014 playoffs. On the bright side, Watt became the first player in NFL history with two 20-sack seasons.
12-23-14: Arian Foster racked up 119 total yards and threw for a touchdown on his first career passing attempt, as the Texans defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 25-13. Although Case Keenum did not get into the end zone, he won for the first time as a starter. In the contest,
Andre Johnson became the second-fastest NFL player to 1,000 career receptions.
12-17-14: The Andre Johnson-less Texans had a very frustrating Sunday at Indianapolis, as they saw Ryan Fitzpatrick get carted off the field with a leg injury. Rookie Tom Savage replaced him, and he completed just 10 of his 19 passing attempts for 127 yards. Fitzpatrick’s injury requires surgery, which will force him to miss the rest of the season.
12-9-14: The Texans scored in all four quarters on Sunday, as they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-13. With the victory, Houston has won consecutive games for the first time since Week 2. Unfortunately, Andre Johnson left the game after suffering a concussion. In addition, the Texans placed No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney on injured reserve due to knee surgery.
12-3-14: Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeAndre Hopkins had career days on Sunday against the visiting Tennessee Titans. The quarterback completed 24 of his 33 passing attempts for 358 yards and a franchise-best six touchdowns, two of which went to Hopkins. The wide receiver caught nine passes in total for a career-high 238 yards in the Texans’ 45-21 victory.
11-26-14: The Arian Foster-less Texans could not handle the Cincinnati Bengals, as they fell, 22-13. Although Houston dropped to 5-6 with the loss and Ryan Mallett is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, Andre Johnson moved into the top 10 in NFL history in receptions in Sunday’s contest.
11-19-14: With Ryan Mallett under center, the Texans scored in all four quarters, as they defeated the Browns in Cleveland, 23-7. Mallett’s first career touchdown pass went to J.J. Watt. The quarterback finished with 211 passing yards and two touchdowns. Alfred Blue ran for 156 yards on 36 carries on Sunday.
11-12-14: Since winning their first two games of the season, the Texans have gone in the opposite direction as the division-leading Indianapolis Colts. Coming off their bye, the Texans now stand at 4-5 with seven 1:00 games ahead, all of which are against AFC opponents. Houston will need to play well against the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals in the upcoming weeks.
11-5-14: Although it was the Philadelphia Eagles that saw their starting quarterback go down withan injury in their 31-21 victory over Houston, the Texans will be switching quarterbacks heading into Week 11. On Wednesday, Houston named Ryan Mallett its new starting quarterback. Mallet was acquired from the New England Patriots during the preseason.
10-30-14: The Texans evened their record at 4-4 with their 30-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Arian Foster was the most valuable player of this game, as he gained 173 yards from scrimmage and got into the end zone three times. Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who was the first overall pick of the 2014 draft and was dealing with a knee injury, played for the first time since Week 1.
10-21-14: The Houston defense looked very strong early in Pittsburgh on Monday night, but then everything went wrong for the Texans. In the final three minutes and eight seconds of the first half, the Steelers scored 24 unanswered points. Unfortunately, Houston only scored 23 points in the entire game, and this loss dropped the team to 3-4 this season.
10-14-14: The Texans allowed the visiting Indianapolis Colts to score the first 24 points of the game, but fought back get the Colts’ lead down to one score. J.J. Watt, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson keyed the comeback, but costly fumbles by Fitzpatrick and Johnson hurt Houston, as the Texans lost, 33-28.
10-8-14: The visiting Texans, who had many of their fans at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, fought very hard against the surprisingly good Dallas Cowboys, but fell just short. Arian Foster racked up a season-high 157 rushing yards, but Ryan Fitzpatrick was unable to get the team far down the field in overtime as the Texans fell, 20-17.
10-1-14: J.J. Watt continues to make Houston’s defense one of the league’s best. He returned his third-quarter interception 80 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Texans the lead for good. After the Buffalo Bills scored the first 10 points of the game, Houston outscored them, 23-7, the rest of the game.
9-25-14: Arian Foster’s absence in Week 3, which was due to a hamstring injury, really hurt the Texans in this game, as they fell to the New York Giants, 30-17. Although rookie running back Alfred Blue accumulated six yards per rush on 13 carries on Sunday, the offense could not get going. In addition, the Texans entered Sunday with one of the league’s best turnover margins, but they turned the ball over three times and forced just one New York fumble.
