Houston Texans Roster 2019 Texans Roster

6-4, 1st AFC South

vs IND

1:20 am GMT, 11/22

The Houston Texans were terrific last year, finishing 11-5 and placing first in their AFC South Division. The offense was great, ranking 11th in the NFL but the defense was even more impressive, finishing 4th with only 316 point allowed. This year, the offense will offer many familiar faces as Deshaun Watson will once again be at QB with his usual weapons. The main features include Lamar Miller at running back and DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver. The defense is also similar with only a slight change at the safety position. 

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Deshaun Watson Deshaun Watson D. Watson 4
84
#11 QB 1 6'2" 221 24 9/14/95 3 2017 1 12 Clemson
QB AJ McCarron AJ McCarron A. McCarron 2
75
#31 QB 2 6'3" 220 29 9/13/90 6 2014 5 164 Alabama
QB Joe Webb Joe Webb J. Webb 5
67
#82 QB 3 6'4" 220 33 11/14/86 10 2010 6 199 UAB
QB Alex McGough Alex McGough A. McGough 3
65
#101 QB 4 6'3" 212 24 11/19/95 1 2018 7 220
QB Jordan Ta'amu Jordan Ta'amu J. Ta'amu 6
4 6'3" 221 21 12/10/97 0 2019 Ole Miss
RB Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde C. Hyde 23
75
#76 RB 1 6'0" 230 29 9/20/90 6 2014 2 57 Ohio State
RB Duke Johnson Duke Johnson D. Johnson 25
81
#26 RB 2 5'9" 207 26 9/23/93 5 2015 3 77 Miami
RB Gregory Howell Jr. Gregory Howell Jr. G. Howell Jr. 38
67
#133 RB 3 6'1" 215 23 3/27/96 2 2018
RB Taiwan Jones Taiwan Jones T. Jones 34
75
#73 RB 4 6'0" 194 31 7/26/88 9 2011 4 125 Eastern Washington
RB Cullen Gillaspia Cullen Gillaspia C. Gillaspia 44
71
#119 RB 5 6'2" 235 24 6/6/95 0 2019 7 220 Texas A&M
RB Karan Higdon Karan Higdon K. Higdon 31
74
#86 RB 7 5'9" 206 23 9/8/96 0 2019 Michigan
OT Tytus Howard Tytus Howard T. Howard 71
70
#103 OT 1 6'5" 322 23 5/23/96 0 2019 1 23 Alabama State
OT Laremy Tunsil Laremy Tunsil L. Tunsil 78
86
#10 OT 1 6'5" 310 25 8/2/94 4 2016 1 13 Mississippi
OT Chris Clark Chris Clark C. Clark 77
74
#48 OT 2 6'5" 315 34 10/1/85 10 2008 Southern Mississippi
OT Roderick Johnson Roderick Johnson R. Johnson 63
65
#138 OT 2 6'7" 298 23 11/28/95 3 2017 5 160 Florida State
OT Kyle Murphy Kyle Murphy K. Murphy 68
65
#182 OT 6'6" 305 25 12/11/93 3 2016 6 200 Stanford
OT Elijah Nkansah Elijah Nkansah E. Nkansah 75
69
#4 OT 6'6" 315 24 12/28/94 2 2018
OT Rick Leonard Rick Leonard R. Leonard 72
67
#135 OT 6'7" 311 22 11/22/96 1 2018 4 127
OT David Steinmetz David Steinmetz D. Steinmetz 79
67
#131 OT 6'7" 321 24 3/1/95 1 2018
OT Seantrel Henderson Seantrel Henderson S. Henderson 76
72
#78 OT 6'7" 331 27 1/21/92 6 2014 7 237 Miami
ILB Benardrick McKinney Benardrick McKinney B. McKinney 55
85
#7 ILB 1 6'4" 246 25 6/1/94 5 2015 2 43 Mississippi State
ILB Peter Kalambayi Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi 58
68
#89 ILB 2 6'3" 252 24 6/26/95 2 2018 6 214
ILB Tyrell Adams Tyrell Adams T. Adams 50
60
#198 ILB 3 6'2" 225 27 4/11/92 3 2015 West Georgia
