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Texans Release Demaryius Thomas

Feb 12, 2019 11:26 AM

The Houston Texans will release Demaryius Thomas.

Thomas suffered a torn Achilles in December. Thomas was on a non-guaranteed $14 million salary in 2019.

Thomas said he was not thinking about retiring.

"My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I'm not thinking about retirement. I just don't know where it will be," he told reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans acquired Thomas from the Denver Broncos before the trade deadline.

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Jadeveon Clowney Gets $1M To Settle Option Dispute

Jan 9, 2019 8:19 AM

Jadeveon Clowney was paid a bonus of $1.005 million on the second to last day of the regular season.

The Houston Texans paid out the bonus as part of a resolution over a dispute of which position he should have been listed as playing under his fifth-year option, according to a source.

The option, which is built into the contracts of all players selected in the first round, pays players based on their position and draft slot.

Although details are unclear, Clowney likely contended he should have been designated as a defensive end and not a linebacker, as a defensive end on the fifth-year option was entitled to larger total pay in 2018.

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Demaryius Thomas 'Not Thinking About Retirement'

Jan 7, 2019 8:36 AM

Demaryius Thomas missed Saturday's playoff game with a torn Achilles, but he expects to be back on the field for the 2019 season.

Thomas, who was traded to the Houston Texans at midseason, expects to continue playing.

"My main priority right now is getting back healthy," Thomas said. "I can still play, man. I'm not thinking about retirement. I just don't know where it will be."

The wide receiver is under contract for $14 million next season.

Houston Chronicle

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DeAndre Hopkins Donating Game Check To Shooting Victim's Family

Jan 4, 2019 8:35 AM

DeAndre Hopkins will donate his playoff check to the family of a 7-year-old Houston-area girl killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday.

Jazmine Barnes was killed when a pickup truck pulled up next to the car she was in and started shooting. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said they believed the shooting was random and they have not identified the gunman.

Hopkins will earn $29,000 for Saturday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

"You hate to hear what happened," Hopkins said. "The city of Houston is always supportive of me, of this team, so I felt in my heart that it was only right that I give back to those who are down. Man, it's a tough situation what happened. It's tough man. What I can do ... that's nothing. That won't bring back a person. I'm not trying to make it about me or anything like that. It's the least I could do."

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2019 11:42 AM

The NFL has just two teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams, Packers, Falcons, Patriots and Saints also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Cowboys, Jaguars, Texans, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Ravens and Bills are in the top-10 on defense.

The Chiefs rank first in the NFL in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

 

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters

Dec 18, 2018 8:10 PM

The NFL has released its 2019 Pro Bowl rosters, headlined by Patrick Mahomes.

AFC Pro Bowl Roster By Position

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Tyreek Hill*, Kansas City Chiefs; Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Tackle: Taylor Lewan*, Tennessee Titans; Alejandro Villanueva*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs

Guard: David DeCastro*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Marshal Yanda*, Baltimore Ravens; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Mike Pouncey, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes*, Kansas City Chiefs; Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers; Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Running back: James Conner*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers; Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Fullback: Anthony Sherman*, Kansas City Chiefs

DEFENSE

Defensive end: J.J. Watt*, Houston Texans; Myles Garrett*, Cleveland Browns; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers

Interior lineman: Geno Atkins*, Cincinnati Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Tennessee Titans; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Houston Texans; Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs

Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Baltimore Ravens; Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans

Cornerback: Xavien Howard*, Miami Dolphins; Jalen Ramsey*, Jacksonville Jaguars; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots; Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns

Free safety: Derwin James*, Los Angeles Chargers; Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Jason Myers*, New York Jets

Long snapper: To be named by coach.

Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist: Andre Roberts*, New York Jets

Special teamer: Adrian Phillips*, Los Angeles Chargers

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead*, New Orleans Saints; Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guard: Zack Martin*, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Philadelphia Eagles; Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers

Center: Alex Mack*, Atlanta Falcons; Max Unger, New Orleans Saints

Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Philadelphia Eagles; George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback: Drew Brees*, New Orleans Saints; Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running back: Todd Gurley*, Los Angeles Rams; Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers

DEFENSE

Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; DeMarcus Lawrence*, Dallas Cowboys; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears

Outside linebacker: Khalil Mack*, Chicago Bears; Ryan Kerrigan*, Washington Redskins; Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback: Kyle Fuller*, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson*, Arizona Cardinals; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions, Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Free safety: Eddie Jackson*, Chicago Bears; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, New York Giants

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Aldrick Rosas*, New York Giants

Long snapper: To be named by coach

Punter: Michael Dickson*, Seattle Seahawks

Return specialist: Tarik Cohen*, Chicago Bears

Special teamer: Cory Littleton*, Los Angeles Rams

AFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Baltimore Ravens (3): ILB C.J. Mosley*, FS Eric Weddle, G Marshal Yanda*

Cincinnati Bengals (1): DT Geno Atkins*

Cleveland Browns (2): DE Myles Garrett*, CB Denzel Ward

Denver Broncos (2): RB Phillip Lindsay, OLB Von Miller*

Houston Texans (4): OLB Jadeveon Clowney*, WR DeAndre Hopkins*, ILB Benardrick McKinney, DE J.J. Watt*

Indianapolis Colts (2): TE Eric Ebron, G Quenton Nelson

Jacksonville Jaguars (1): CB Jalen Ramsey*

Kansas City Chiefs (6): OT Eric Fisher, OLB Dee Ford, WR Tyreek Hill*, TE Travis Kelce*, QB Patrick Mahomes*, FB Anthony Sherman*

Los Angeles Chargers (7): WR Keenan Allen, RB Melvin Gordon, DE Melvin Ingram, FS Derwin James*, ST Adrian Phillips*, C Mike Pouncey, QB Philip Rivers

Miami Dolphins (1): CB Xavien Howard*

New England Patriots (2): QB Tom Brady, CB Stephon Gilmore

New York Jets (3): SS Jamal Adams*, K Jason Myers*, RS Andre Roberts*

Pittsburgh Steelers (6): WR Antonio Brown, RB James Conner*, G David DeCastro*, DT Cameron Heyward, C Maurkice Pouncey*, OT Alejandro Villanueva*

Tennessee Titans (3): DT Jurrell Casey*, P Brett Kern*, OT Taylor Lewan*

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Arizona Cardinals (1): CB Patrick Peterson*

Atlanta Falcons (2): WR Julio Jones*, C Alex Mack*

Carolina Panthers (2): ILB Luke Kuechly*, G Trai Turner

Chicago Bears (5): RS Tarik Cohen*, CB Kyle Fuller*, DT Akiem Hicks, FS Eddie Jackson*, OLB Khalil Mack*

Dallas Cowboys (5): RB Ezekiel Elliott, CB Byron Jones, DE DeMarcus Lawrence*, G Zack Martin*, OT Tyron Smith*

Detroit Lions (1): CB Darius Slay

Green Bay Packers (2): WR Davante Adams, QB Aaron Rodgers

Los Angeles Rams (4): DT Aaron Donald*, QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley*, ST Cory Littleton*

Minnesota Vikings (4): OLB Anthony Barr, DE Danielle Hunter, FS Harrison Smith, WR Adam Thielen

New Orleans Saints (5): OT Terron Armstead*, QB Drew Brees*, DE Jordan Cameron*, WR Michael Thomas*, C Max Unger

New York Giants (3): RB Saquon Barkley, SS Landon Collins*, K Aldrick Rosas*

Philadelphia Eagles (3): G Brandon Brooks*, DT Fletcher Cox*, TE Zach Ertz*

San Francisco 49ers (2): FB Kyle Juszczyk*, TE George Kittle

Seattle Seahawks (2): P Michael Dickson*, ILB Bobby Wagner

Washington Redskins (2): OLB Ryan Kerrigan*, OT Trent Williams

* Indicates starter

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J.J. Watt: I Learned To Not Push As Hard With Training

Dec 17, 2018 1:18 PM

J.J. Watt missed 24 of the Texans’ 32 games in 2016 and 2017, which led him to change his offseason approach and he has stayed healthy in 2018.