9-17-14: The Texans are 2-0 once again, as they beat the Oakland Raiders, 30-14, in Week 2. Arian Foster racked up 138 yards and a touchdown on 28 rushing attempts in the victory. After Houston lost its final 14 games in 2013, the team looks to make it three straight wins as the Texans take on the struggling New York Giants.
9-10-14: J.J. Watt was everywhere in the Texans’ 17-6 victory over the Washington Redskins, giving us an early indication that he deserves that huge contract. In addition, Arian Foster looked strong as he racked up 120 yards on 29 touches. Unfortunately, No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney hurt his knee when he stepped in a hole on the field and is now out for four to six weeks.
9-4-14: The Texans were busy off the field this past week. They first helped their quarterback situation by acquiring Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2016 draft pick. The Texans, who were one of the worst passing teams in the NFL last season, waived Case Keenum to make room for Mallett. Houston then signed J.J. Watt to a contract that gave him the most guaranteed money for a defensive player in NFL history.
8-26-14: Jadeveon Clowney left Wednesday’s joint practice after a collision with Jacob Tamme. He then missed the Texans’ 18-17 victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 80 yards that night. Case Keenum was not much better, as he misfired on seven of his 18 passes and threw for just 74 yards.
8-19-14: A week after being shut out in Arizona, the Texans gave the Reliant Stadium crowd a lot to cheer about on Saturday, as they destroyed the Atlanta Falcons, 32-7. Although we did not see Arian Foster or Andre Johnson in either game, it is encouraging to see them practicing this past week. Jadeveon Clowney also provided the team with strong defense and some highlight plays in the blowout.
8-14-14: The Texans did not look so good in their preseason opener at Arizona, as they were shut out, 32-0. In addition, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson both missed practice on Monday. However, the good news for the Houston organization this past week was that Texans owner Bob McNair was given a clean bill of health by doctors after a 10-month battle with leukemia.
8-5-14: We will have to see if the Texans will have Arian Foster or Andre Johnson on Saturday in their preseason opener at Arizona. Both are nursing hamstring injuries and have been injury risks for a large portion of their respective careers. They will each be very important to the team’s offense in 2014, so they should get their rest now.
7-30-14: Andre Johnson created quite a stir with his trade demands over the summer, but he opted to quit sulking and reported to Houston’s training camp this past week. Johnson could still be hoping to get traded at some point, but for now looks to be on board for 2014 season. Running back Arian Foster gave the Texans a mild scare with a hamstring injury this week in practice, but the negativity surrounding his health only lasted a day, as he already made it back to practice. The Texans have been busy adding depth to the roster, as they brought in pass rushing specialists Quentin Groves and Lawrence Sidbury to compete for backup roles on the outside of their 3-4 scheme.
7-15-14: Andre Johnson expressed his frustration earlier in the summer with Houston’s clear rebuilding approach, but the 33-year old star wide receiver has now officially informed the Texans that he “wants out”. Reports suggest the Texans have no intention of trading their best passing game weapon, however. Part of Johnson’s anger stems from the downgrade at quarterback from Matt Schaub to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was officially named the team’s 2014 starter earlier in June. Houston’s solid defense should get a boost come week one of 2014, as star linebacker Brian Cushing has expressed confidence in being ready for the start of the season.
6-5-14: Andre Johnson got the news waves rolling in Houston not too long after the draft, as he publicly expressed his frustration with the direction of the team. He skipped OTAs and could be on his way out if he demands a trade. On the bright side, often injured linebacker Brian Cushing (leg, knee) is expected to be ready for camp, while running back Arian Foster is as healthy as ever and looking at a huge role in the offense again. Foster is expected to be Houston’s lead back and will also take on the “Kevin Faulk” role in Bill O’Brien’s offense. Newly drafted nose tackle Louis Nix III has missed practice time with an undisclosed issue, but head coach O’Brien says “he’ll be fine”. Nix is slated to start in the middle of Houston’s aggressive 3-4 scheme on defense.
5-19-14: The Houston Texans entered the 2014 NFL Draft with the top overall pick after a disastrous 2-14 season. They were either going to take a quarterback, draft Jadeveon Clowney or trade down. After the drama subsided, Clowney was the pick, to the surprise of few. Let’s break the pick of Clowney down, as well as Houston’s other key selections:
Round 1. Pick 01 Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Round 2. Pick 01 Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
Round 3. Pick 01 C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Round 3. Pick 19 Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Round 4. Pick 35 Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
Round 5. Pick 11 Matthew Willis, LB, Idaho
Round 6. Pick 01 Jeoffrey Pagan, DL, Alabama
Round 6. Pick 05 Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
Round 6. Pick 35 Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
Round 7. Pick 01 Andre Hal, DB, Vanderbilt
Round 7. Pick 41 Lonnie Ballentine, DB, Memphis
The Texans had a heck of a draft. It all started at the top with Clowney, who should project as a hybrid pass rusher out of Houston’s 3-4 scheme. Thanks to his ability to play standing up or with his hand in the dirt, he could develop into a truly special and intimidating presence down the road, if not immediately.
