Houston Texans

AFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    WAS @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2


  • Week 3

    HOU @ NYG


    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    BUF @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    HOU @ DAL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    IND @ HOU


    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    HOU @ PIT


    8:30 pm

  • Week 8

    HOU @ TEN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    PHI @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10


  • Week 11

    HOU @ CLE


    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    CIN @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    TEN @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    HOU @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    HOU @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    BAL @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    JAC @ HOU


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Houston Texans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview




“Your typical city involved in a typical daydream

Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings


Dallas, got a soft machine; Houston, too close to New Orleans

New York’s got the ways and means; but just won’t let you be, oh no.”




I don’t know if it is really too close to New Orleans, but I sure as hell know Houston is not anywhere close to winning the AFC South this year.  They finished dead last in that division and only scraped together 2 wins last year. Just because a team is not winning, doesn’t mean there is no fantasy value to be had. New head coach Bill O’Brien, yet another Belichick protégé, is looking to turn a new program around. In all honesty, this Houston challenge should be a piece of cake compared to the Penn State mess the guy walked into a few years ago. After turning the program around in 2012 from the unprecedented Sandusky scandal, O’Brien won Big Ten coach of the year. He was offered NFL jobs, but said at the time: “I am not a one-and-done guy”. The following year, he was done. Evidently, he is a two-and-done sort of fellow. So, now he sets his sights on the mess that is Houston. As far as his offensive impact, he tends towards pocket passing and the running game. I don’t see Ryan Fitzpatrick having the ability, nor the opportunity to be anything except a game manager. He is a smart QB that can go through his reads and will understand the O’Brien’s offense. Fitz has been in the league since 2005. His career touchdown to interception ratio is 106 to 98. Houston’s defense should be decent enough, and number 1 draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, looks as advertised. You have seen it before, but can you really tire of the mega-hit against Michigan?




Clowney is up to his old tricks and announced his presence in the Atlanta preseason game.




 He and J.J. Watt will be a formidable force and fun to watch. 





With a decent defense, and a guy like Foster running the ball, Fitzpatrick will simply need to feed guys here and there. He has some nice weapons on his receiving core. However, Fitzpatrick has never thrown for 4,000 yards, nor has he passed for 25 touchdowns in a season. When all is said and done, he should be smack in the middle of the 20’s for fantasy ranked quarterbacks.





Arian Foster is going to be a huge part of O’Brien’s offensive scheme. His physical break down, which Pyro called very early last year, was inevitable. In 2010, he carried the rock 327 times. In 2011, he had 278 carries.  In 2012, he racked up 351 totes. It seems obvious now, but if you remember, Pyro was one of the few sites shouting this from the roof tops last year. Yet, the douche canoe sites, who always prefer to play it safe, still ranked Foster in the top ten, if not the top five in 2013. So, his season was put on ice with a major back injury, he played 8 games, only turned in 542 yards on 121 attempts and 1 rushing TD. This is dwarfed by his 2012 numbers were he rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 TDs. But, that does not mean he has fallen off the proverbial running back cliff. This year, Foster should have a bounce back season, although he is not off to a reassuring start. He has yet to play in a preseason tilt as he is recovering from an early camp hamstring injury. Besides concussions, these are some of the trickiest injuries, you just never know how severe it is, or how much it actually hampers performance. On the plus side, Houston has the best strength of schedule for running backs in 2014. This year, it seems we have come full circle. Now, if healthy, he should be able to land inside the top 10 this year for fantasy running backs. Foster is something of a dying breed in the NFL landscape. He is a workhorse back, once a staple, it is now a rarity that a team leans on one back as much as Houston does. Even if his yards per carry continue to dwindle, he will have fantastic fantasy value just for sheer volume of work. Without looking at his first season in 2009 when he only had 54 attempts, his rushing average seems to be sliding. In 2010, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry; in 2011 it was 4.4; in 2012 it was 4.1; finally, last year’s shortened season saw him rush an average of 4.5 yards per attempt.  One thing to remember with Foster is his use in the passing game. In 2010, he hauled in 66 passes for 604 yards and 2 TDs. In 2011, he snagged 53 for 617 and 2 TDs again. The following year, he caught 40 passes for 217 and 2 TDs yet again. In his injured, half season of 2013, he collected 22 passes for 183 yards and 1 TD. Again, this was done in 8 games, so if you double that, then it is pretty consistent with the year before. Looking at his ADP in 12 team leagues, he might just be of value by the time your draft rolls around.  Looking back over the past month, Foster has fallen almost a full round. In mid-July, he was going as the 1st pick in the 2nd round. As of mid to late August, he is the 11th pick in the 2nd round. Look, outside the top one, maybe top two running back tiers, there is risk in one form or another. Pyro is liking Foster more and more. I have to say, if he is there in round 3, it would be hard to pass that up. If you want to hear more about Foster’s rising value, check out the latest podcast where the boys dissect our recent PPR draft, episode 28: show 141. 




