Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins revealed that he played through serious pain in 2018. "Last year was tough, not just physically but mentally," Hopkins said Saturday, via the Houston Chronicle. "It's the most banged up I've ever been playing football. I was dealing with serious injuries a lot of people would have sat down for. But we had a good team that depended on me, and I never gave a thought to not playing unless the doctors told me I couldn’t." Hopkins also shared that he tore ligaments in his shoulder “completely off the bone.” Wow. The 27-year-old set career highs with 115 catches and 1,572 yards last season. He’s fully expected to be ready for training camp.
The Texans have already dumped TE Ryan Griffin, who led the position in targets for them last season. Second-year man Jordan Thomas has spent OTAs taking the starter reps, and Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle says he's "building a case as the top candidate to be a starter." Thomas edged fellow rookie Jordan Akins in playing time last year, despite arriving 2 rounds later in the draft. We're highly intrigued by the long-term outlook for 2019 third-round TE Kahale Warring, but Thomas looks like the best bet for 2019 production. That said, this isn't a high-upside situation, given the TE crowd, the talent at WR and the history of Bill O'Brien TEs. Consider Thomas a late option in best-ball drafts and FFPC formats.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said RB D'Onta Foreman is making "good progress" as he continues to work back from 2017's torn Achilles. "I think he’s had a really good time away from us, and that’s parlayed into a good spring," O'Brien added. Foreman got back on the field last December and is encouraged by how this offseason has gone. "I’m fluid. I feel good. My mindset is really good right now," he said. "A year ago, I didn’t know what I would be like coming back, if I would ever be the same. I had a lot of stuff going through my mind. Right now, I’m just in a good spirit and looking forward to the season." A healthy Foreman is plenty capable of pushing RB Lamar Miller for work this year. We'll be keeping a close eye on the situation when training camp opens.
The MMQB's Albert Breer hears that Texans TE Kahale Warring impressed in last weekend's rookie minicamp. The 3rd-rounder didn't even play football until his senior year of high school, so he's obviously a project. "But the raw ability could help him carve out a role as a matchup guy in Year 1," Breer writes. Warring might find targets tough to come by, though, in a passing game featuring DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee. We're not spending a pick on Warring in early redrafts, but he's a fine target late in dynasty rookie drafts.
The Texans selected San Diego State TE Kahale Warring in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Warring didn’t play a lick of football until his senior year of high school in 2014. He totaled just 20 catches across his first 3 college seasons before leading a run-heavy Aztecs team with 31 catches last year. The 6'5, 252-pounder registered a strong 79th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine and is also 1 of the best blocking TEs in this class. Warring will find opportunity in Houston, where the depth chart consists of Ryan Griffin, Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins.
Texans WR Will Fuller is on track to be ready for the 2019 opener after last October's torn ACL. "Everything has gone well, no setbacks," GM Brian Gaine said. "Everything trending in right direction. Looking good." Fuller will be over 10 months removed from the injury when the season kicks off. He'd ideally be able to get some work in during training camp and the preseason, but we'll monitor his progress as we move toward the summer. Fuller has appeared in just 17 games over the past 2 seasons but averaged 54.5 yards and .65 TDs per outing.
The Texans are placing the franchise tag on DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney. The 26-year-old posted 9 and 9.5 sacks the past 2 seasons. He carries much more IDP value in fantasy football leagues that give him DL eligibility -- and Clowney probably should in most places. Pro Football Focus counted his most snaps, by far, at the "right end outside" position -- the spot opposite the "LEO" pass-rusher spot that has gained prominence as former Seattle defensive coaches have spread around the league. Where he's merely a LB, Clowney figures to remain more of an IDP spot starter.
Texans GM Brian Gaine said he's "optimistic about a very positive return” from RB D'Onta Foreman. Foreman was just starting to flash as a rookie before tearing his Achilles. He predictably didn't do much this past season, debuting in December and carrying 8 times for 2 yards in 2 appearances. Houston used a 3rd-round pick on Foreman back in 2017 after he ripped off 2,028 yards and 15 TDs in his final year at Texas, so there's obviously ability here. We'll see if he can regain pre-injury form and push for a significant role this summer.
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins told NFL Network's James Palmer that he suffered a Grade 3 sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder in the 1st half of Saturday's playoff loss to the Colts. Hopkins played in the 2nd half but didn't look quite right. He finished with 5 catches for 37 yards on 10 targets. It was a disappointing end to a brilliant campaign. Hopkins led all WR in PPR points this season, finishing 2nd in catches, 2nd in yards and 4th in TDs. And he played all 16 games for the 5th time in 6 tries. Hopkins will be in the mix to be the 1st WR off the board in 2019 fantasy drafts.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is officially active for today's game against the Colts. The rookie missed the final 5 games of the regular season but could step right back into a significant role for a Houston offense in need of pass-catching threats behind DeAndre Hopkins. Consider Coutee a risk/reward fantasy play in the Wild Card Round.
Texans WR Keke Coutee is expected to play through his "questionable" tag against the Colts today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That would be Coutee's 1st action since his latest hamstring aggravation in Week 12. Coutee put in full practices all this week, though, and rejoins a Houston offense that lost Demaryius Thomas to a torn Achilles' tendon while he was out. There's some sneaky DFS upside to Coutee, especially if this game turns into a shootout. He caught 11 balls for 109 yards in his season debut at Indy back in Week 4 but missed the 2nd meeting.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Colts. He put in a full week of practice, but HC Bill O'Brien labeled his rookie a game-time decision on Thursday. We're expecting Coutee to play but will get his official status around 3 pm ET on Saturday.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to return for this weekend's game against a Colts team that he posted an 11-109 line against back in Week 4.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) has "a shot" to play against the Colts this weekend. “Definitely, I think he’s trending that way," O'Brien said. "We have to see how he looks in practice on a day-to-day basis, but there’s a shot there.” Coutee has battled a bum hamstring all season and has been sidelined for the past 5 weeks. The rookie has flashed when healthy, though, tallying 25 catches, 270 yards and a score in 4 games in which he played 65+% of Houston's offensive snaps. Coutee will be a DFS tournament consideration if he plays on Saturday.
Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (neck) is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars.
Texans RB D'Onta Foreman is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars. Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue will handle backfield duties.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Jaguars. With Demaryius Thomas out, DeAndre Carter and Vyncint Smith will serve as Houston’s #2 and #3 WRs.
Texans CB Johnathan Joseph is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He's dealing with a new neck injury but managed limited practices all week. We'll check his status Sunday morning.
Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is not listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Miller is a good volume bet with Houston 7.5-point home favorites but is a lower-end RB2 vs. a tough run defense.
Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars after a limited week of practice. It’s the 5th straight week the rookie has been listed as questionable. He didn’t play in the previous 4 games. If Coutee is unable to play this weekend, Houston will be down to DeAndre Carter and Vyncint Smith behind DeAndre Hopkins.
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