“I learned a lot over the last two years,” Watt said Saturday night. “I didn’t push [training] as hard as I had before. There are some things that create higher risk than others. I still train with the same intensity. I’m just smarter. It’s been continuous growth the entire way.

“Really, I just want to move past the ‘comeback’ thing. I just want it to be about football. In late December, these are the things you dream about—playoff football, winning, playing big games. I’m contributing now, and I’m happy about that.”

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

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Texans Owner Bob McNair Dies At 81

Nov 24, 2018 2:34 AM

Texans owner Bob McNair died Friday in Houston, the team announced. He was 81.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce Houston Texans Founder, Senior Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and philanthropist, Robert C. McNair passed away peacefully in Houston today with his loving wife, Janice, and his family by his side," the team said in a statement.

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Demaryius Thomas Claims Broncos Misled Him About Trade

Nov 6, 2018 9:14 AM

Demaryius Thomas ripped the Denver Broncos, who traded him to the Houston Texans last week.

The receiver claims he was misled by the team about the possibility of a trade, was asked to surrender playing time in favor of rookie wide receivers and that it was "heartbreaking" he was not a team captain.

"Monday before [the trade] Vance Joseph walked up to me and he said, 'Don't listen to the trade talk; it's not true,'" he said. "... When he said that to me, I said, 'How is that not true? My agent called me today and said Elway wanted a fifth-round pick for me.' So, are we telling stories to each other now? I thought we were going to men about this."

Thomas added: "I knew something was going to happen."

He also called it "honor from Day 1 to yesterday" to play in Denver and that "I love everybody and always will. I love the city still and I'm always going to love the city because that's where it began."

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Deshaun Watson Hopes For Seamless Transition With Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas has 36 catches for 402 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Broncos Trade Demaryius Thomas To Texans
The Broncos have traded Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

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Deshaun Watson: I'm Built To Take Big Hits
Deshaun Watson made a trip to the medical tent near the end of regulation against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

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Deshaun Watson Trying To Emulate Dak Prescott
When the Texans drafted Deshaun Watson in the first round last year, he hoped to emulate Dak Prescott's immediate impact with the Cowboys.

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Texans-Cowboys Has Most Expensive Week 5 Ticket Price
The average ticket price for Texans-Cowboys is nearly $400.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson is the other young franchise quarterback coming back from a torn ACL.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney was one of the NFL's most highly rated draft picks in recent memory and this could be the season in which he really breaks through.

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Ten-Year DVOA Rankings: Houston Texans
The Texans have reached the playoffs four times during this snapshot, including 2016 when they ranked 29th in DVOA.

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Texans Won't Negotiate With Jadeveon Clowney During Season
If the Texans don't work out a contract extension with Jadeveon Clowney before Week 1, then it will have to wait until after the season.

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Deshaun Watson Expects To Be Full-Go At Camp
Deshaun Watson tore his ACL on Nov. 2 in practice.

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Texans, Benardrick McKinney Agree Upon $50M Extension
The Texans have agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension with inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney.

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Lamar Miller: Adrian Peterson Would Help Texans
Adrian Peterson has called his hometown Texans a "dream" destination and Lamar Miller doesn't disagree.

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J.J. Watt To Pay For Funerals Of Santa Fe Victims
J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of those killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

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Deshaun Watson On Schedule To Be Ready For Training Camp
Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice in November.

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Texans Make Several Changes To Personnel Department
Earlier this offseason, the Texans hired Brian Gaine as general manager when Rick Smith went on leave.

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Bob McNair Regrets Apologizing For 'Inmates Running Prison' Comment
The Texans' players were considering walking out in protest of the comments until he apologized.

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Texans Installing New Offense For Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson excelled in the Texans' offense before he tore his ACL in early November.

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Aaron Colvin To Sign Four-Year Deal With Texans
The cornerback played in all 16 games, but started five for the Jaguars in 2017.

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Dion Lewis Drawing Interest From Eight Teams
In addition to the Patriots, seven teams are believed to have interest in signing Dion Lewis.

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Texans To Release Brian Cushing
Brian Cushing will clear $7.64 million in salary cap space.

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