NFL Draft 2015: Houston Texans Team Needs

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The Texans had a solid comeback season in 2014 with new head coach Bill O’Brien, and in 2015 they will look to keep moving forward as they look to add to their roster on NFL Draft weekend. Check the new favorite teams to bet on NFL after free-agency moves at Mybookie.ag.

It’s going to be a busy weekend for the Texans, who have ten picks in front of them when they get to NFL Draft night, which will take place April 30th to May 2nd, and this year will take place in Chicago, moving away from New York where the draft has been held it seems like forever.

Here’s a complete list of the 10 picks for the Texans: Round 1 (16), Round 2 (51), Round 3 (82), Round 4 (116), Round 5 (152), Round 5 (175), Round 6 (195), Round 6 (211), Round 6 (216), Round 7 (235).

The Texans do have needs as they get set for the 2015 NFL Draft, and this team can make things interesting by using some of those 10 picks as trade bait.

Here’s four areas of need for the Texans as they continue to prepare for the draft.

1. Wide Receiver - With Andre Johnson gone and playing for their biggest rival in Indianapolis, the team needs to find a viable player who can catch the ball in key situations. DeAndre Hopkins will enter camp as the teams #1 wide out, but the team has a ways to go in order to have an above average wide out unit.

2. Linebacker – Brian Cushing is starting to decline, and the team will look to address his eventual replacement as well as add to their linebacking core early on. With 10 picks (provided they keep them all), it’s not a stretch to think this team will look to draft a linebacker in the first two rounds.

3. Cornerback – CB Johnathan Joseph’s deal is up after this season, and the team will likely have a tough contract time keeping him around as other teams will look to give him a big deal to jump ship. The team needs more depth at corner, and while most of their picks overall will be on the offensive side of the ball, the team needs to find a decent corner to eventually replace Joseph and and will look to that somewhere in the mid-to-late rounds.

4. Quarterback – Seems like a no-brainer that the Texans will look at the quarterback spot early in the draft. The club last season used Ryan Fitzpatrick for most of the year, but he was sent packing to the Jets. The team would have to make a huge deal to get a player like Marcus Mariotta, and that probably won’t happen. They will have options like Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty.

Texans OLB Clowney ‘Confident’ Knee is Healing

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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is making terrific progress in his recovery from microfracture surgery on his right knee almost four months ago, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Clowney, the first overall pick in last year’s draft, expressed confidence that he’ll be able to return but didn’t put a timetable on it.

Last week, coach Bill O’Brien praised Clowney’s progress in his daily rehabilitation at NGR Stadium and said the Texans are hoping he can be on the field sometime during training camp that begins the last week of July.

“I’m not going to speak on that, but I’m making progress, and I’m very encouraged,” Clowney said during an appearance at the Puma store in the Galleria. “I’m working hard, but we’re not going to rush it.”

Speaking publicly for the first time since undergoing surgery on Dec. 8, Clowney said, “Rehab is tough, tougher than playing. You have to get there (NRG Stadium) earlier than everybody and leave later than everybody.”

The Texans are satisfied with Clowney’s progress and speak positively about his return next season. Still, microfracture surgery calls for a nine- to 10-month recovery period.

Clowney said he works four to five hours a day. He couldn’t put weight on his right knee for “six to seven weeks” after undergoing surgery.

“Man, I thought that was going to be real tough, but I had my family around a lot,” Clowney said about not being able to put weight on his knee. “When they finally told me I could walk, I just took off.

“I’m progressing well. I’m moving forward in my rehab. Things are starting to come together just like I hoped they would.”

Texans Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with 25-13 Victory Over Ravens

The Texans playoff hopes are not dead yet, as they kept those dreams alive with a huge 25-13 win over the Ravens at home on Sunday.

Arian Foster threw for a touchdown, Randy Bullock made a franchise-record six field goals and Houston’s defense dominated in a 25-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

With three quarterbacks hurt, the Texans started Case Keenum, who got his first win in nine NFL starts.

The Ravens (9-6) now need some help next week to get into the postseason after Joe Flacco threw a season-high three interceptions and the offense struggled all day.

Houston (8-7) remains in the hunt but needs several teams to lose next week.

Foster ran for 96 yards. But his highlight came when he took a pitch from Keenum and, with a defender in his face, threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz to make it 16-0 in the second quarter.

Keenum lost each of his eight starts last season before being released by the Texans in training camp. They signed the former record-setting University of Houston star off the St. Louis practice squad Monday after both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage were injured last Sunday with Ryan Mallett already out for the season.

Keenum threw for 185 yards with an interception.

Flacco had thrown just one interception in his last five games before Sunday’s struggles in an offense led by former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who was fired last year in his eighth season in Houston. Flacco was 21 of 50 for 195 yards with two touchdowns in the second half.

