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 Latest Texans Player Notes
Sep 1 2014 - Jeff Adams
  OT Jeff Adams was claimed on waivers from Tennessee after Will Yeatman was placed on injured reserve. Adams (6-7, 305) was drafted out of Columbia and spent time with Miami and Tennessee the last two seasons. He'll be given a chance to become the fourth tackle. If so, he'll have to be able to play both sides.

Sep 1 2014 - Damaris Johnson
  WR Damaris Johnson, who was claimed on waivers from Philadelphia, will be used inside. He also will be given a chance to return kickoffs and punts if Keshawn Martin doesn't handle those duties the way the coaches expect. Johnson, 5-8, 175, played in 27 games the last two seasons after going undrafted out of Tulsa. He totaled 21 receptions for 270 yards during the 2012-13 seasons while returning 38 punts for 391 yards and one touchdown and 17 kickoffs for 441 yards.

Sep 1 2014 - Andre Hal
  CB Andre Hal, a seventh-round pick from Vanderbilt, tied for the team lead with two preseason touchdowns. He tied running back Jonathan Grimes. Hal, who was excellent in man coverage, had interception returns for touchdowns of 64 and 77 yards. On both plays, he anticipated the throw, jumped the route, caught the ball and took off down the sideline. Going into camp, it looked like his best shot was the practice squad, but he made the roster because he earned the spot. The coaches also like him on special teams.

Sep 1 2014 - Danieal Manning
  S Danieal Manning, who left Chicago for the Texans as a free agent in 2011 and started for three seasons, has returned. Rather than accept a pay reduction in the offseason, he opted for free agency and signed with Cincinnati to be reunited with former Texans secondary coach Vance Joseph. But when the Bengals waived him, the Texans signed him. Manning, who can play either safety position, is like a coach on the field and in the locker room. If he can still run, he's also a good kickoff returner. That's a duty he didn't perform too often with the Texans because they wanted to protect him from injury.

Sep 1 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  SS D.J. Swearinger is an emotional player who's the most physical of the Texans' secondary. He's tough against the run but must improve in coverage. He's undersized and gets bulled over by large tight ends.

Sep 1 2014 - Kareem Jackson
  LCB Kareem Jackson is in the last year of his contract. He's a five-year starter and could have his best season considering how he has improved every year.

Sep 1 2014 - Johnathan Joseph
  RCB Jonathan Joseph's health is essential to what the team hopes to accomplish. He was limited in camp and preseason after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his toe in January. He's supposed to be healthy for the opener.

Sep 1 2014 - Whitney Mercilus
  OLB Whitney Mercilus, who had seven sacks last season on the weak side, plays behind Jadeveon Clowney. He'll be on the field in passing situations. He struggled with the new system until the last two preseason games when he made four big plays, including two sacks. If he does it in regular season, the pass rush could be outstanding.

Sep 1 2014 - Brooks Reed
  SOLB Brooks Reed starts for the fourth season, a contract year. He's solid against the run, drops when he's called on, but he needs to improve as a pass rusher.

Sep 1 2014 - Brian Cushing
  SILB Brian Cushing played two series in preseason, so he'll be rusty, but he's 100 percent after undergoing season-ending surgery in 2013.

Sep 1 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  WOLB Jadeveon Clowney, the first pick in the draft, was injured for much of preseason but is expected to play against Washington. When he's rushing, he has an incredible explosiveness off the ball and a tremendous closing burst to the quarterback. At times, he'll line up next to J.J. Watt and let the offense figure out who to double. If Clowney ever drops into coverage, he'll be lost.

Sep 1 2014 - Jeoffrey Pagan
  RDE Jeoffrey Pagan got a late start because of a shoulder injury but has come on strong against the run. He's the 315-pound end coaches like in a 3-4.

Sep 1 2014 - Jerrell Powe
  NT Jerrell Powe, a career backup, played well in preseason. He was physical at the point of attack and slowed the run.

Sep 1 2014 - Jared Crick
  RDE Jared Crick is starting for the first time. He's more suited for a 4-3 tackle, but he's improving as a 3-4 end. He's stout against the run.

Sep 1 2014 - J.J. Watt
  J.J. Watt might be the best defensive player in the NFL. Expect them to move him around in passing situations. He's tremendous against the run and draws double-team blocks on just about every snap.

Sep 1 2014 - Ryan Griffin
  The 6-6 Ryan Griffin has speed, soft hands and knows how to find the open spots. He can catch all over the field.

Sep 1 2014 - C.J. Fiedorowicz
  TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is a good blocker and a huge target with good hands. He's effective on the short routes. Watch for him on third down and in the red zone.