OLB Whitney Mercilus Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus 59
85
#8 OLB 1 6'4" 261 29 7/21/90 8 2012 1 26 Illinois
OLB Brennan Scarlett Brennan Scarlett B. Scarlett 57
70
#105 OLB 1 6'4" 264 26 7/31/93 4 2016 Stanford
OLB Zach Cunningham Zach Cunningham Z. Cunningham 41
74
#64 OLB 1 6'3" 234 24 12/12/94 3 2017 2 57 Vanderbilt
OLB Dylan Cole Dylan Cole D. Cole 51
73
#68 OLB 2 6'0" 235 25 5/19/94 3 2017 Missouri State
OLB Barkevious Mingo Barkevious Mingo B. Mingo 52
72
#83 OLB 2 6'4" 241 29 10/4/90 7 2013 1 6 LSU
OLB Jacob Martin Jacob Martin J. Martin 54
68
#119 OLB 2 6'2" 236 23 12/11/95 2 2018 6 186
OLB Jesse Aniebonam Jesse Aniebonam J. Aniebonam 69
6'4" 260 23 1/5/96 0 2019 Maryland
OLB Chris Landrum Chris Landrum C. Landrum 42
59
#152 OLB 6'3" 260 27 9/14/92 4 2016 Jacksonville State
SS Tashaun Gipson Tashaun Gipson T. Gipson 39
83
#14 SS 1 5'11" 205 29 8/7/90 8 2012 Wyoming
SS Jahleel Addae Jahleel Addae J. Addae 37
78
#23 SS 2 5'10" 195 29 1/24/90 7 2013 Central Michigan
SS Mike Adams Mike Adams M. Adams 27
80
#29 SS 3 5'11" 200 38 3/24/81 16 2004 Delaware
SS Jonathan Owens Jonathan Owens J. Owens 36
69
#60 SS 5'11" 210 24 7/22/95 2 2018
P Bryan Anger Bryan Anger B. Anger 9
75
#14 P 6'4" 208 31 10/6/88 8 2012 3 70 California
FS Justin Reid Justin Reid J. Reid 20
82
#8 FS 1 6'0" 207 22 2/15/97 2 2018 3 68 Stanford
FS A.J. Moore A.J. Moore A. Moore 33
67
#66 FS 2 5'11" 201 23 12/15/95 2 2018 Mississippi
LS Jonathan Weeks Jonathan Weeks J. Weeks 46
69
#9 LS 5'10" 251 33 2/17/86 10 2010 Baylor
C Nick Martin Nick Martin N. Martin 66
75
#29 C 1 6'4" 299 26 11/30/92 4 2016 2 50 Notre Dame
C Greg Mancz Greg Mancz G. Mancz 65
76
#19 C 2 6'4" 301 27 4/23/92 5 2015 Toledo
C DJ Coker DJ Coker D. Coker 62
72
#39 C 6'2" 320 22 11/13/97 0 2019 Rhodes
DT Eddie Vanderdoes Eddie Vanderdoes E. Vanderdoes 95
74
#51 DT 6'3" 320 25 10/13/94 3 2017 3 88 UCLA
DT Ira Lewis Ira Lewis I. Lewis 96
74
#49 DT 6'3" 293 23 2/6/96 0 2019 Baylor
DL Walter Palmore Walter Palmore W. Palmore 60
76
#3 DL 6'4" 320 23 8/9/96 0 2019 Missouri
WR DeAndre Hopkins DeAndre Hopkins D. Hopkins 10
97
#2 WR 1 6'1" 214 27 6/6/92 7 2013 1 27 Clemson
WR Kenny Stills Kenny Stills K. Stills 12
82
#38 WR 1 6'0" 194 27 4/22/92 7 2013 5 144 Oklahoma
WR Will Fuller Will Fuller W. Fuller 15
80
#51 WR 1 6'0" 186 25 4/16/94 4 2016 1 21 Notre Dame
WR Chad Hansen Chad Hansen C. Hansen 13
71
#122 WR 2 6'2" 202 24 1/18/95 2 2017 4 141 California
WR Keke Coutee Keke Coutee K. Coutee 16
71
#182 WR 2 5'10" 181 22 1/14/97 2 2018 4 103 Texas Tech
WR Deandre Carter Deandre Carter D. Carter 14
67
#229 WR 2 5'9" 191 26 4/10/93 2 2015 Sacramento State
WR Isaac Whitney Isaac Whitney I. Whitney 19
68
#186 WR 3 6'2" 220 25 6/22/94 1 2017 Southern Cal
WR Steven Mitchell Jr. Steven Mitchell Jr. S. Mitchell Jr. 11
66
#305 WR 3 5'10" 189 25 5/2/94 1 2018
WR Floyd Allen Floyd Allen F. Allen 82
77
#65 WR 4 5'10" 199 23 7/16/96 0 2019 Mississippi