If you are looking for a name to handcuff with Foster, get in line. I have heard Ronnie Brown’s name from other sites that I trust. Now that they cut Andre Brown, it is a murky depth chart. Jonathan Grimes has seen the most carries this preseason. In two games, Grimes has a 4.3 yards per carry. Alfred Blue is the only back to score a touchdown. He has averaged the most yards per carry with 4.7. Ronnie Brown has only played in one game. He looked incredibly ineffective, running the ball six times for 3 yards. The remainder of the preseason will be telling, but Pyro is backing Blue in this race. He can fill Foster’s shoes nicely as the dude is virtually a mini-Arian. He is a sleeper pick for Pyro. Personally, I think there is a good chance Foster does not play a full season. If indeed that is the case, Blue could have some nice value later this year. I would take the total production of Foster and Blue on my fantasy team, especially if together, they filled the role of my RB#2.


Moving to the passing game, Andre Johnson is a PPR machine. I am not talking about a half man, a half robot like Robocop.




Andre Johnson just racks up the receptions and yardage year in and year out. He has been playing since 2003 and has gone for at least 100 catches five different times. From 2007 to 2010, he crossed the end zone at least 8 times in every season. But, in the last few years, he seems to have lost some speed and does not score like he once did.  Yardage wise, he is reliable. He has had at least 1,000 yards seven different times in his career, and that does not count his rookie season where he missed that mark by 24 yards. He has put up at least 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. He will be 33 this year. Again, you are not drafting him for his scoring potential. Last year, his five TDs came in two consecutive weeks. If you have some boom or bust guys, he is a nice rock steady receiver that can even out your line up. He was given double digit targets in 10 games last year, and saw 9 targets in 2 other games. He went for over 100 yards 6 times in 2013 and that includes his monster 229 yard game. He finished the season as the 12th best WR in standard leagues. As I have stated before, touchdowns are highly unpredictable. When drafting, you want a guy whose fantasy value primarily comes from yardage. Out of the top 20 fantasy receivers last year, Andre Johnson had the highest percentage of fantasy value tied to his receiving yardage; 82.4% of his fantasy points came from his yardage. Marvin Jones, on the other hand was lowest out of that same group. Only 51.7% of his total fantasy value came from his yards. What would you rather bet on: Marvin Jones scoring another 10 touchdowns this year or Andre Johnson going for at least 1,100 yards? By the way, Johnson has done this 7 times in his career. 





If you are hip to the “Touchdown Dependency” philosophy, it is just one of 19 tabs on the Pyro draft kit. That one table alone has complete data for the top 40 QBs, the top 70 running backs, the top 100 wide receivers, and the top 40 tight ends.


