Houston Texans Roster 2020 Houston Texans Roster

10-6, 1st AFC South

@ KC

8:05 pm GMT, 1/12

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 Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB
Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson D. Watson
4
84
#11 QB 6'2" 215 24 9/14/95 4 2017 1 12 Clemson
QB
AJ McCarron
AJ McCarron A. McCarron
2
75
#31 QB 6'3" 220 29 9/13/90 7 2014 5 164 Alabama
QB
Alex McGough
Alex McGough A. McGough
3
65
#101 QB 6'3" 214 24 11/19/95 1 2018 7 220 Florida International
RB
David Johnson
David Johnson D. Johnson
31
89
#6 RB 6'1" 224 28 12/16/91 6 2015 3 86 Northern Iowa
RB
Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson D. Johnson
25
81
#26 RB 5'9" 210 26 9/23/93 6 2015 3 77 Miami (Fla.)
RB
Karan Higdon
Karan Higdon K. Higdon
31
74
#86 RB 5'10" 202 23 9/8/96 1 2019 Michigan
RB
Cullen Gillaspia
Cullen Gillaspia C. Gillaspia
44
71
#119 RB 6'2" 235 24 5/12/95 2 2019 7 220 Texas A&M
RB
Gregory Howell Jr.
Gregory Howell Jr. G. Howell Jr.
38
67
#133 RB 6'1" 215 24 3/27/96 3 2018
WR
Kenny Stills
Kenny Stills K. Stills
12
82
#38 WR 6'1" 202 27 4/22/92 8 2013 5 144 Oklahoma
WR
Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb R. Cobb
18
82
#37 WR 5'10" 192 29 8/22/90 10 2011 2 64 Kentucky
WR
Will Fuller
Will Fuller W. Fuller
15
80
#51 WR 6'0" 184 25 4/16/94 5 2016 1 21 Notre Dame
WR
Chad Hansen
Chad Hansen C. Hansen
0
71
#122 WR 6'2" 202 25 1/18/95 2 2017 4 141 California
WR
Keke Coutee
Keke Coutee K. Coutee
16
71
#182 WR 5'11" 187 23 1/14/97 3 2018 4 103 Texas Tech
WR
Isaac Whitney
Isaac Whitney I. Whitney
0
68
#186 WR 6'2" 204 25 6/22/94 2 2017 USC
WR
Deandre Carter
Deandre Carter D. Carter
14
67
#229 WR 5'8" 190 26 4/10/93 3 2015 Sacramento State
WR
Steven Mitchell Jr.
Steven Mitchell Jr. S. Mitchell Jr.
11
66
#305 WR 5'10" 186 25 5/2/94 2 2018 USC
TE
Jordan Akins
Jordan Akins J. Akins
88
70
#99 TE 6'4" 243 27 4/19/92 3 2018 3 98 UCF
TE
Kahale Warring
Kahale Warring K. Warring
81
70
#116 TE 6'5" 250 23 3/23/97 2 2019 3 86 San Diego State
TE
Jordan Thomas
Jordan Thomas J. Thomas
0
69
#124 TE 6'5" 277 23 8/2/96 3 2018 6 211 Mississippi State
C
Greg Mancz
Greg Mancz G. Mancz
65
76
#19 C 6'4" 302 27 4/23/92 6 2015 Toledo
C
Nick Martin
Nick Martin N. Martin
66
75
#29 C 6'4" 295 26 4/29/93 5 2016 2 50 Notre Dame
OG
Zach Fulton
Zach Fulton Z. Fulton
73
75
#55 OG 6'5" 321 28 9/23/91 7 2014 6 193 Tennessee
OG
Senio Kelemete
Senio Kelemete S. Kelemete
64
73
#72 OG 6'3" 301 29 5/10/90 8 2012 5 151 Washington
OT
Laremy Tunsil
Laremy Tunsil L. Tunsil
78
86
#10 OT 6'5" 313 25 8/2/94 5 2016 1 13 Mississippi
OT
Max Scharping
Max Scharping M. Scharping
74
75
#58 OT 6'6" 327 23 8/10/96 2 2019 2 55 Northern Illinois
OT
Tytus Howard
Tytus Howard T. Howard
71
70
#103 OT 6'5" 322 23 5/23/96 2 2019 1 23 Alabama State
OT
Elijah Nkansah
Elijah Nkansah E. Nkansah
75
69
#4 OT 6'5" 315 25 12/28/94 1 2018 Toledo
OT
Brent Qvale
Brent Qvale B. Qvale
79
68
#114 OT 6'7" 315 29 3/11/91 6 2014 Nebraska
OT
Rick Leonard
Rick Leonard R. Leonard
72
67
#135 OT 6'7" 311 23 11/22/96 1 2018 4 127 Florida State
OT
David Steinmetz
David Steinmetz D. Steinmetz
79
67
#131 OT 6'8" 321 25 3/1/95 2 2018 Purdue
OT
Roderick Johnson
Roderick Johnson R. Johnson
63
65
#138 OT 6'6" 306 24 11/28/95 4 2017 5 160 Florida State
OT
Kyle Murphy
Kyle Murphy K. Murphy
0
65
#182 OT 6'6" 305 26 12/11/93 4 2016 6 200 Stanford
NT
Ira Lewis
Ira Lewis I. Lewis
96
74
#49 NT 6'3" 293 24 2/6/96 1 2019 Baylor
NT
Angelo Blackson
Angelo Blackson A. Blackson
97
61
#159 NT 6'4" 319 27 11/14/92 6 2015 4 100 Auburn