J.J. Watt, who had eight tackles and a sack, was hit in the nose midway through the fourth quarter and had blood running down his face into his mouth for a few plays before trainers tended to the injury. He has 17 1/2 sacks this season and a franchise-record 54 in his career.

Flacco connected with Torrey Smith for his second score on a 20-yard touchdown pass with six minutes left. But Watt took Flacco down in the backfield on the 2-point try to leave Baltimore behind 25-13.

Houston’s defense stifled the Ravens in the first half, allowing just 31 yards to set a franchise best for a half. The previous low was 41 yards gained by San Diego in the second half in 2007.

Flacco’s second interception gave Houston the ball inside the 20 in the second quarter. Foster’s TD throw came next.

It was the first touchdown pass by a running back in the NFL this season and the first time a Texans player other than a quarterback had thrown for a score since Jabar Gaffney and James Allen both did it in Houston’s inaugural season in 2002.

Andre Johnson had six receptions for 65 yards to make him the 10th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions (1,002).

Ravens vs Texans NFL Week 16 Capsule

RAVENS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 6-1
STREAKS 6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 5-1 O’Brien: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 20-12 vs. Jaguars L 17-10 at Colts
LAST GAME 9/22/13: Texans 9 at Ravens 30. Baltimore WR Torrey Smith has 5 catches for 92 yards. Ravens WR-PR Tandon Doss has 82-yard PR-TD & LB Daryl Smith records 37-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/21/12: Texans 43, Ravens 13. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 98 yards & 2 TDs. Texans TE Owen Daniels catches 7 passes for 59 yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein, Brad Johnson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Bal.), 137 (Hou.). XM: 231 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 301-469-3479-23-9-94.8 Lewis (Buf. 2013): 93-157-1092-4-3-81.0 OR

Keenum (2013): 137-253-1760-9-6-78.2

RUSHING Forsett: 208-1128 (2C)-5.4-8 (T2C) Foster: 230-1127 (3C)-4.9-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING
  1. Smith: 66-926-14.0-6
Hopkins: 69-1167-16.9-6
OFFENSE 372.0 345.9
TAKE/GIVE +2 +12 (1C)
DEFENSE 344.2 366.2
SACKS Dumervil: 17 (T1L) Watt: 16.5 (3L)
INTs Mosley: 2 Rolle: 3
PUNTING Koch: 46.9 Lechler: 46.5
KICKING Tucker: 120 (39/39 PAT; 27/32 FG) Bullock: 108 (36/36 PAT; 24/29 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO passed for 221 yards with TD vs. 0 INTS for 99.4 rating last week & became 1st player in club history to reach 25,000 career pass yards (25,024). In past 5, has completed 98 of 145 (67.6 pct.) for 1,127 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 104 rating. Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Ravens are 38-5 (.884) when Flacco posts 100+ rating (incl. playoffs)…RB JUSTIN FORSETT leads NFL RBs with 5.4 rush avg. (208 att., 1,128 yards). Spent 2012 season with Texans, rushing for 374 yards on 63 att. (5.9 avg.) & TD. In past 5, has 519 rush yards & 5 TDs…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. had 37 receiving yards last week & now has 13,123 career, surpassing HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 15 all-time. In 3 career meetings (with Car.), has 18 catches for 323 yards (107.7 per game) & 5 TDs. WR TORREY SMITH has 8 TDs in past 11. Needs 2 TD catches to join MICHAEL JACKSON (14 in 1996) as only Ravens with 10+ TD rec. in season…LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads NFL rookies with 117 tackles, 2nd-most in AFC. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 10.5 sacks in past 9, incl. 2.5 last week…TEXANS: QB CASE KEENUM started 8 games for Hou. in 2013, passing for 1,760 yards with 9 TDs vs. 6 INTs. QB THAD LEWIS has made 6 career starts, passing for 1,296 yards & 5 TDs…RB ARIAN FOSTER is averaging 102.5 rush yards per game in 2014, 2nd in NFL (DE MARCO MURRAY). Has 11 TDs in past 8 (7 rush, 4 rec.). Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,933) & rush TDs (50)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (996 rec.) needs 5 catches to surpass HINES WARD (1,000) for No. 9 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in history (min. 100 games). In past 8, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 44 rec. for 801 yards (18.2 avg.) & 3 TDs…DE J.J. WATT is 1st player with 3 off. TDs (3 rec.) & 2 TDs on takeaways (INT, FR) in season since BILL GOLDING in 1948. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads NFL with 53 sacks, incl. 2 last week. S KENDRICK LEWIS had 27-yard INT-TD vs. Colts.