Sep 1 2014 - Garrett Graham
  TE Garrett Graham, who's a move tight end, started when they opened with two tight ends. They'll use two a lot under Bill O'Brien. Graham is a smart route-runner with good hands.

Sep 1 2014 - Jay Prosch
  FB Jay Prosch is a rookie lead blocker who played with a wrist injury and impressed his teammates by being physical and developing the kind of nasty streak the coaches love.

Sep 1 2014 - Ronnie Brown
  RB Ronnie Brown arrived in the middle of preseason and made the team as a crafty veteran who can provide insurance for the young guys in case something happens to Foster.

Sep 1 2014 - Alfred Blue
  Until the last preseason game, RB Alfred Blue had some good runs, especially inside the 10. The coaches like everything about the sixth-round pick, but he needs polish and experience.

Sep 1 2014 - Jonathan Grimes
  RB Jonathan Grimes was the leading rusher in preseason and a pleasant surprise. This is his third season, and he has good instincts and awareness. He's a decent receiver and willing blocker.

Sep 1 2014 - Arian Foster
  RB Arian Foster is ready, but he was held out of preseason and hasn't played since suffering a season-ending back injury in the eighth game last season. If he stays healthy, he's a three-down back capable of 1,400 yards, 15 touchdowns and 60 catches.

Sep 1 2014 - Will Yeatman
  T Will yeatman was placed on reserve/injured by the Texans Sunday (Aug. 31).

Sep 1 2014 - Ryan Mallett
  QB Ryan Mallett was traded by the Patriots to the Texans for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft.

Sep 1 2014 - Darryl Morris
  CB Darryl Morris was claimed on waivers by the Texans from the 49ers Sunday (Aug. 31).

Sep 1 2014 - Damaris Johnson
  WR Damaris Johnson was claimed on waivers by the Texans from the Eagles Sunday (Aug. 31).

Sep 1 2014 - Jeff Adams
  T Jeff Adams was claimed on waivers by the Texans from the Titans Sunday (Aug. 31).

Aug 29 2014 - A.J. Bouye
  CB A.J. Bouye, who made the team as an undrafted free agent last year and went on injured reserve in October, started every preseason game in place of the injured Johnathan Joseph. When Joseph returns, Bouye becomes the nickel back.

Aug 29 2014 - Jerrell Powe
  NT Jerrell Powe, a career backup, played well during the preseason. He clogged the middle for a defense that allowed 3.9 yards a carry and no rushing touchdowns.

Aug 29 2014 - Xavier Su'a-Filo
  G/T Xavier Su'a-Filo missed the OTAs because UCLA is on the quarter system. When he got to camp, the coaches asked him to learn tackle as well as guard. He's better suited for guard.

Aug 29 2014 - Ben Jones
  LG Ben Jones, a three-year veteran, is expected to start against the Redskins over Xavier Su'a-Filo, a second-round pick who was the 33rd overall selection. Jones started all four preseason games and has played well.

Aug 29 2014 - Garrett Graham
  TE Garrett Graham, who starts, didn't have a catch in the preseason because the coaches wanted to look at backups C.J. Fiedorowicz (five) and Ryan Griffin (six).

Aug 29 2014 - DeVier Posey
  WR DeVier Posey, a three-year veteran, took advantage of Andre Johnson missing the offseason program by getting a lot more repetitions. He ended up leading the team with 10 receptions in the preseason.

Aug 29 2014 - Andre Hal
  CB Andre Hal, a seventh-round draft choice from Vanderbilt, returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the preseason. The first was for 64 yards against Atlanta. The second was for 77 yards against San Francisco.

Aug 27 2014 - Paul Hazel
  LB Paul Hazel cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured Wednesday (Aug. 27) by the Texans.

Aug 27 2014 - David Quessenberry
  G David Quessenberry (lymphoma) was placed on reserve/non-football illness by the Texans Monday (Aug. 25).

Aug 27 2014 - Lonnie Ballentine
  S Lonnie Ballentine was placed on reserve/injured by the Texans Monday (Aug. 25).

Aug 25 2014 - Ryan Griffin
  TE Ryan Griffin, who led the team in preseason catches as a rookie last season and led the team over the last three games in the regular season, was third off the bench at his position. He had team highs of five catches for 71 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown.

Aug 25 2014 - Brandon Brooks
  RG Brandon Brooks, who started for the first time last season and was a dynamic run blocker, came off the non-football injury list last week and practiced hard in the altitude at Denver. He'd been sidelined with a back injury. He played almost the entire game against the Broncos and played well.

Aug 25 2014 - Whitney Mercilus
  OLB Whitney Mercilus started in place of the injured Jadeveon Clowney and played his best game, leading the team with six unassisted tackles and registering a sack. Mercilus said he'd been thinking too much and felt much more comfortable. As a rookie in 2012, he had 6.5 sacks as a reserve. As a first-time starter last season, he had seven.