This draft wasn’t just about Clowney, however, as Houston had four excellent value picks. The first was with UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, who was easily a first round talent but due to lack of need for guards, he slid into round two. The Texans also nabbed Notre Dame stud nose tackle Louis Nix III, who is going to be absolutely perfect for the middle of their defensive line.
Tom Savage probably can’t help the Texans right away under center, but the Pittsburgh product with the strongest arm of this quarterback class could easily develop into a gem. Last, but certainly not least, is the sixth round plucking of LSU back Alfred Blue. Blue is more talented than most people think, given that he was overshadowed by a committee approach in college. He could be one to watch, as he slides in behind two injury-prone backs in Houston.
5-9-14: It was always going to be Jadeveon Clowney at the top spot. The only question was if the Texans would get a trade offer they liked enough to trade down. That luckily didn’t happen, as Houston landed quite possibly a once in a decade pass rushing talent in Clowney with the draft’s number one overall pick. While not necessarily the perfect fit for a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker, Clowney is expected to be used in a hybrid role that will mask any deficiencies and maximize his pure talent as a pass rusher. Regardless of how he’s used, a solid defense only gets better by pairing an elite talent with the likes of J.J. Watt.
4-28-14: The Houston Texans won just two games a year ago, yet appear to have enough talent to turn right around and compete for a playoff spot in 2014. They’ll need to do a number of things in the 2014 NFL Draft to help make that happen, though. Finding a franchise passer has to be near the top of the list, with the selection of Johnny Manziel or another quarterback with the #1 overall pick being a very real possibility. If Houston doesn’t want to spend the top pick on a passer, it’s likely they will either just beef up their defense by taking the much-hyped Jadeveon Clowney, or they’ll just trade down. They’ll have to find a spot to take a quarterback eventually, though. Trading back into the first round is also an option, while it’s not entirely unrealistic to imagine them waiting on the passer they want at the start of round two.
4-18-14: The Houston Texans will unleash whoever ends up being the 2014 NFL Draft’s number one pick in week one of the 2014 NFL preseason, as they take on the Cardinals in the desert of Arizona. Things get a little more heated in week two, though, as Houston brings the top pick in the draft back home to battle Julio Jones and the high-flying Atlanta Falcons. While their matchup against Atlanta should provide a solid measuring stick, it should end up being no comparison to a tough week three road trip to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Their battle with the reigning AFC champs should show them where they’re at on both sides of the ball, and help them gear up for the first week of the 2014 season. The Houston Texans preseason schedule finishes with another tough matchup at home against the San Francisco 49ers. The starters shouldn’t play a ton against the Niners, but it will still be another good pairing to help the Texans see where they’re at in their progression from a 2-14 season.
4-7-14: Matt Schaub being dealt to the Oakland Raiders is probably the biggest move of the offseason, as the Texans can finally move in another direction under center. Bill O’Brien brings a new direction as head coach, and where Houston will be headed will inevitably have a lot to do with who he decides his franchise quarterback will be out of this year’s draft. It was mostly an offseason about moving on, as the Texans let go aging tight end Owen Daniels and declined to overpay for backup running back Ben Tate. They did patch up a real problem area at safety, however, as they added top-level safety Chris Clemson to the mix, as well as former Chief Kendrick Lewis.
3-21-14: Houston endured a brutal season in 2013, as they started off 2-0 and then dropped their next 14 games. Quarterback Matt Schaub was part of the problem and is expected to either be traded or released, while Houston will likely look for a quarterback at some point in this year’s draft. With a good amount of talent on both sides of the ball, the Texans have played it very safe in free agency, opting to improve from within and via the draft. Their safe approach also had them bidding farewell to solid talent in running back Ben Tate, defensive lineman Earl Mitchell, defensive lineman Antonio Smith and linebackers Daryl Sharpton and Joe Mays. The Texans did re-sign tight end Garrett Graham, who is expected to take over the starting job recently left open following the release of Owen Daniels.
