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J.J. Watt's PFF Grade Down Dramatically In 2016

Sep 23, 2016 11:47 AM

J.J. Watt has not been his usual self during the first three games of the 2016 season as he returns from offseason surgery.

Watt has had a Pro Football Focus grade of 87.7, 98.5, 98.8, 97.2 and 93.8 in his first five NFL seasons, while his number this season is just 46.9.

Watt has nine total pressures through games compared to 5.75 per game in 2015 when it was down from 7.4 the season before. 

Watt has recorded only two sacks and three defensive stops through three games this season.

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Patriots Preparing Julian Edelman To Be Emergency QB

Sep 21, 2016 11:14 AM

The New England Patriots are preparing Julian Edelman to be their emergency quarterback against the Houston Texans on Thursday night.

Jacoby Brissett is set to start after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in Week 2.

Edelman played quarterback at Kent State before the Patriots snagged him in the seventh round in 2009 and turned his into a wide receiver.

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Bill O'Brien Would Like To See Shorter Preseason

Sep 6, 2016 8:33 AM

Bill O'Brien believes the NFL plays too many preseason games.

The Houston Texans coach says four preseason games is too many. O'Brien pointed out on PFT Live that teams cut their rosters from 90 players to 75 players before the fourth preseason game, then from 75 to 53 after the fourth preseason game. He thinks it would make more sense to just have one cut from 90 to 53 after the third preseason game, and scrap the fourth preseason game.

"I do believe that if we could go to two or three preseason games, I do think that would help," O'Brien said. "When you think back to last year, and we talked about maybe eliminating the 75 cut and just having one cut, I do think that would help. I think you go into that last game really know for the most part who your team is going to be. It's difficult because you don't have a ton of players available to you in that fourth preseason game. My opinion would be we could get it done in two or three preseason games, but again, I'm not in the decision-making role, that's just my opinion."

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J.J. Watt Activated By Texans, Expected To Play In Week 1

Sep 4, 2016 9:04 PM

J.J. Watt has been activated by the Houston Texans from the physically unable to perform list.

Watt is expected to play in Week 1 of the regular season less than two months after undergoing back surgery.

Watt had been on the preseason PUP list since he had surgery on a herniated disk in his back in late July, and did not participate in training camp or any of the Texans' preseason games. 

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J.J. Watt Expected To Play In Week 1

Sep 2, 2016 6:56 PM

J.J. Watt could play in the Houston Texans' Week 1 opener as he comes back from herniated disc surgery.

Watt played through a handful of core muscle injuries in 2015.

"We are headed in the right direction with him," Bill O'Brien said. "It looks decent for him to be able to play in the first game."

Watt has won Defensive Player of the Year honors in three separate seasons.

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J.J. Watt Could Be Out Through Week 2 Of Regular Season

Aug 19, 2016 2:46 PM

J.J. Watt's status for the first two weeks of the regular season with the Houston Texans remains uncertain.

Watt has been on the physically able to perform list since July 25, after he had surgery on a herniated disk in his back.

Bill O'Brien said he is encouraged by Watt's recovery and that "everything is going in the right direction."

"I don't think we can predict whether he'll be ready for Week 1 or Week 2, but he's going to be ready sooner rather than later," O'Brien said.

Watt was originally expected to miss 6-10 weeks after the surgery.

Watt has never missed a regular season game in his five NFL seasons.

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Texans Not Negotiating With DeAndre Hopkins

Aug 6, 2016 11:47 AM

The Houston Texans aren't ready to discuss a new deal with DeAndre Hopkins.

Hopkins had a brief holdout that ended quickly.

"There is not a negotiation happening at this point," Rick Smith said. "He's under contract for two more years. It was a holdout that weighed him down. He expressed his feelings about his desire to have a new contract. If you look around our locker room, we've been pretty consistent with taking care of our players... We have every intention of keeping him."


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DeAndre Hopkins Ends Brief Holdout

Jul 31, 2016 4:01 PM

DeAndre Hopkins will report to camp with the Houston Texans despite his disappointment in not having an extension.

"I too am disappointed that the Texans organization has elected not to enter into contract negotiation to secure my future as a Texan," the statement read. "I have expressed my sincere position regarding my contract status and with sound mind have expressed my stands (sic) to the Texans organization.

"My focus also is on the 2016 season and to help my team reach our ultimate goal.