Another receiver drawing the fantasy eye is DeAndre Hopkins. He is entering his second year in the NFL. Pyro likes him as a sleeper pick. Personally, I think he is a year away. Curiously, everyone is talking about fellow second year man, Cordarrelle Patterson from the Vikings. Look, I would rather have Patterson. But the gap between these two players is not as wide as 5 whole fantasy round.  Patterson has less of a talent in front of him. Cordarrelle is on the field with Greg Jennings and DeAndre is playing with Andre Johnson. Plus, Patterson is more versatile, and the Vikings offense will put up far more points than Houston. If you were to just look at the receiving numbers from last year, they favor Hopkins. Patterson was targeted 77 times, caught 45 balls for 469 yards receiving. Hopkins was targeted 91 times and caught 52 balls for 802 yards. Going beyond their box scores is where the difference is really noticeable. Patterson has the advantage in overall scoring and multi-dimensional usage. Patterson had 4 receiving touchdowns whereas Hopkins crossed the goal line twice. Patterson also gets some play in the running game. He managed 12 rushing attempts for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns. Patterson also had 2 touchdowns in the return game. This is where you need to know your league. Is it a full point ppr? Do you get individual return yardage and touchdowns or does that fall under special teams? Depending on your response, their value can swing either way. You would think this would be essential knowledge, but if your tiers do not reflect the rules of your league, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Find out your rules, then, take a listen to the podcast episode 22: show 135.





Look, Patterson is going in the 4th round in 12 team leagues as of mid to late-August, whereas Hopkins is going in round 9. Patterson, though overvalued, is going to pop this year. While I like Hopkins, I do not think the conservative Bill O’Brien offense is going to allow Hopkins to flourish, at least not in 2014. Not only that, if you look around the 9th and 10th rounds for wide receivers, there are some nice rookies that I like better : Kelvin Benjamin, Mike Evans, and Jordan Matthews are all going about the same spot as Hopkins. The bottom line is Hopkins is a poor man’s Patterson, but Andre Johnson still has too much value, and the system he is currently in, just will not have enough juice to fill both glasses. I would take Hopkins in a dynasty draft, otherwise, he is on my breakout list for 2015.


Finally, looking at the tight end position, the Texans are starting Garrett Graham. In his 4th season in 2013, Graham scored 6.35 fantasy points per game. Pyro likes him as a deep sleeper. Dawg and Stagg Party are highest on Graham. As of the 2014 draft kit, version #4, both Dawg and Staggs have Graham tiered with guys such as Eric Ebron and Antonio Gates.  Personally, I don’t think the Houston offense has enough fire power to make a huge impact outside their running back and top receiver. There is certainly not enough goo to spill over into the tight end position.



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The Texan standard at wide receiver

andre johnson silences his critics

Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver to ever don a Houston Texans uniform, and is one of the all time greats at the position. Johnson is a physically imposing 6’2” and 220 pounds but also possesses sprinter speed. Johnson played on the vaunted Miami Hurricane teams of the early 2000’s that probably had more NFL talent than some NFL squads. Johnson and Ken Dorsey proved to be an effective combo in college as Johnson would catch 89 passes for 1,777 yards and 19 scores in two seasons together. The Pair would also be named Co-MVP’s of the 2002 Rose Bowl game as Johnson caught seven passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

While dominating on the football field at Miami, Johnson was also an accomplished sprinter winning the 60 and 100-meter dash for the Big East. Johnson ran his 100 in 10.59 seconds, a very impressive time for someone of his size. At the combine he would run a 4.4 forty and scouts would be drooling to get their hands on a guy that averaged 21 yards a catch his final season. Johnson would end up being drafted third overall after Carson Palmer and Charles Rodgers by the Houston Texans.

Johnson would go on to establish himself as one of the elite pass catchers in the NFL even without ever playing with an elite quarterback in his career. Johnson would go on to set just about every Texans receiving record in his career and establish himself as a top fantasy asset during his time in Houston. Johnson has started every game of his NFL career when healthy, constantly performing at a high level. Johnson is currently second in NFL history in yards per game at 80.4 trailing only Calvin Johnson. Another of Johnson’s accolades is that he is the first receiver in NFL history to catch 60 or more passes in each of his first eight seasons.

