Houston Texans
Houston Texans
AFC South | 4-12-0
Rank: 20th
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Rank: 7th
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Rank: 1st
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Rank: 30th
Posted 4/16/2021 4:35 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is currently facing more than 20 civil lawsuits, but general manager Nick Caserio is refusing to get into specifics on the issue, Watson's future or the team's possible contingency plans at quarterback. 'I know (owner) Cal (McNair) ... put a letter out a few weeks ago, just relative to the organizational stance, relative to where we are. So I don't have anything to add other than it's a legal process,' Caserio said Friday, April 16 in a pre-draft news conference. 'We're respectful of the legal process and where that is. So we're focused on today. We're focused on getting ready for the offseason program and getting ready for the draft. So that's where our focus is.'
Huddle Up: It remains a quite-touchy wait-and-see situation all around regarding Watson's current situation, and the Texans do have some Plan B options in house in Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Finley. The Texans -- and everyone else -- will let the legal process play out and see what develops. Any more QB moves -- or lack of moves -- by the Texans could be a telling sign.
Posted 4/12/2021 1:24 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is 'very unlikely' to be traded with the legal situation swirling around him, according to sources.
Huddle Up: There's a very real possibility that Watson misses time in the 2021 season, and as preposterous as it sounds on the surface, he's an upside QB2 in early drafts.
Posted 4/09/2021 4:45 pm UTC
If Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson can appropriately settle his current lawsuit and legal problems, the Philadelphia Eagles would be interested in pursuing a trade, according to a a league source Friday, April 9.
Huddle Up: There's obviously a long road to travel with Watson currently facing 22 civil lawsuits, potential criminal investigation and a possible league suspension, but it's also caused Watson's pricetag to drop in the meantime. Add Philly to the still lengthy mix of interested teams if and when the situation is ever resolved. Until then, it'll be second-year QB Jalen Hurts at the helm for the Eagles with veteran Joe Flacco serving as a backup, but the jury remains out on Hurts as a long-term QB solution.
Posted 4/05/2021 9:53 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson received trade interest from the Carolina Panthers, but the Panthers decided to acquire QB Sam Darnold, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Texans have said repeatedly that Watson will not be traded, so the Panthers added Darnold. Darnold should be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in leagues, while Watson will be a No. 1 quarterback if he plays in 2021.
Posted 3/22/2021 5:29 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Chris Conley (Jaguars) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Houston Texans Monday, March 22, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Conley will have a chance to earn playing time next season since the team lost Will Fuller during free agency. Fantasy players can monitor his situation during training camp, but he would only be a late round option in deeper leagues.
Posted 3/20/2021 12:13 am UTC
Free-agent RB Phillip Lindsay (Broncos) reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $3.25 million with the Houston Texans on Friday, March 19.
Huddle Up: Adding Lindsay is a solid depth move for Houston and probably one of the team's better signings so far in free agency, but it is a puzzling acquisition nonetheless. Lindsay will be the third Texan runner to make at least $3 million in 2021 and joins Mark Ingram as more of a straight-ahead early-down runner on an offense that figures to be trailing often next season. Fantasy owners should consider Lindsay a late-round pick at best in drafts this summer.
Posted 3/18/2021 6:56 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has been accused of sexual assault by a massage therapist via a civil lawsuit, it was reported Thursday, March 18. The incident allegedly took place in December 2020. It is the third civil assault case filed against Watson this week.
Huddle Up: So far no criminal charges have been filed, but the trending pattern here is becoming disturbing. It adds another layer to the already tenuous situation Watson has in Houston and is something to definitely keep an eye on as the offseason progresses.
Posted 3/16/2021 9:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor plans to sign a one-year contract with the Houston Texans worth as much as $12.5 million, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Texans quarterback situation is uncertain at this point, so there is a chance that Taylor is the starter in 2021. Fantasy players should monitor the situation because Taylor could be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts.
Posted 3/11/2021 9:05 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Mark Ingram (Ravens) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Houston Texans Thursday, March 11, worth as much as $3 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Ingram likely will share playing time with David Johnson next season and could see a majority of the carries. Fantasy players can monitor the situation during training camp, but Ingram probably would only be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy back.
Posted 3/11/2021 8:23 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson continues to seek a trade, but head coach David Culley said the team is committed to having Watson as their starting quarterback.
Huddle Up: The Texans continue to say they are not interested in trading Watson, but things could change around the NFL Draft. Watson will be one of the top quarterbacks no matter where he plays and will be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/04/2021 6:04 pm UTC
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay, a pending restricted free agent, is expected to be tendered by the team this offseason, according to a source. The question is whether the tender offer will be an original-round tender -- in Lindsay's case a no-round tender as he was an undrafted free agent -- or a second-round tender.
Huddle Up: Injury issues which cost Lindsay five games and portions of others in 2020 were the primary factor in seeing his total yards dip from 1,207 to 530 and his TDs fall from seven to one, but he is a smaller back with pass-catching and pass-protection limitations, reducing his free-agent value. It's easy to envision Lindsay re-signing with the Broncos after finding the market tepid --even if he receives a no-round tender -- and playing a RB 4/5 second fiddle to lead back Melvin Gordon in 2021.
