Texans Tight End C.J. Fiedorowicz Thinking About Retiring Due to Concussions

After an abbreviated season in which he suffered three concussions, Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz said he’s contemplating retirement, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

“You can’t go repair your brain,” he told the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Ill. “It’s not like an ACL or shoulder. That’s serious. I took some dingers. There was a couple of weeks there where I was having some tough times. This is what I’ve done my whole life, so to think that I’m going to walk away is tough. It’s not something that I thought of doing, because I signed the new deal, anytime soon. Life goes on, whatever happens.”

Fiedorowicz was concussed in the Texans’ season-opening loss to Jacksonville, sidelining him for two months. He returned two months later to play four more games before going on injured reserve.

“A dude knocked me out,” Fiedorowicz said. “After eight weeks (a period on injured reserve), when I came back, it was constantly on my mind. I wasn’t always able to play loose and free. It was in my head. Anytime that’s on your mind while you’re playing an NFL football game, you’re in trouble. You can’t play timid. Guys are trying to take your head off, you know?”

Fiedorowicz, who signed a three-year, $21.5 million contract extension before last season with $10 million guaranteed, said he plans to report to the Texans’ offseason workouts this spring. He also told the newspaper he may sit out 2018 and re-evaluate his situation the following offseason.

Texans Gab 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb

N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb is an impact player who many teams will have their eyes on when the NFL Draft takes center stage this offseason.

Touted as the best defensive player in the draft by many, he’s a talent that could make a huge impact on a team right away depending on where he ends up.

Here’s a look at Chubb and what various places are saying about him.

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HEIGHT: 6’4”


PROS: Plays with a very high motor and does not quit on plays. Chubb also plays for 4 quarters and wears down O-lines for 60 minutes. Great team leader and displays an energy that teammates feed off. Displays lots of burst off the edge and can beat offensive lineman with techniques, both inside and out. Uses his hands well to get around the edge and has enough speed to get to mobile quarterbacks. Has really good size and long arms that he uses efficiently to get into the backfield and disrupt plays. He plays the run well and is a dominant presence on the edge against opposing running backs. 190 career tackles, 53 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, and a handful of forced fumbles make Chubb a statistical dream for the draft, and his play on the field backs it up. He should be a first-round prospect come April.

CONS: Has been known to get beat in run blocking and sometimes gets handled at the LOS against the run. His speed and energy also mean that he over-pursues at times and runs past the play. Coaches have asked him to drop into coverage in the past and, while adequate in those situations, his pass coverage is overshadowed by his abilities as a pass rusher. He is also a bit heavy at 275 and will likely need to shed a few pounds once he enters the league.

USA Today Draft Wire

One of the nation’s most dominant and disruptive defenders, Chubb has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Wolfpack, racking up 48 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Despite opposing offenses scheming to avoid him, Chubb has continued to put up huge numbers and make a seismic impact.

A tailor-made 4-3 defensive end, Chubb is one of the most complete prospects in this year’s draft class. Though there may be more athletic pass-rushers available this year, Chubb’s combination of power, technique and a physical playing style make him this year’s best edge defender.

A Story on NFL.com about Chubb

The scoop: “If you compare him to Derek Barnett, he has similar production but he is a much more explosive athlete. I think he is way ahead of (Boston College’s Harold) Landry as a pro prospect. — AFC scout on N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb

The skinny: I’m not sure why a comparison to the Philadelphia Eagles rookie defensive end was made for Bradley Chubb, but let’s dig in. Chubb (6-foot-4, 275 pounds, per school measurements) is bigger than Barnett (6-3, 259) and I would agree that Chubb is the better athlete. Barnett has better hands. Chubb is faster than Barnett and might be the best pass rusher in the 2018 class. I’m undecided on where I project him, but he will be drafted earlier than where Barnett, the 14th overall pick in 2017, went.

What Walter Football Says on Chubb

“Chubb is a quality defender against the run. He can hold his ground, at times, and has the ability to shed blocks to get in on tackles outside of his gap. However, he could use more strength in his base and needs to get better at shedding blocks that are coming downhill straight at him. That would help him against NFL offensive linemen. Chubb is good at getting upfield to knife through his gap and cause havoc in the backfield. For the passing-driven pro game, Chubb looks like a solid base end who would fit really well in a 4-3 defense. That is what he has played at N.C. State, and he has shown some versatility to move inside and rush as a tackle in obvious passing situations. He could continue that in the NFL. Right now, Chubb looks like a tweener for a 3-4 defense between a five-technique and outside linebacker. At this time of year, one never knows if listed measurements are accurate, and players can change their weight during the process, so that could be subject to change.”

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins Makes a Pitch to Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham

Less than a week after DeAndre Hopkins made a recruiting pitch on Twitter to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, the Texans’ star wide receiver has turned his attention to the team’s offensive needs, Matt Wyatt of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hopkins posted a photoshopped picture of tight end Jimmy Graham in a Texans jersey to Twitter on Saturday, adding a thumbs up with Graham’s official twitter handle.

An unrestricted free agent after spending three years of a four-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks via a trade from the New Orleans Saints, Graham is one of the top available tight ends on the market.


Texans Hire Luke Richesson as New Strength and Rehab Coach

The Texans have hired Luke Richesson as their new strength and rehabilitation coach, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Richesson, who’s regarded as one of the NFL’s best in his field, spent the last six years at Denver, where he was the strength and conditioning coach.

Richesson replaces Craig Fitzgerald, who left the Texans after the season for the University of Tennessee.

Texans Gab 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley is a dynamic player who some have going as early as #1 to the Browns in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. Today we give you a look at what this big-time player has to offer wherever he ends up in the draft.