Johnson is currently the Texans all time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and most starts. He is also the leader in single season receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Andre is currently 17th on the all time receiving yardage list but with a few more productive seasons could find himself behind only Jerry Rice as one of the greatest to ever play the game.



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Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young

mario williams take #1 overall in 2006 NFL draft

The 2006 NFL draft was one of the best in recent memory and had a number of story lines starting with what the Houston Texans would do with the number one overall pick on draft day. It was believed to be a three way race through the evaluation period between the favorite, Reggie Bush, the hometown hero, Vince Young, and the uber athletic Mario Williams. Each had a unique story coming into the draft, Reggie Bush had just won the Heisman Trophy over teammate Matt Lienart and Texas quarterback Vince Young who had just beaten USC in the National Championship game with his play. Vince Young had just completed one of the greatest college seasons ever and was a Texas hero after leading the Longhorns to a National Championship. Mario Williams was an athletic freak at 6’7” 290 pounds and ran a 4.7 forty-yard dash at the combine.

The 2005 incarnation of the Houston Texans finished 2-14, which was the worst record in franchise history, so they had holes all over the field. The team would also have newly hired Gary Kubiak in charge for the 2006 season so no change would be a surprise. Many draft analysts pegged the Texans to select Reggie Bush as the franchise’s leading rusher Domanick Davis suffered a knee injury in the 2005 season and was expected to miss some time. The team also was not sold on David Carr as he had been one of the most abused quarterbacks in the league and had a .291 career winning percentage. The Texans would spurn all analysts and select Mario Williams first overall, signing him to a contract the night before the draft. Reggie Bush would be selected second overall by the New Orleans Saints and Vince Young would be selected third overall by the Tennessee Titans.

The 2006 was an absolutely loaded draft as 18 of the 32 players selected in the first round would go on to make at least one Pro Bowl.  Mario Williams, Vince Young, and Reggie Bush would all make at least one Pro Bowl in their careers. Mario Williams would leave the Texans after the expiration of his six-year rookie contract for the Buffalo Bills. Upon leaving Williams was the franchise leader in sacks with 53 and forced fumbles with 11. Selecting Williams was one of the most talked about decisions of the 2006 NFL Draft but the case can be made that it paid off.

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To Start

According to Jason La Canfora via his twitter, "Bill O'Brien is delaying an official announcement as long as possible but every expectation Case Keenum starts vs. Ravens on Sunday"

Pyro's take: This is not surprising as Keenum is a former quarterback of the Texans and was released over the summer. He will start the final two games and can be a desperation ploy for your quarterback needs, if nobody is available.

12/18/14, 11:02 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Making a Case for Case

The Houston Texans grabbed Case Keenum off the Rams practice squad today. It was an obvious choice, as Fitzpatrick went down on Sunday with a broken leg, and rookie 6th round draft choice Tom Savage was also injured. Keenum knows the offense since he was on the team last season, and makes a more logical choice than Thad Lewis. Lewis was signed when Ryan Mallett went down for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Pyro's take: Keenum was involved in eight games last season for the Texans,and finished with nine touchdowns, 1,760 yards, six interceptions and a 78.2 rating. No quarterback in Houston is worth owning in your fantasy leagues at this time of year.

12/15/14, 12:46 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: blog.chron.com

Sets Franchise Record

Fitzpatrick was back in the starting saddle after Ryan Mallett was injured and out for the season last week. Fitz threw for a career-high and franchise record six touchdown passes in the Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans. He finished 24 of 33 with 358 yards, the six touchdowns came with zero interceptions.

Pyro's take: Fitzpatrick has a way of cutting up bad teams, and that was shown on Sunday. This up coming game he has the Jaguars and then the Colts, Ravens and Jags in week 17. Fitz could easily be a valid in two-quarterback leagues or for streaming purposes.

