Houston Texans Roster 2020 Houston Texans Roster

0-0, T-1st AFC South

@ KC

12:20 am GMT , 9/11

The roster construction for the Houston Texans has not been great. They decided to trade DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson this offseason. Replacing Hopkins, they decided Brandin Cooks was the best option. They also signed Randall Cobb. Deshaun Watson can’t be happy with this team and his new weapons. The offensive line has been bottom ten over the last few seasons and it is looking that way again as they didn’t make any notable signings. The defense has gotten older and most names that were above average have drifted off to other teams.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB
Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson D. Watson
4
88
#8 QB 6'2" 221 24 9/14/95 4 2017 1 12 Clemson
QB
Nick Tiano
Nick Tiano N. Tiano
8
67
#120 QB 6'4" 231 23 12/10/96 0 2020 Tennessee-Chattanooga
QB
AJ McCarron
AJ McCarron A. McCarron
2
67
#120 QB 6'3" 220 29 9/13/90 7 2014 5 164 Alabama
QB
Alex McGough
Alex McGough A. McGough
3
67
#120 QB 6'3" 212 24 11/19/95 1 2018 7 220 Florida International
RB
Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson D. Johnson
25
80
#49 RB 5'9" 207 26 9/23/93 6 2015 3 77 Miami (Fla.)
RB
David Johnson
David Johnson D. Johnson
31
76
#93 RB 6'1" 224 28 12/16/91 6 2015 3 86 Northern Iowa
RB
Karan Higdon
Karan Higdon K. Higdon
31
74
#128 RB 5'9" 206 23 9/8/96 1 2019 Michigan
RB
Cullen Gillaspia
Cullen Gillaspia C. Gillaspia
44
71
#170 RB 6'2" 235 25 5/12/95 2 2019 7 220 Texas A&M
RB
Buddy Howell
Buddy Howell B. Howell
38
67
#304 RB 6'1" 215 24 3/27/96 0 2018
RB
Scottie Phillips
Scottie Phillips S. Phillips
40
67
#304 RB 5'8" 207 22 10/6/97 0 2020 Mississippi
WR
Brandin Cooks
Brandin Cooks B. Cooks
13
88
#20 WR 5'10" 189 26 9/25/93 7 2014 1 20 Oregon State
WR
Will Fuller
Will Fuller W. Fuller
15
85
#34 WR 6'0" 186 26 4/16/94 5 2016 1 21 Notre Dame
WR
Kenny Stills
Kenny Stills K. Stills
12
79
#72 WR 6'0" 194 28 4/22/92 8 2013 5 144 Oklahoma
WR
Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb R. Cobb
18
76
#114 WR 5'10" 192 29 8/22/90 10 2011 2 64 Kentucky
WR
Keke Coutee
Keke Coutee K. Coutee
16
72
#230 WR 5'10" 181 23 1/14/97 3 2018 4 103 Texas Tech
WR
Chad Hansen
Chad Hansen C. Hansen
13
71
#270 WR 6'2" 202 25 1/18/95 2 2017 4 141 California
WR
Isaac Whitney
Isaac Whitney I. Whitney
19
68
#428 WR 6'2" 220 26 6/22/94 2 2017 USC
WR
Tyler Simmons
Tyler Simmons T. Simmons
86
67
#557 WR 5'11" 204 22 12/30/97 0 2020 Georgia
WR
Deandre Carter
Deandre Carter D. Carter
14
67
#557 WR 5'9" 191 27 4/10/93 3 2015 Sacramento State
WR
Isaiah Coulter
Isaiah Coulter I. Coulter
82
67
#557 WR 6'2" 198 21 9/18/98 0 2020 5 171 Rhode Island
WR
Steven Mitchell Jr.
Steven Mitchell Jr. S. Mitchell Jr.
11
67
#557 WR 5'10" 189 26 5/2/94 2 2018 USC
TE
Darren Fells
Darren Fells D. Fells
87
79
#35 TE 6'7" 281 34 4/22/86 7 2013 Cal - Irvine
TE
Jordan Akins
Jordan Akins J. Akins
88
75
#80 TE 6'3" 249 28 4/19/92 3 2018 3 98 UCF
TE
Kahale Warring