12-31-13: Matt Schaub made his second straight start for the Texans in week 17, but his presence wasn’t enough as the Texans lost to the Titans in Tennessee, 16-10. Schaub turned the ball over three times and wasn’t effective enough, further showing his time is done in Houston. The Texans, once again were competitive, but still dropped their 14th straight game.
12-24-13: Matt Schaub was back under center for the Texans in week 16, but get back to his old form as his Texans got out-dueled by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 37-13. The loss marked Houston’s 13th consecutive loss.
12-17-13: Case Keenum continued his regression in week 15, as he failed to throw a touchdown and tossed two picks in a rough 25-3 road loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Houston’s offense struggled all day, as Keenum was also sacked four times en route to the Texans’ 12 straight loss.
12-10-13: Houston fell in a hole behind inconsistent play from quarterback Case Keenum in week 14, which led to his eventual benching and a comeback bid by Matt Schaub. Schaub couldn’t get it done, though, as the Texans got swept by the Jaguars and dropped their 11th straight game.
12-3-13: The Texans jumped out to a 17-7 lead against the New England Patriots in week 13 and appeared to be on their way to finally winning another football game for the first time since week two. Ben Tate’s three rushing scores wouldn’t be quite enough, however, as the Pats were just a field goal better in a 34-31 loss that gave Houston it’s 10th straight defeat.
11-26-13: Case Keenum was once thought to be the answer to Houston’s quarterback woes. Perhaps the answer will be the 2014 NFL Draft. Despite some solid showings in the first halves of games, Keenum was never effective in this one, as he barely completed over 52% of his passes and took two sacks in a 13-6 home loss - Houston’s ninth straight defeat.
11-19-13: Case Keenum tossed his first interception of his career and dug the Texans an early hole that he wasn’t even allowed to attempt to dig them out of. Head coach Gary Kubiak delivered a head-scratcher, as he inexplicably reverted back to Matt Schaub in the second half, and watched the Texans flounder yet again on offense in a 28-23 home loss to the Oakland Raiders - Houston’s eighth straight loss following a 2-0 start.
11-12-13: Case Keenum threw three touchdowns in his third straight stellar showing, but for the third straight game with Keenum under center, they couldn’t get a win. Houston was in this one throughout, but the Arizona Cardinals proved to be too efficient on offense in the end, as they held off the Texans for the 27-24 home win. The loss marked Houston’s seventh straight loss after a promising 2-0 start.
10-22-13: Undrafted second-year quarterback Case Keenum got the start in week seven with Matt Schaub hurt and T.J. Yates deemed ineffective and he almost pulled off the upset on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. Keenum played mostly error-free football en route to six plays over 20 yards and 271 passing yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Keenum lost stud running back Arian Foster in the first quarter and faced an uphill battle from there, however, as the Texans dropped their fifth straight by a narrow margin, 17-16.
10-15-13: The Houston Texans had dropped three straight games, so when they got the St. Louis Rams at home in week six, they probably breathed a sigh of relief. They probably shouldn’t have. The Rams came out hungry, as they had pressure on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and held the Houston offense out of the end-zone until late in a convincing 38-13 win. Running back Arian Foster had his way with the Rams’ soft run defense, but his 141 rushing yards weren’t enough to keep this one close as the Texans lost their fourth game in a row.
10-8-13: Matt Schaub entered week five with a pick-six in three straight games. He and the Texans had their sights set on redemption as they visited the San Francisco 49ers with hopes of ending a two-game losing streak. Instead, Schaub’s first pass was picked off and returned for a touchdown and the Texans never recovered in a depressing 34-3 road loss. Schaub was eventually benched for backup quarterback T.J. Yates after throwing two more interceptions, causing uncertainty about his status with the team, as well as the direction the suddenly 2-3 Texans were headed.
10-1-13: The Houston Texans have endured a roller coaster 2013 season thus far, one that could have easily had them sitting at 0-3 entering their week four matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Like two of their first three games, this one also could have gone either way. However, the Texans did have complete control in this one at one point, as they nursed a 20-3 lead at the half. Unfortunately, they were unable to generate a single second half point and quarterback Matt Schaub literally threw the game away with a pick-six late in the fourth quarter. The two teams did end up going into overtime, but Houston couldn’t move the ball far enough and ended up falling to the visiting Seahawks, 23-20.
9-20-13: The Houston-Tennessee match-up ended up a little scarier than most Texans fans had expected, but in the end the Texans were able to pull out the win in overtime. Tennessee actually appeared to have the game won with just over four minutes left and leading 24-16, but they could not stop the Texans from marching down the field and scoring eight points to tie the game. In overtime, Houston won it on their first drive, as rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pulled in two more highlight reel catches to close the win out, 30-24, improving to 2-0. Next week the Texans travel to Baltimore to take on the World Champion Ravens.