12/01/14, 06:41 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: scores.espn.go.com

Back in the Saddle

Due to the torn pectoral muscle of Ryan Mallett it appears that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back in the saddle for the Houston Texans. According to John McClain Texans beat writer "If the MRI shows a tear in Mallett's pectoral muscle, he could miss several games. The bottom line is that Ryan Fitzpatrick is likely back."

Pyro's take: There is little doubt that Fitzpatrick is going to be the starter, as the Texans are still in the playoff hunt, but if eliminated, look for their rookie draft choice Tom Savage.

11/24/14, 04:34 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Torn Pectoral

Ryan Mallet has a torn Pectoral muscle, and the injury will put him out for the season. According to Houston Texans beat reporter John McClain "Just left Texans dressing room and I'm told Mallett is out for rest of season."

Pyro's take: His audition is over, and will be a free-agent coming this summer. I dont see the Texans turning to rookie prospect Tom Savage until they are officially out of the playoffs. Which leaves Ryan Fitzpatrick as most likely starter.

11/24/14, 01:06 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Groin Day-to-Day

Drew Dougherty has reported that Arian Foster "O'Brien: Arian Foster (groin injury) is "day-to-day"

Pyro's take: Arian Foster at this time looks like a no-go this Sunday. If you have Alfred Blue make sure you get him ready.

11/20/14, 12:04 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Practices but Out?

Tania Ganguli ESPN writer for the Houston Texans, has stated via twitter "O'Brien says Arian Foster practiced a little bit today. Says that'll be a gameday decision."

Pyro's take: Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Foster will be out against Cleveland, giving Alfred Blue the start. "Right now it does not look promising," Adam Schefter said of Foster's potential availability. "Signs not encouraging." Schefter expects a "heavy dose" of Alfred Blue against the Browns.

This is confusing as it gets, but I gotta trust what reports are saying, and that he is out, and this really is not a game time decision. But in safety make sure he is out for certain.

11/14/14, 02:41 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Blue Starting?

Alfred Blue will most likely start due to Arian Foster probably not playing. Dale Robertson, head writer for the Houston Chronicle mentioned via twitter "It is doubtful that Arian Foster will play although he will be listed as questionable."

Pyro's take: Blue has generally underwhelmed as a rookie, looking more like Shonn Greene, than Arian Foster. Alfred Blue will get the full-time load, and against a bad Cleveland Browns defense, makes him a flex option or bye-week replacement.

11/14/14, 02:24 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Game Time

It appears that Arian Foster will be a game time decision according to Texans tv host Drew Daugherty "O'Brien: Arian Foster is definitely a game-time decision, and we'll work him out before the game."

Pyro's take: Keep a hold on to Foster and make sure he plays before officially putting him in your lineup, if he cannot go, expect Alfred Blue to step up in his place.

11/13/14, 04:22 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Won't Miss Time?

Arian Foster looks as though he won't miss anytime. The Texans have their bye-week and Ian Rapoport stated that "unlikely to miss any time with the groin injury he suffered Sunday against the Eagles because of the team's extended break, per a source informed of his injury." Also, Foster "bypassed additional medical testing and simply needs rest above anything else. The Texans don't play the Browns for another 13 days, which should help Foster get back on the field."

Pyro's take: This would save the Texans a huge misfortune if Foster can go in two weeks. Alfred Blue looks to be a good candidate as a rookie, but he is untested, and with the balance of playoffs up for grabs, Houston does not want to rely on a rookie to get the job done.

11/05/14, 06:36 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Now Starting

Ryan Mallet will now be starting for the Houston Texans according to head coach Bill O'Brien. “This might be the thing that helps our team,” O’Brien said at NRG Stadium. “I might be wrong.”

Pyro's take: With Houston floating in the grey area on making the playoffs at 4-5, this is a risky move, and honestly, I dont know what Mallet can bring to the table that Fitzpartrick hasn't, or doesn't.

Keep your eye out as this may be something or nothing.