Posted 3/02/2021 9:13 pm UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson restructured his deal Tuesday, March 2, and will receive $4.25 million guaranteed out of a maximum contract value of $6 million. His cash total is lower now, but Johnson's previous guaranteed money was $2.1 million.
Huddle Up: Johnson enters the final year of his contract and had been scheduled to carry the sixth-highest cap figure among running backs prior to the renegotiation. He will return for a second year in Houston with what will be a revamped line, although the outlook will be much different if QB Deshaun Watson gets his way with a trade request. Johnson will now be without backfield make Duke Johnson to steal catches, but Houston will likely add another back via the draft and/or free agency. The former Arizona Cardinal is a midrange RB2 or much better flex option, regardless of the scoring system.
Posted 2/27/2021 12:02 am UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson could return to the team next season if he is willing to restructure his contract, according to sources. Johnson is currently scheduled to count $8.512 million against the salary cap in 2021, and the team would save $6.9 million if they cut him at this point.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players can monitor the situation to see if the two sides can reach an agreement. He did post over 1,000 total yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games this past season and should see a majority of the work if he remains with the Texans. He can be considered at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.
Posted 2/26/2021 2:58 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is still 'off limits' as the Texans are informing interested teams. The Texans don't view free agency or the start of the NFL draft as a deadline for this situation.
Huddle Up: There is some concern that Watson could sit out if he's not traded. That will be a risk fantasy owners must weigh when selecting the top-five QB.
Posted 2/20/2021 4:47 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is a target of the Carolina Panthers, who are clearing salary cap space to attempt to trade for him, according to sources. The Panthers cleared $19.9 million this week by releasing four players.
Huddle Up: Watson should be a top-five target at the position in fantasy regardless of the jersey he wears next season.
Posted 2/17/2021 7:49 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 129 passes of at least 10 yards down the field this season with 26 of those passes being touchdowns. He ranked first in the NFL in both categories.
Huddle Up: Watson is seeking a trade out of Houston, but the Texans do not plan on moving him at this point. Fantasy players should monitor the situation during the offseason, but Watson will be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback no matter his team in 2021.
Posted 2/12/2021 2:17 am UTC
Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay said he was thrown off mentally last year by the signing of RB Melvin Gordon. 'This year I am going to take a different approach,' Lindsay said. 'I was in battle mode. Everything caught me off guard with my teammate Melvin coming in. You can burn yourself out like that.'
Huddle Up: Lindsay topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons, but the addition of Gordon and injuries limited him to 502 yards and one touchdown on the ground in 2020. Denver could chose to let Lindsay leave in free agency this offseason, but he will be handcuff to Gordon if he returns.
Posted 2/07/2021 5:26 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has asked for a trade, but the Texans continue to tell interested teams that he is not available in a trade, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Watson's relationship with the Texans is not good at this point, but the team is not looking to move him at this point. Teams likely will continue to inquire about Watson during the offseason but there is a chance he sits out if he is not traded. Fantasy players should monitor the situation because Watson is a No. 1 quarterback if he plays.
Posted 2/04/2021 5:58 am UTC
The Chicago Bears could struggle to put together an attractive package for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, in the opinion of Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who notes the team doesn't have a high first-round pick this year and is short on young, high-end talent with attractive contracts.
Huddle Up: Biggs paints a bleak picture for Chicago's prospects of going after Watson, noting they'd likely need to expend significant draft capital across multiple years, and even then they might lack the pieces to make a deal given that the Texans are unlikely to want high-priced talent like Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks, and a young player like Roquan Smith carries injury risk and is close to requiring a new deal.
Posted 1/31/2021 5:08 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson likely will be pursued by the New England Patriots if he is made available in a trade, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Watson has asked for a trade, but the Texans recently said they are not interested in moving him. The Patriots' quarterback situation is uncertain with Cam Newton a free agent, so the team should pursue Watson and several other quarterbacks. Watson would be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback if he joins the Patriots.
Posted 1/30/2021 8:04 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson could hold out the 2021 season if the team refuses to trade him, an unidentified AFC personnel executive said Saturday, Jan. 30.
Huddle Up: This is the dreaded lose-lose-lose scenario for all parties involved, including most certainly Watson's fantasy owners. It's not unheard of either -- see Bell, Le'Veon 2018 season -- so weigh the possibilities accordingly.
Posted 1/29/2021 5:50 am UTC
Houston Texans head coach David Culley is expected to appeal to QB Deshaun Watson to remain with the team once his staff is filled out, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, who writes that the team has 'no interest' in trading Watson.
Huddle Up: While much has been made of Watson's unhappiness this offseason, which in turn has the internet abuzz with potential suitors and trade proposals, it's important to take a step back and realize a lot can happen between now and April 29, which is the first night of the NFL Draft. There's no incentive for the Texans to do anything quickly with Watson, who is under contract until 2025 and, despite having a no-trade clause, ultimately has limited leverage unless he's willing to retire at age 25, so expect weeks, if not months, of speculation before the situation reaches a resolution.
Posted 1/28/2021 7:10 pm UTC
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson threw 95 touchdown passes in his first 50 career starts -- topping the respective totals of Aaron Rodgers (94), Peyton Manning (91), Tom Brady (78) and Drew Brees (68) in their first 50 starts.
Huddle Up: Watson has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback in each of the last three seasons, and don't expect a change of scenery -- if it happens -- to dampen his elite fantasy outlook.
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