Ravens vs Texans Wednesday Injury Report

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Chris Canty (ankle), S Will Hill (not injury related), WR Jacoby Jones (illness), G Kelechi Osemele (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Anthony Levine (ankle), RB Bernard Pierce (back)
HOUSTON TEXANS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Brian Cushing (ankle), RB Arian Foster (hip), TE Garrett Graham (ankle), WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle), LB Mike Mohamed (concussion), QB Tom Savage (knee), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (back), DE J.J. Watt (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Tyson Clabo (foot), LB Akeem Dent (neck), CB Kareem Jackson (knee), WR Andre Johnson (concussion), LB Whitney Mercilus (back), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee

Texans at Colts NFL Week 15 Inactives

Texans: TE Garrett Graham, OLB Mercilus, G Xavier Su’a-Filo, WR Andre Johnson, QB Thad Lewis, CB Andre Hal, S Josh Aubrey

Colts: CB Jalil Brown, LB Hunoc Muamba, OL AQ Shipley, OT Andrew McDonald, OL Hugh Thornton, OL Joe Reitz, DL Montori Hughes

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Texans vs Colts

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

Texans at Colts NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

HOUSTON TEXANS (7-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-4)

SERIES

TEXANS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 21-4
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. O’Brien: 0-1 Pagano: 4-1
LAST WEEK W 27-13 at Jaguars W 25-24 at Browns
LAST GAME 10/9/14: Colts 33 at Texans 28. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck throws for 370 yards & 3 TDs. Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has 9 catches for career-high 223 yards (24.8 avg.) & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/15/13: Colts 25, Texans 3. Indianapolis CB Darius Butler has 2 INTs & DE Cory Redding records safety. Colts RB Trent Richardson totals 102 scrimmage yards & catches TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 137 (Hou.), 113 (Ind.). XM: 230 (Ind.).

STATS

PASSING Fitzpatrick: 194-306-2453-17-8-95.9 Luck: 337-544-4305 (1L)-36 (T1L)-13-98.8
RUSHING Foster: 204-1028 (3C)-5.0-8 (T2C) Richardson: 142-475-3.3-3
RECEIVING Hopkins: 64-1090-17.0-6 Hilton: 78-1295 (3L)-16.6-7
OFFENSE 350.2 432.4 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +12 (1C) -4
DEFENSE 373.0 355.8
SACKS Watt: 14.5 (3L) Walden: 6
INTs Rolle: 3 Adams: 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Lechler: 46.9 McAfee: 47.3 (2C)
KICKING Bullock: 104 (35/35 PAT; 23/28 FG) Vinatieri: 125 (T2L) (44/44 PAT; 27/27 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: In past 6, QB RYAN FITZPATRICK has 1,397 pass yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.0 rating. Completed 15 of 23 (65.2 pct.) for 212 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.3 rating in last meeting…Last week, RB ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 127 yards & TD & now has 32 career 100-yard games, surpassing PRIEST HOLMES (31) for most ever by undrafted player. Has 11 TDs in past 7 (7 rush, 4 rec.) & aims for 8th in row with TD. Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,834) & rush TDs (50)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (996 rec.) needs 5 catches to surpass HINES WARD (1,000) for No. 9 all-time. Has 13,398 career rec. yards, eclipsing TORRY HOLT (13,382) for No. 12 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in history (min. 100 games). In past 7, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 39 rec. for 724 yards (18.6 avg.) & 3 TDs…DE J.J. WATT is 1st player with 3 off. TDs (3 rec.) & 2 TDs on takeaways (INT, FR) in season since BILL GOLDING in 1948. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads league with 51 sacks, incl. 3 last week vs. Jax…COLTS: Since entering NFL in 2012, QB ANDREW LUCK has 12,501 pass yards, eclipsing PEYTON MANNING (12,287) for most of any SB-era QB in 1st 3 seasons. Has 4-1 career record vs. Hou., passing for 1,198 yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 93.2 rating…RB TRENT RICHARDSON (1,988) needs 12 rush yards to reach 2,000 career. Had rush TD in last meeting…In past 10, WR T.Y. HILTON has 62 catches for 1,109 yards with 7 TDs, incl. 6 100-yard games. Aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,295 rec. yards & needs 5 to join WRs MARVIN HARRISON & REGGIE WAYNE as only Colts with 1,300+ yard rec. season. Had career-high 223 yards on 9 catches (24.8 avg.) with TD in last meeting. WR Reggie Wayne has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Hou. Rookie WR DONTE MONCRIEF (Round 3, No. 90 overall) aims for 4th in row with 3+ catches…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 110 tackles & has career-high 4 sacks. S MIKE ADAMS leads team with career-high 5 INTs, incl. 1 vs. Cle. CB JOSH GORDY posted 1st INT of season last week.