WR Stephen Louis Stephen Louis S. Louis 12
72
#167 WR 6'1" 218 24 9/7/95 0 2019 North Carolina State
TE Darren Fells Darren Fells D. Fells 87
73
#78 TE 1 6'7" 281 33 4/22/86 6 2013 Cal - Irvine
TE Jordan Akins Jordan Akins J. Akins 88
70
#99 TE 2 6'3" 249 27 4/19/92 2 2018 3 98 UCF
TE Jerell Adams Jerell Adams J. Adams 89
65
#172 TE 4 6'5" 247 26 12/31/92 3 2016 6 184 South Carolina
TE Keenan Brown Keenan Brown K. Brown 84
76
#40 TE 6 6'2" 250 23 12/22/95 0 2019 Texas State
DE Angelo Blackson Angelo Blackson A. Blackson 97
61
#159 DE 1 6'4" 318 27 11/14/92 5 2015 4 100 Auburn
DE Brandon Dunn Brandon Dunn B. Dunn 92
66
#52 DE 1 6'3" 300 27 9/5/92 4 2014 Louisville
DE Charles Omenihu Charles Omenihu C. Omenihu 94
75
#71 DE 2 6'5" 280 22 8/20/97 0 2019 5 161 Texas
DE Carlos Watkins Carlos Watkins C. Watkins 91
69
#127 DE 2 6'4" 312 25 12/5/93 3 2017 4 142 Clemson
DE Joel Heath Joel Heath J. Heath 93
66
#188 DE 3 6'5" 293 26 6/18/93 4 2016 Michigan State
DE TJ Daniel TJ Daniel T. Daniel 60
68
#137 DE 6'6" 273 1 2017 Oregon
CB Johnathan Joseph Johnathan Joseph J. Joseph 24
82
#31 CB 1 5'11" 190 35 4/16/84 14 2006 1 24 South Carolina
CB Bradley Roby Bradley Roby B. Roby 21
80
#42 CB 1 5'11" 194 27 5/1/92 6 2014 1 31 Ohio State
CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. Lonnie Johnson Jr. L. Johnson Jr. 32
73
#117 CB 2 6'2" 213 22 5/31/97 0 2019 2 54 Kentucky
CB Gareon Conley Gareon Conley G. Conley 22
81
#41 CB 2 6'0" 195 24 6/29/95 3 2017 1 24 Ohio State
CB Keion Crossen Keion Crossen K. Crossen 35
69
#169 CB 3 5'9" 178 23 4/17/96 2 2018 7 243
CB Cornell Armstrong Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong 30
69
#167 CB 3 5'11" 183 24 9/22/95 2 2018 6 209
CB Anthony Chesley Anthony Chesley A. Chesley 43
#29 CB 6'0" 187 24 5/31/95 0 2019 Coastal Carolina
CB Jermaine Ponder Jermaine Ponder J. Ponder 42
73
#120 CB 6'2" 200 24 1/9/95 0 2019 St. Francis U
CB Derrick Baity Jr. Derrick Baity Jr. D. Baity Jr. 30
6'2" 197 22 12/23/96 0 2019 Kentucky
CB Vernon Hargreaves Vernon Hargreaves V. Hargreaves 28
73
#122 CB 5'10" 204 24 6/3/95 4 2016 1 11 Florida
CB Xavier Crawford Xavier Crawford X. Crawford 28
75
#88 CB 5'11" 187 24 10/12/95 0 2019 6 195 Central Michigan
CB Phillip Gaines Phillip Gaines P. Gaines 29
70
#162 CB 6'0" 193 28 4/4/91 6 2014 3 87 Rice
NT DJ Reader DJ Reader D. Reader 98
82
#6 NT 1 6'3" 346 25 7/1/94 4 2016 5 166 Clemson
NT Javier Edwards Javier Edwards J. Edwards 93
70
#39 NT 6'1" 343 23 10/27/96 0 2019 Colorado
NT Johnny Dwight Johnny Dwight J. Dwight 95
72
#31 NT 6'3" 291 24 3/22/95 0 2019 Alabama
G Zach Fulton Zach Fulton Z. Fulton 73
75
#55 G 1 6'5" 316 28 9/23/91 6 2014 6 193 Tennessee
G Max Scharping Max Scharping M. Scharping 74
75
#58 G 1 6'6" 327 23 8/10/96 0 2019 2 55 Northern Illinois
G K.J. Malone K.J. Malone K. Malone 63
76
#42 G 6'4" 303 24 5/8/95 0 2018
K Ka'imi Fairbairn Ka'imi Fairbairn K. Fairbairn 7
73
#30 K 1 5'11" 182 25 1/29/94 4 2016 UCLA