Kahale Warring K. Warring
81
70
#159 TE 6'5" 252 23 3/23/97 2 2019 3 86 San Diego State
TE
Jordan Thomas
Jordan Thomas J. Thomas
83
69
#174 TE 6'5" 265 23 8/2/96 3 2018 6 211 Mississippi State
TE
Dylan Stapleton
Dylan Stapleton D. Stapleton
84
67
#282 TE 6'5" 242 22 5/27/98 0 2020 James Madison
C
Nick Martin
Nick Martin N. Martin
66
71
#47 C 6'4" 299 26 7/28/93 5 2016 2 50 Notre Dame
C
Greg Mancz
Greg Mancz G. Mancz
65
67
#91 C 6'4" 301 28 4/23/92 6 2015 Toledo
OG
Zach Fulton
Zach Fulton Z. Fulton
73
75
#42 OG 6'5" 316 28 9/23/91 7 2014 6 193 Tennessee
OG
Elex Woodworth
Elex Woodworth E. Woodworth
77
67
#112 OG 6'4" 290 23 3/16/97 0 2020 North Texas
OG
Cordel Iwuagwu
Cordel Iwuagwu C. Iwuagwu
70
67
#112 OG 6'3" 309 23 9/4/96 0 2020 TCU
OG
Senio Kelemete
Senio Kelemete S. Kelemete
64
67
#112 OG 6'4" 300 30 5/10/90 8 2012 5 151 Washington
OT
Laremy Tunsil
Laremy Tunsil L. Tunsil
78
87
#12 OT 6'5" 310 25 8/2/94 5 2016 1 13 Mississippi
OT
Max Scharping
Max Scharping M. Scharping
74
75
#59 OT 6'6" 327 23 8/10/96 2 2019 2 55 Northern Illinois
OT
Tytus Howard
Tytus Howard T. Howard
71
70
#127 OT 6'5" 322 24 5/23/96 2 2019 1 23 Alabama State
OT
Elijah Nkansah
Elijah Nkansah E. Nkansah
75
69
#146 OT 6'6" 315 25 12/28/94 1 2018 Toledo
OT
Kyle Murphy
Kyle Murphy K. Murphy
68
67
#226 OT 6'6" 305 26 12/11/93 4 2016 6 200 Stanford
OT
David Steinmetz
David Steinmetz D. Steinmetz
79
67
#226 OT 6'7" 321 25 3/1/95 2 2018 Purdue
OT
Rick Leonard
Rick Leonard R. Leonard
72
67
#226 OT 6'7" 311 23 11/22/96 1 2018 4 127 Florida State
OT
Charlie Heck
Charlie Heck C. Heck
67
67
#226 OT 6'8" 309 23 11/20/96 0 2020 4 126 North Carolina
OT
Roderick Johnson
Roderick Johnson R. Johnson
63
67
#226 OT 6'7" 298 24 11/28/95 4 2017 5 160 Florida State
OT
Brent Qvale
Brent Qvale B. Qvale
76
67
#226 OT 6'7" 315 29 3/11/91 6 2014 Nebraska
NT
Angelo Blackson
Angelo Blackson A. Blackson
97
69
#41 NT 6'4" 318 27 11/14/92 6 2015 4 100 Auburn
DT
Ira Lewis
Ira Lewis I. Lewis
96
74
#81 DT 6'3" 293 24 2/6/96 1 2019 Baylor
DT
Eddie Vanderdoes
Eddie Vanderdoes E. Vanderdoes
95
68
#201 DT 6'3" 320 25 10/13/94 4 2017 3 88 UCLA
DT
Auzoyah Alufohai
Auzoyah Alufohai A. Alufohai
98
67
#233 DT 6'4" 327 23 10/16/96 0 2020 West Georgia
DT
Brandon Dunn
Brandon Dunn B. Dunn
92
67
#233 DT 6'3" 300 27 9/5/92 5 2014 Louisville
DT
Ross Blacklock
Ross Blacklock R. Blacklock
90
67
#233 DT 6'3" 290 22 7/9/98 0 2020 2 40 TCU
DT
Carlos Watkins
Carlos Watkins C. Watkins
91
67
#233 DT 6'4" 312 26 12/5/93 4 2017 4 142 Clemson
DE
JJ Watt
JJ Watt J. Watt
99
99
#1 DE 6'5" 290 31 2/1/89 10 2011 1 11 Wisconsin
DE
Charles Omenihu
Charles Omenihu C. Omenihu
94
75
#77 DE 6'5" 280 22 8/20/97 2 2019 5 161 Texas
DE
Duke Ejiofor
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor
53
72
#125 DE 6'3" 264 25 4/24/95 3 2018 6 177 Wake Forest
DE
Jonathan Greenard
Jonathan Greenard J. Greenard
52
67
#270 DE 6'3" 263 23 5/25/97 0 2020 3 90 Florida
LB
Benardrick McKinney
Benardrick McKinney B. McKinney
55
85
#24 LB 6'4" 246 27 11/19/92 6 2015 2 43 Mississippi State
LB
Whitney Mercilus
Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus
59
83
#34 LB 6'4" 261 29 7/21/90 9 2012 1 26 Illinois
LB
Dylan Cole
Dylan Cole D. Cole
51
74
#161 LB 6'0" 235 26 5/19/94 4 2017 Missouri State
LB
Zach Cunningham
Zach Cunningham Z. Cunningham
41
73
#181 LB 6'3" 234 25 12/12/94 4 2017 2 57 Vanderbilt
LB
Brennan Scarlett
Brennan Scarlett B. Scarlett
57
71
#228 LB 6'4" 264 26 7/31/93 5 2016 Stanford
LB
Nate Hall
Nate Hall N. Hall
48
70
#266 LB 6'2" 230 24 4/6/96 1 2019 Northwestern
LB
Davin Bellamy
Davin Bellamy D. Bellamy
49
68
#377 LB 6'4" 255 25 12/27/94 1 2018 Georgia
LB
Peter Kalambayi
Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi
58
68
#377 LB 6'3" 252 25 6/26/95 3 2018 6 214 Stanford
LB
Jacob Martin
Jacob Martin J. Martin
54
68
#377 LB 6'2" 236 24 12/11/95 3 2018 6 186 Temple
LB
Chris Landrum
Chris Landrum C. Landrum
42
67
#478 LB 6'3" 260 27 9/14/92 5 2016 Jacksonville State
LB
Tyrell Adams
Tyrell Adams T. Adams
50
67
#478 LB 6'2" 225 28 4/11/92 4 2015 West Georgia
CB
Bradley Roby
Bradley Roby B. Roby
21
84
#28 CB 5'11" 194 28 5/1/92 7 2014 1 31 Ohio State
CB
Gareon Conley
Gareon Conley G. Conley
22
77
#71 CB 6'0" 195 25 6/29/95 4 2017 1 24 Ohio State
CB
Lonnie Johnson Jr.
Lonnie Johnson Jr. L. Johnson Jr.
32
73
#158 CB 6'2" 213 24 11/4/95 2 2019 2 54 Kentucky
CB
Eric Murray
Eric Murray E. Murray
23
72
#181 CB 5'11" 199 26 1/7/94 5 2016 4 106 Minnesota
CB
Jaylen Watkins
Jaylen Watkins J. Watkins
27
72
#181 CB 5'11" 194 27 11/27/92 6 2014 4 101 Florida
CB
Vernon Hargreaves
Vernon Hargreaves V. Hargreaves
28
71
#206 CB 5'10" 204 25 6/3/95 5 2016 1 11 Florida
CB
Keion Crossen
Keion Crossen K. Crossen
35
69
#241 CB 5'9" 178 24 4/17/96 3 2018 7 243 Western Carolina
CB
Cornell Armstrong
Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong
30
69
#241 CB 5'11" 183 24 9/22/95 3 2018 6 209 Southern Mississippi
CB
Anthony Chesley
Anthony Chesley A. Chesley
43
68
#302 CB 6'0" 187 25 5/31/95 1 2019 Coastal Carolina
CB
A.J. Moore
A.J. Moore A. Moore
33
67
#386 CB 5'11" 201 24 12/15/95 3 2018 Mississippi
CB
John Reid
John Reid J. Reid
34
67
#386 CB 5'10" 187 24 5/15/96 0 2020 4 141 Penn State
CB
Phillip Gaines
Phillip Gaines P. Gaines
29
67
#386 CB 6'0" 193 29 4/4/91 7 2014 3 87 Rice
SS
Justin Reid
Justin Reid J. Reid
20
83
#9 SS 6'0" 207 23 2/15/97 3 2018 3 68 Stanford
SS
Shalom Luani
Shalom Luani S. Luani
42
67
#141 SS 6'0" 195 25 8/5/94 3 2017 7 221 Washington State
FS
Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas M. Thomas
28
72
#69 FS 5'11" 182 31 3/17/89 7 2012 Stanford
S
Jonathan Owens
Jonathan Owens J. Owens
36
69
#9 S 5'11" 210 24 7/22/95 2 2018 Missouri Western State
LS
Jonathan Weeks
Jonathan Weeks J. Weeks
46 5'10" 251 34 2/17/86 11 2010 Baylor
LS
Anthony Kukwa
Anthony Kukwa A. Kukwa
45 6'2" 239 27 10/30/92 1 2017 Lake Erie
P
Bryan Anger
Bryan Anger B. Anger
9
75
#26 P 6'4" 208 31 10/6/88 9 2012 3 70 California
PK
Ka'imi Fairbairn
Ka'imi Fairbairn K. Fairbairn
7
72
#44 PK 5'11" 182 26 1/29/94 5 2016 UCLA

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.