NFL.com Scouting Report by Daniel Jeremiah

What I liked: I’ll do my best to condense my thoughts here. I pretty much like everything about Barkley’s game. He has patience, vision and power as an inside runner. He can step through tackles or drop his shoulder and run through them. He is very quick laterally to avoid defenders in the hole. He has an excellent burst to the perimeter on outside runs. Once he gets the corner, he’s elusive in space and has the speed to go the distance.

He’s very dependable in pass protection. He’s assignment aware and does a nice job squaring up blitzing linebackers to stall their charge. He also has very strong, reliable hands. He can pluck the ball away from his frame and he’s explosive after the catch. He gets rave reviews from teammates and coaches for his tireless work ethic. His weight-room accomplishments have been well noted this offseason.

Where he needs to improve: There aren’t many areas where Barkley needs to improve. There have been a few occasions where he gets “bounce happy” instead of staying inside and taking a 2-3 yard gain. He has some negative plays as a result of his eagerness to hit the homerun. I’d love to see him used in a more diverse way in the passing game. He has the ability to split out and run routes like a receiver, but his opportunities were limited last year. Hopefully that will change this fall.

Biggest takeaway: Barkley is everything you’d want in a modern-day running back. He can run with power, generate explosive runs and contribute on passing downs. As a player, he reminds me a lot of Ezekiel Elliott coming out of Ohio State. I thought Elliott was one of the best pass-protecting college running backs I’d ever evaluated and Barkley is right on that level. Both guys have that ideal blend of size/speed and they are very instinctive football players.

Walter Football’s Take on Barkely going #1 to the Browns

Another Scouting Report on Barkley:


Everything? Yeah, just about everything. Before we even get to his game, it’s worth noting that everyone who knows Barkley describes him as high character guy, including current Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead, describing him as “Smart, humble. He’s the rare guy whose humble attitude supersedes his talent.” On the field he is a powerful and explosive runner between the tackles, showing great vision on cut backs and the ability to run through someone if needed. He also has the ability to get outside on sweep plays and is extremely elusive in space. He has good hands and really improved his receiving game in 2017, contributing 54 catches. Add in that he is a great pass protector, something that can keep rookies off the field, and you are looking at one of the most complete running backs to ever enter the draft. Bonus: want to see someone power clean almost twice their body weight?

There are basically no holes in Barkley’s game. He can get a bit indecisive in the hole at times and try to make too much happen, but those tendencies are due to him being better than everyone on the field. With his graduation to the NFL, I expect those bad habits to go away. He has a little room to improve on his pass catching as he dropped a couple easy balls over the year, but these critiques are splitting hairs.
Grade: A+

Saquon Barkley is a generational type running back. He’s an athletic specimen with a well-rounded game that will make an instant impact for an NFL team. How well he does immediately in the pros will be much more a function of where he lands than his skill set, he can do it all.

Albert Breer for SI saying that ‘Barkley is the Future of the NFL’

The Titans, built sturdy and tough up front, rushed for 195 yards on the vaunted Seahawks defense on Sunday. The Ravens spent the last two offseason getting younger and quicker on defense, and that group kept the Bengals and Browns out of the end zone in Weeks 1 and 2. Then in London, a Jaguars offense reworked this offseason with size in mind ran for 166 yards on them.

This is how the NFL works. Teams spent the last decade building around quarterbacks and receivers, and defenses are now stocked with 220-pound linebackers and 250-pound pass rushers. And now we’re getting the zig to that zag—personnel czars like Jacksonville’s Tom Coughlin and Tennessee’s Jon Robinson capitalized by building jackhammer offenses to run at those defenses, while creating better environments for their young QBs.

“That’s been going on since the 1970s,” said one NFC personnel exec. “It’s not a new trend, it’s the same cycle. New people rise in the football world, history repeats itself.”

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins Makes a Pitch for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler to Come to Houston

Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stirred the pot Monday in the wake of Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler’s controversial Super Bowl benching, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hopkins made a recruiting pitch on social media, Tweeting at the former Super Bowl hero and writing: “Wusup @mac_BZ we got a place for you in Houston.”

The Texans could use some reinforcements in the secondary, which struggled to replace A.J. Bouye after he signed a five-year, $67.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year.

Johnathan Joseph is a free agent and the Texans have a decision to make on whether to pick up a fifth-year club option for injury-prone former first-round draft pick Kevin Johnson.

A former undrafted free agent from West Alabama, Butler could be an upgrade for the Texans. He could also be expensive.

Hopkins has praised Butler in the past

“The guy’s made more plays than just that one play in the Super Bowl,” Hopkins said before a regular-season loss to the Patriots years ago. “That’s just the one that sticks out to a lot people. He’s a very smart football player, very talented.”

Texans J.J. Watt Wins the ‘Walter Payton Man of the Year’ Award

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It was a no-brainer who was going to walk away Saturday night with the ‘Walter Payton Man of the Year’ award – as no one did anywhere near as much for people following Hurricane Harvey as J.J. Watt.

Watt raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, and also continued his efforts with his Justin J. Watt Foundation, which helps underserved kids.

That foundation has given more than $3 million to athletic programs for middle school students since it started in 2010.

Despite playing only eight games due to injury, Watt was by far the most giving person off the field in the NFL in 2017, and more than deserved the award.

Texans Assistant GM and VP of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye III Chats with the Panthers for GM Spot

Texans vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III is interviewing Thursday for the Panthers’ general manager vacancy, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Raye was interviewed by the Texans for the general manager position that was filled by Brian Gaine.

Raye joined the Texans last year and he worked closely with former general manager Rick Smith, who’s taken a leave of absence to care for his wife as she battles cancer.

The top candidate for the Panthers’ job is interim general manager Marty Hurney. The Panthers have also been linked to Buffalo Bills executive Lake Dawson.