Aug 25 2014 - Andre Johnson
  WR Andre Johnson made his preseason debut, playing in the first quarter against Denver. He caught three passes for 18 yards from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Aug 25 2014 - Arian Foster
  RB Arian Foster didn't play against Denver. That means he's missed eight consecutive preseason games - the last one in 2012, all four in 2013 and the first three this season. Coach Bill O'Brien didn't rule out that Foster might play Thursday against San Francisco, but don't count on it. They need him healthy for the regular season. Foster has looked good in five practices against Atlanta and Denver the last two weeks. "Any time you get a back in there with the talent of Arian Foster, that helps your whole offense," O'Brien said. "He'll be ready to play Thursday if we need him. That's still being evaluated."

Aug 25 2014 - Brian Cushing
  LB Brian Cushing played against Denver, his first appearance since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his knee and a fractured fibula in his lower leg against Kansas City last season. He played two series. "It was exciting to be back," Cushing said. "I feel good. I was glad to get some reps. The more reps I get, the better I'll be. I expect to make plays when I'm on the field. I felt good about making the calls. I had the mental part down." Cushing had one tackle for loss and a penalty for illegal hands to the face.

Aug 25 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  S D.J. Swearinger ended the season of Jets tight end Dustin Keller in 2013 by hitting him low and causing a season-ending knee injury. Swearinger said he didn't want to risk a penalty for hitting him too high. In the victory at Denver, Swearinger was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting receiver Wes Welker too high. Swearinger led with his shoulder but hit Welker in the head, causing a concussion. After quarterback Peyton Manning threw a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to finish the series, he ran up to Swearinger and got in the safety's face, drawing a taunting penalty. "Yeah, he was mad," Swearinger said about the Welker hit. "I wasn't shocked at all because he said something to me after I made the hit. It's all football, bro. I led with my shoulder. That's all I could do. He's a short guy." The penalty didn't hurt the Broncos because there were only five seconds left in the first half. Coach Bill O'Brien didn't seem too upset with Swearinger or the call against him. "I thought all the calls the guys made were fair calls," O'Brien said. "The way he plays the game, he's an emotional guy. He loves football, and that's what I love about him. Emotion is something I think every team needs. "From the day we arrived here, he was one of the first guys in the building, worked hard in our weight room, worked hard out on the practice field in OTAs and has worked extremely hard to get better in training camp."

Aug 21 2014 - Shane Lechler
  P Shane Lechler, who turned 38 this month, has punted six times in two games. He has a 49.7-yard gross and a 43.2 net. In the altitude of Denver, where he punted every season when he played for Oakland, no telling how much he'll boost those averages on Saturday night.

Aug 21 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  D.J. Swearinger, the second-year strong safety, spent a lot of time during practice this week banging on Denver receivers and then talking about it to them afterward. He's got to be careful about drawing taunting penalties in games. Swearinger is a ferocious hitter who's worked hard to improve in coverage.

Aug 21 2014 - Tyson Clabo
  T Tyson Clabo, who started on the right side in last week's victory over Atlanta, one of his former teams, has been practicing against another of his former teams, the Broncos. He signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver. The executive who signed him was Rick Smith, the Texans' general manager. Clabo is expected to be the swing tackle behind starters Duane Brown and Derek Newton.

Aug 21 2014 - DeAndre Hopkins
  WR DeAndre Hopkins had a spectacular week of practice against the Broncos. He made six outstanding catches, including three touchdowns with Broncos defensive backs draped all over him. Hopkins has strong hands and excellent leaping ability that begins with exceptional timing.

Aug 21 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  OLB Jadeveon Clowney was making a good impression on the Broncos before he left Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury. He walked off with no problem, spent the rest of practice on a trainer's table under a tent not getting treatment, then walked to the bus without a problem after practice. Still, Clowney wasn't at Thursday's practice. "He's doing fine," coach Bill O'Brien said. "We just held him out today. He'll be fine." Before he was injured, Clowney impressed the Broncos. "A couple of those moves (Clowney) makes are very impressive," Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. "He's so quick and so fast. "He's such a freak as far as his athletic ability. It's been good for us to go against him." Added defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, "(Clowney) comes in with a high pedigree, and just looking at the way he moves out here, he'll fit into that (greatness) category." Clowney is making the transition from defensive end in college to outside linebacker in a 3-4 in the NFL the same transition DeMarcus Ware made with the Dallas Cowboys. Ware is playing in his first season with the Broncos. "You can see his athleticism," Ware said. "He's still young, but he's a great player. Experience comes with years and maturing of the game and figuring out the speed of it."

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