Top 3 Texans Roster Questions of 2019-2020

Is DeAndre Hopkins the best receiver in the league?

After making the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row, it’s questionable whether DeAndre Hopkins can be considered one of the best in the league. He missed only 1 game his entire career thus far and looks primed to be even better in year 7. Last year, he totalled 1,572 yards and 11 TDs. For fantasy purposes, Hopkins is currently being taken as the #1 WR and deservingly so.

He and quarterback Deshaun Watson form one of the best duos in the league and are sure to improve next year. However, the one concern is the 70.6% catch percentage that’s likely to see some regression. His career mark is set at 58.8% making last year’s percentage seem like an anomaly. If his usage rate increases and he continues catching passes at an elite rate, Hopkins has a great shot at repairing the exceptional performance as last year. 

How much better can Deshaun Watson get?

The other youngster on the Texans is Deshaun Watson. He enters his 3rd season and looks primed for a big payday after what he did last year. As Houston’s full time starter, Watson passed for 4165 yards and 26 TDs. The interceptions might be a bit high but he makes up for it by being a dual threat QB. He also ran for 5 TDs in 2018 and made himself a household name.

While he’s yet to find success in the playoffs, the core around him will give Watson plenty of passing options. If nothing opens up, he’s always got the legs to scramble and make something happen. The only bad part to his game was the sacks; in 2018, he was sacked 62 times for 384 yards, the worst in the league. If the line can hold it together and give Watson some actual time in the pocket, look for him to be a precision passer and become one of the most dangerous passers in the NFL. 

How to replace Tyrann Mathieu

After coming over from the Arizona Cardinals prior to last year, Tyrann Mathieu was terrific for the Texans. He had 2 interceptions and was a constant participant in their defensive schemes. He also tied his career high with 89 tackles, 70 of which were solo tackles. The 3 sacks were a career high and Mathieu will only look to add to that total with the Chiefs after signing a 3 year contract with them this offseason. 

To replace him, the Texans brought in Tashaun Gipson from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s been a steady starter since his second year with the team and will likely slot into the free safety spot. The former division rival will now suit up for the Texans after collecting one interception and 54 tackles last year. While losing Mathieu is tough, they gain another veteran presence to a 3 year deal worth $19.5 million less than Mathieu.