11/05/14, 11:35 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: blog.chron.com

Arian Brotherhood

Arian Foster and the Houston Texans had a great game, as the offense line blocked well for him, and Foster used that for his big run-day. It was a combination of Andre Johnson, JJ Watt, and Arian Foster that helped the Texans escape a 23-0 first quarter deficit and lose by less than seven points.

Pyro's take: On the game Foster carried the ball for 20 times for 109 yards and scored twice, and caught 3 passes for 32 yards, and danced his way through large gaping holes for him to cut-through and eventually make it into the end zone. Even though Alfred Blue got some carries, it wasn't enough, but to give Foster some breathing treatments.

Foster should continue to be a high number two. or even a low number one.

10/10/14, 12:43 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cbssports.com

Old but Still GIant

Andre Johnson just needed a little Colts in his life to up his playing skills. As usual he torched the Colts. He caught 7 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown. The first score for him this season. The bad news is that he fumbled away the game, on the second-to-last drive of the game.

Pyro's take: Andre Johnson is clearly a PPR reciever only. He has never caught 10 touchdowns in a season, but has caught many 100+ receptions. He is practically useless in standard leagues because of this. Keep him locked in as a flex or third receiver in your PPR leagues.

10/10/14, 12:37 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cbssports.com

Ankle Problems

Due to it being a Thursday game, Andre Johnson may not be able to play because of his ankle injury and time to rest it. He has not participated in any of the team's walk-through, as Houston did not practice.

Pyro's take: Andre Johnson has struggled thus far, as his receptions are low and he has not caught a touchdown through the first five weeks. For instance, this time last season he had 10 more receptions and 77 more yards. He was also targeted 14 more times.

Even though Johnson's ankle may very well be a culprit to his declining stats, it is also maybe his age. Sometimes players get banged up so bad, that there is no fixing the dent in the fender. Even if he does play, he has a tough match-up against the Colts defensive backs, and should only get the start, if your looking at him as a bye-week filler.

10/08/14, 02:55 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.csnhouston.com


Arian Foster's hamstring is still being an issue for him. “As soon as I feel 100 percent, I’ll be out there,” said Foster, who sat out the 30-17 loss to the Giants after having back-to-back 100-plus-yard games to open the season. “It’s my hamstring’s call.” Foster carried a combined 55 times for 241 yards in victories over Washington and Oakland.

Pyro's take: If Arian Foster cannot go, Alfred Blue will be the starter once again. Blue had a nice day against the Giants, but the Bills defense is much better.

09/23/14, 12:50 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: blog.chron.com

Grimes number 2

According to R.J. White via CBSSports.com, Johnathan Grimes is primed to be the number two behind Arian Foster. Grimes finished the preseason with 42 yards on nine carries and catching three passes for 25 yards. Displaying the skills to be a three-down back just like Foster. "He broke off a 22-yard run in the second quarter that was Foster-esque for his balance and cutback ability."

Alfred Blue was also competing against Grimes, but came up just short, as the Texans released their depth chart showing Grimes as the winner.

Pyro's take: Arian Foster in his five seasons has played in only played in 59 games. This leaves plenty of opportunity for Grimes to be on your fantasy radar, and is the man you want if you own Foster.

09/01/14, 03:26 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: fantasynews.cbssports.com

Mallet traded to Texans

The New England Patriots traded Ryan Mallet (6-foot-6, and weighs 240-pounds, Mallett, 26, was the No. 74 overall pick of the 2011 draft) to the Texans in exchange for a 2016 conditional seventh-round pick in return. The pick could change to a sixth-round selection if Mallett receives a certain number of snap counts. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter there, so unless an injury occurs that scenario is unlikely.

Case Keenum was released after the acquisition. Mallet was taken in the third-round of the 2011 draft by the Patriots.

Jimmy Garoppolo, who the Patriots drafted this year (second round, No. 62 overall) and was successful this preseason made Mallett expendable.