9-10-13: It wasn’t the start the Houston Texans wanted as they took on the Chargers on Monday Night Football’s late game this week. The Texans fell behind 28-7 before finally waking up. Luckily for them there was enough time left and after 24 unanswered points, including Randy Bullock’s late field goal to seal a 31-28 victory. Matt Schaub had a very good game completing 34 of 45 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns. 12 of those catches and 146 yards were racked up by wide receiver Andre Johnson. Arian Foster had a relatively quiet game, carrying the ball 18 times for 58 yards. Next up for the Texans is a meeting with the Titans at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
9-4-13: Texans final preseason roster cuts: DE Keith Browner, TE Jake Byrne, CB Roc Carmichael, FB Tyler Clutts, LB Cameron Collins, WR Andy Cruse, OL Tyler Horn, DE Delano Johnson, RB Dennis Johnson, S Orhian Johnson, NT Chris Jones, RB Deji Karim, OL Alex Kupper, CB Elbert Mack, T Nate Menkin, LB Mike Mohamed, WR EZ Nwachukwu, S Jawanza Starling.
8-22-13: Defensive end Antonio Smith has been suspended for the last two weeks of the preseason and week 1 of the NFL season for swinging his helmet at an opponent. He will also lose about $400,000 is salary. He will still be able to practice with the team.
Arian Foster was taken off the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday and practiced with the team for the first time all training camp. It's still unlikely that he will play in either of the Texas final two preseason games, but he feels he'll be ready for Houston's opener on September 9th against the Chargers.
8-20-13: Houston hosted the Dolphins in week 2 of the preseason and improved to 2-0 with a 24-17 win. Matt Schaub completed 8 of 11 passes for 92 yards and a TD, a 15-yard strike to tight end Owen Daniels. Case Keenum was also solid, completing 11 of 18 passes for 150 yards and a score. Keeping up with the trend of good QB play, T.J. Yates completed 7 of 9 passes for 84 yards and a TD. First-round pick DeAndre Hopkins was injured in the with what the Texans said is a head injury. Houston will host the Saints next Sunday.
8-11-13: The Texans opened up their preseason schedule with a 27-13 win over the Vikings. T.J. Yates completed 13 of his 21 passes for 151 yards and a TD. Case Keenum threw for 125 yards and a TD on 13 of 18. Starter, Matt Schaub was 5-for-5 for 34 yards. Rookie running back Cierre Wood carried the ball ten times for 59 yards.
7-10-13: The Houston Texans went from the best team in the league to one just simply in the playoff mix in 2012, and that had everything to do with the loss of linebacker Brian Cushing. The leader of their defense will be back, while free agent safety acquisition Ed Reed will help push the Texans defense over the hump. On offense, rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins makes Houston’s pass attack more versatile, while a healthy Arian Foster remains the key piece in the Texans finally making a deep playoff run.
2013 Texans Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 27: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Round 2, Pick 25: D.J. Swearinger, SS, South Carolina
Round 3, Pick 27: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
Round 3, Pick 33 (Compensatory Selection): Sam Montgomery, DE, Louisiana State
Round 4, Pick 27: Trevardo Williams, DE, Connecticut
Round 6, Pick 8 (from Tennessee through Minnesota, Arizona and Oakland): David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
Round 6, Pick 27: Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State
Round 6, Pick 30 (from Atlanta through St. Louis): Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green
Round 6, Pick 33 (Compensatory Selection): Ryan Griffin, TE, Connecticut
12-4-12: The Hosuton Texans are on a six game winning streak and is steam rolling right through the AFC into the playoffs. This week presents a tough test against the seasoned New England Patriots on Monday Night prime time. After that, two of their remaining four games will be against the Colts who are also surging toward the post season.
1-9-13: The AFC South Division winning Houston Texans head into New England for a rematch with the New England Patriots who embarrassed them just a few weeks ago. The Texans got off to a great start this season winning their first five games and 11 of their first 12. Their defense, JJ Watt in particular was outstanding in the Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals allowing only 13 points. The defense only allowed 2 field goals to the Bengals’ offense. JJ Watt is the leading candidate for defensive player of the year and running back Arian Foster had another stellar season. Look for the Texans to seek revenge against the Patriots in Foxborough on Sunday in a battle of 12-win teams.