"Having said that I am returning to the Houston Texans to play for a Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. ... We are excited about returning to the team and grind this camp."

Hopkins is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract and is set to make $1.4 million this year.

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DeAndre Hopkins Holding Out Of Texans' Camp

Jul 30, 2016 1:10 PM

DeAndre Hopkins is holding out of training camp as he seeks a new deal from the Houston Texans.

Hopkins, who is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, did not report for the start of the Texans' camp, according to sources. He will be subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp he misses.

Because the Texans picked up the fifth-year option available on all first-round pick contracts, Hopkins technically has two seasons left on his deal. He also has a $445,000 roster bonus due Wednesday, the fifth day of camp, that he will miss out on if he hasn't returned by then.

Hopkins was a first-round pick in 2013, and the Texans extended their 2011 and 2012 first-round picks [J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus] as they entered their fourth seasons.

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DeAndre Hopkins Wants To Be Treated For What He's Worth

Jul 25, 2016 8:00 AM

DeAndre Hopkins, who is in line for a contract extension, says he just wants fair market value.

"I'm not looking for a certain range," Hopkins said. "I just want to be treated for what I'm worth. That's fair to say, right?"

Hopkins caught a touchdown pass from four different quarterbacks as the Houston Texas struggled at the position in 2015. Still, he managed to haul in 111 receptions for 1,521 yards.

The Texans exercised the fifth-year option on Hopkins' deal in April, so this season may not be the last one under his rookie contract.

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J.J. Watt Could Be Out Up To 10 Weeks
There have been conflicting reports as to how long J.J. Watt will be sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back this week.

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J.J. Watt Undergoes Back Surgery
J.J. Watt will start training camp with the Houston Texans on the PUP list but should be ready to start the season.

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Tom Savage Anxious To Compete For Job With Texans
Tom Savage was robbed of his 2015 season due to a shoulder injury, but says he's healthy and ready to compete for a job with the Texans.

Houston Chronicle

Texans Sign First-Round Pick Will Fuller
With Will Fuller signed, the Texans have now struck deals with their entire draft class.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Arian Foster Confident Of Being Ready For Camp
At least three teams have recently inquired about Arian Foster, who tore his Achilles in late October.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Vince Wilfork Believes He Can Play A Few More Seasons
Vince Wilfork, who is entering his 13th season, doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.

Houston Chronicle

Brock Osweiler Doesn't Hold Grudge Against Broncos
Brock Osweiler passed on an opportunity to remain with the Broncos to become the starting quarterback of the Texans.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

DeAndre Hopkins Thankful Texans Drafted Pair Of WRs
DeAndre Hopkins is grateful for the Texans' commitment to improving their receiving corps by drafting Will Fuller and Braxton Miller.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Texans Release Brian Hoyer
The Broncos and Jets could have interest in Brian Hoyer.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Texans Sign Brandon Weeden To Two-Year, $4M Deal
Brandon Weeden's re-signing is further evidence that the Texans and incumbent starting quarterback Brian Hoyer are likely to part ways.

Rand Getlin/NFL.com

J.J. Watt Had Five Torn Core Muscles During 2015
J.J. Watt underwent surgery on both sides of his body.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Arian Foster Meeting With Dolphins
Lamar Miller signed with the Texans this offseason, the former team of Arian Foster.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Lamar Miller Signs With Texans On Four-Year, $26M Deal
Lamar Miller received better financial offers from other teams.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Brock Osweiler Agrees To Sign With Texans On Four-Year, $72M Deal
Brock Osweiler has agreed in principle to sign with the Texans.

Rand Getlin/NFL.com

Broncos, Texans Considered Favorites For Brock Osweiler
The Broncos didn't use a tag on Brock Osweiler, meaning he can sign with any team of his choosing.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Arian Foster Released By Texans
Arian Foster rushed for over 1,000 yards in four separate seasons with the Texans.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jaelen Strong Arrested On Marijuana Possesssion Charge
Jaelen Strong was riding in a black Maserati when police observed that there was no visible license plate and conducted a traffic stop.

Tyler Dragon/NFL.com

Arian Foster Watches 'Zero Football' As Fan
Arian Foster says he doesn't enjoy watching football from the perspective of a fan.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

Oskar Garcia/AP

J.J. Watt Named Defensive Player Of The Year
J.J. Watt joined Lawrence Taylor as the only players to win the award three times.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com