Pyro's take: Ryan Mallet will get a better opportunity as a Texan. He was just not going to see anytime backing-up the ageless Tom Brady. The trade clears room for the Patriots, and give Garoppolo time to develop, while allowing Mallet to battle for the number two spot behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will probably be only a one year fix for the Texans, and next year Mallet can challenge Tom Savage for a starting role.

Mallet should only be considered for keeper or dynasty leagues, but could make a nice free-agency selection if something should happen to Fitzpatrick.

08/31/14, 03:17 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: blog.chron.com

Blue moon on the rise

With the release of Andre Brown, Andre Blue stock is on the rise. The Texans dont have much depth in the back-field, as Arian Foster is the primary, while Blue and Johnathan Grimes will be back-ups. Houston also has worked out journeymen Brian Leonard, Ronnie Brown, and William Powell. Look for the Texans to address the depth issue quickly.

Pyro's take: Alfred Blue is a rookie out of LSU, who was drafted by the Texans in the sixth round. Despite making just seven collegiate starts, he finished his LSU career with 209-1,253-11 (6.0) rushing and 16-105-0 (6.6) receiving. He is a beast standing 6'2 and weighing 223 pounds. Nice vision, instincts and patience. Will run over defenders, and seems to have nice hands out of the backfield. Would have been drafted higher if he had not shown the propensity of getting injured.

In week one against the Cardinals, he rushed for 30 yards on five carries, and caught 2 passes for 14 yards.

Update: Texans sign Ronnie Brown and William Powell. Brown has rushed for 5,328 yards and 38 touchdowns. Powell spent the 2011-12 season in Arizona as a reserve.

08/11/14, 07:40 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Strained hammy

Arian Foster was on the sidelines during yesterday's practice dealing with a strained hamstring. "He’s doing OK," coach Bill O’Brien said. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume - (but) guess you can’t assume anything - he’d be back pretty soon."

Arian Foster is a three-down back, that is capable of being the top running back in football. In 2010 he had over 2,000 combined yards, and had rushed for over 1,200 in three straight years, prior to last season's injury. Also, in 2010 he averaged over 100 yards rushing per game, and scored 15 touchdowns. In his 59 games played he has 5,063 yards rushing with 45 touchdowns. His reception total is worldly as well, as he has 189 receptions for 1,714 yards and seven touchdowns.

Pyro's take: Arian Foster has been promised a full-time back role in this offense, but he obviously needs to stay healthy. This will be a make or break year for him, at this point keep him where you have him in your rankings and tiers, as he should be a low #1, or high number #2 back for your fantasy squad.

08/02/14, 04:17 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.fftoday.com

Johnson in camp with the Texans

The normally soft-spoken Andre Johnson wanted to be heard and the Texans listened.

“I just think when you’ve been through so much with an organization, and I’ve been here going on 12 years now, there has been a lot of things that have happened,” Johnson said on Friday from NRG Stadium. “I’ve never really just voiced opinion on it, but I think at times there comes a time where when you don’t agree with something things that need to be said. That is pretty much what it was.”

Johnson reported for the start of training camp on Friday after missing OTAs and minicamp this offseason.

(After his first day at camp Johnson had this to say)

“So far, the first day install I picked up pretty well," Johnson said. "I went out there and wasn’t really thinking a lot. I got with Fitz (Ryan Fitzgerald) after everything last night and me and him went over some stuff. Everybody has been very helpful with me picking up everything. It’s just fun to be back out here and be with my teammates and getting back to football.”

Despite all the rumors circulating around a possible holdout, the two-time All-Pro did not consider sitting out for the year and said the underlying issue was never about the Texans draft strategy or their quarterback situation as many speculated.

Pyro's take: Andre just wanted to make sure his voice was heard this off-season, and it has been. Now he needs to focus on becoming a major part of Bill O'Brien's offense.

Johnson is still the best receiver on the Texans, and at 33 years old has yet to show signs of slowing down. He should quickly become the favorite target of Ryan Fitzpatrick, and once again see a lot of targets in 2014.

07/26/14, 04:50 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.houstontexans.com


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