DT
Eddie Vanderdoes
Eddie Vanderdoes E. Vanderdoes
95
74
#51 DT 6'3" 315 25 10/13/94 4 2017 3 88 UCLA
DT
Carlos Watkins
Carlos Watkins C. Watkins
91
69
#127 DT 6'3" 297 26 12/5/93 4 2017 4 142 Clemson
DT
Brandon Dunn
Brandon Dunn B. Dunn
92
66
#52 DT 6'2" 310 27 9/5/92 5 2014 Louisville
DE
JJ Watt
JJ Watt J. Watt
99
99
#1 DE 6'5" 288 31 3/22/89 10 2011 1 11 Wisconsin
DE
Charles Omenihu
Charles Omenihu C. Omenihu
94
75
#71 DE 6'5" 280 22 8/20/97 2 2019 5 161 Texas
DE
Duke Ejiofor
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor
53
72
#90 DE 6'3" 275 24 4/24/95 3 2018 6 177 Wake Forest
LB
Benardrick McKinney
Benardrick McKinney B. McKinney
55
85
#7 LB 6'4" 257 27 11/19/92 6 2015 2 43 Mississippi State
LB
Whitney Mercilus
Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus
59
85
#8 LB 6'4" 258 29 7/21/90 9 2012 1 26 Illinois
LB
Zach Cunningham
Zach Cunningham Z. Cunningham
41
74
#64 LB 6'3" 238 25 12/12/94 4 2017 2 57 Vanderbilt
LB
Dylan Cole
Dylan Cole D. Cole
51
73
#68 LB 6'0" 237 25 5/19/94 4 2017 Missouri State
LB
Nate Hall
Nate Hall N. Hall
0
70
#80 LB 6'2" 231 23 4/6/96 1 2019 Northwestern
LB
Brennan Scarlett
Brennan Scarlett B. Scarlett
57
70
#105 LB 6'4" 263 26 7/31/93 5 2016 Stanford
LB
Davin Bellamy
Davin Bellamy D. Bellamy
0
68
#12 LB 6'5" 259 25 12/27/94 1 2018 Georgia
LB
Peter Kalambayi
Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi
58
68
#89 LB 6'3" 254 24 6/26/95 3 2018 6 214 Stanford
LB
Jacob Martin
Jacob Martin J. Martin
54
68
#119 LB 6'2" 242 24 12/11/95 3 2018 6 186 Temple
LB
Tyrell Adams
Tyrell Adams T. Adams
50
60
#198 LB 6'2" 225 27 4/11/92 4 2015 West Georgia
LB
Chris Landrum
Chris Landrum C. Landrum
42
59
#152 LB 6'2" 245 27 9/14/92 5 2016 Jacksonville State
CB
Gareon Conley
Gareon Conley G. Conley
22
81
#41 CB 6'0" 190 24 6/29/95 4 2017 1 24 Ohio State
CB
Bradley Roby
Bradley Roby B. Roby
21
80
#42 CB 5'11" 194 27 5/1/92 7 2014 1 31 Ohio State
CB
Vernon Hargreaves
Vernon Hargreaves V. Hargreaves
28
73
#122 CB 5'10" 204 24 6/3/95 5 2016 1 11 Florida
CB
Lonnie Johnson Jr.
Lonnie Johnson Jr. L. Johnson Jr.
32
73
#117 CB 6'2" 213 24 11/4/95 2 2019 2 54 Kentucky
CB
Jaylen Watkins
Jaylen Watkins J. Watkins
27
71
#54 CB 5'11" 194 27 11/27/92 6 2014 4 101 Florida
CB
Phillip Gaines
Phillip Gaines P. Gaines
29
70
#162 CB 6'0" 193 29 4/4/91 7 2014 3 87 Rice
CB
Cornell Armstrong
Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong
0
69
#167 CB 6'0" 185 24 9/22/95 3 2018 6 209 Southern Mississippi
CB
Keion Crossen
Keion Crossen K. Crossen
35
69
#169 CB 5'10" 185 23 4/17/96 3 2018 7 243 Western Carolina
CB
Anthony Chesley
Anthony Chesley A. Chesley
0
68
#29 CB 6'0" 190 24 5/31/95 1 2019 Coastal Carolina
CB
Eric Murray
Eric Murray E. Murray
22
68
#64 CB 5'11" 199 26 1/7/94 5 2016 4 106 Minnesota
CB
A.J. Moore
A.J. Moore A. Moore
33
67
#66 CB 5'11" 200 24 12/15/95 3 2018 Mississippi
SS
Justin Reid
Justin Reid J. Reid
20
82
#8 SS 6'1" 203 23 2/15/97 3 2018 3 68 Stanford
SS
Shalom Luani
Shalom Luani S. Luani
0
65
#74 SS 6'0" 202 25 8/5/94 3 2017 7 221 Washington State
FS
Tashaun Gipson
Tashaun Gipson T. Gipson
39
83
#14 FS 6'1" 212 29 8/7/90 9 2012 Wyoming
S
Jonathan Owens
Jonathan Owens J. Owens
0
69
#60 S 5'11" 210 24 7/22/95 2 2018 Missouri Western State
LS
Jonathan Weeks
Jonathan Weeks J. Weeks
46 5'10" 242 34 2/17/86 11 2010 Baylor
P
Bryan Anger
Bryan Anger B. Anger
9
75
#14 P 6'3" 205 31 10/6/88 9 2012 3 70 California
PK
Ka'imi Fairbairn
Ka'imi Fairbairn K. Fairbairn
7
73
#30 PK 6'0" 183 26 1/29/94 5 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.