Houston Texans Roster 2018 Texans Roster

9-4, 1st AFC South

at NYJ

9:30 pm UTC, 12/15

A healthy Houston team is very scary on both sides of the ball. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are two guys that can change a game, but they started to get exposed in the secondary, especially with A.J. Bouye leaving last year. Deshaun Watson flashed a lot of potential this season, and if he remains healthy, he can lead this team to some wins. He has two excellent targets to throw to, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, but Keke Coutee could be getting in the mix given they still don’t have pass-catching tight ends at their disposal. Ryan Griffin will likely be the guy, but Stephen Anderson could see some time. Lamar Miller is going to be pushed by D’Onta Foreman this year, and we saw it start to happen down the stretch of last year. Miller is 27 years old, and has had some efficiency issues at times.

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
83
#15 QB 1 6'2" 221 23 9/14/95 2 2017 1 12 Clemson
QB Brandon Weeden Brandon Weeden B. Weeden 3
74
#39 QB 2 6'3" 220 35 10/14/83 7 2012 1 22 Oklahoma State
QB Joe Webb Joe Webb J. Webb 5
67
#64 QB 3 6'4" 220 32 11/14/86 9 2010 6 199 UAB
RB Lamar Miller Lamar Miller L. Miller 26
86
#19 RB 1 5'11" 218 27 4/25/91 7 2012 4 97 Miami
RB Alfred Blue Alfred Blue A. Blue 28
76
#61 RB 2 6'2" 223 27 4/27/91 5 2014 6 181 LSU
RB D'Onta Foreman D'Onta Foreman D. Foreman 27
77
#79 RB 3 6'0" 233 22 4/24/96 2 2017 3 89 Texas
RB Gregory Howell Jr. Gregory Howell Jr. G. Howell Jr. 38
67
#98 RB 4 6'1" 215 22 3/27/96 0 2018
OT Kendall Lamm Kendall Lamm K. Lamm 74
64
#115 OT 1 6'5" 298 26 6/5/92 4 2015 Appalachian State
OT Julie'n Davenport Julie'n Davenport J. Davenport 70
72
#56 OT 2 6'7" 318 23 1/9/95 2 2017 4 130 Bucknell
OT Martinas Rankin Martinas Rankin M. Rankin 75
67
#92 OT 2 6'4" 308 24 10/20/94 0 2018 3 80 Mississippi State
OT Roderick Johnson Roderick Johnson R. Johnson 63
65
#109 OT 3 6'7" 298 23 11/28/95 2 2017 5 160 Florida State
ILB Benardrick McKinney Benardrick McKinney B. McKinney 55
79
#20 ILB 1 6'4" 246 24 6/1/94 4 2015 2 43 Mississippi State
ILB Brian Peters Brian Peters B. Peters 52
63
#81 ILB 2 6'3" 218 30 10/31/88 4 2015 Northwestern (IA)
OLB Zach Cunningham Zach Cunningham Z. Cunningham 41
78
#29 OLB 1 6'3" 234 24 12/12/94 2 2017 2 57 Vanderbilt
OLB Jadeveon Clowney Jadeveon Clowney J. Clowney 90
89
#6 OLB 1 6'5" 266 25 2/14/93 5 2014 1 1 South Carolina
OLB Whitney Mercilus Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus 59
79
#27 OLB 1 6'4" 261 28 7/21/90 7 2012 1 26 Illinois
OLB Peter Kalambayi Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi 58
68
#91 OLB 2 6'3" 252 23 6/26/95 0 2018 6 214
OLB Duke Ejiofor Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor 53
69
#87 OLB 2 6'3" 264 23 4/24/95 0 2018 6 177
OLB Dylan Cole Dylan Cole D. Cole 51
73
#59 OLB 3 6'0" 235 24 5/19/94 2 2017 Missouri State
OLB Brennan Scarlett Brennan Scarlett B. Scarlett 57
68
#95 OLB 6'4" 264 25 7/31/93 3 2016 Stanford
OLB Josh Keyes Josh Keyes J. Keyes 49
60
#136 OLB 6'2" 220 25 1/23/93 3 2015 Boston College
SS Johnson Bademosi Johnson Bademosi J. Bademosi 23
68
#132 SS 2 6'0" 200 28 7/23/90 7 2012 Stanford
P Trevor Daniel Trevor Daniel T. Daniel 8
67
#33 P 1 6'1" 230 24 12/8/94 0 2018
FS Justin Reid Justin Reid J. Reid 20
77
#29 FS 1 6'0" 207 21 2/15/97 0 2018 3 68 Stanford
FS Andre Hal Andre Hal A. Hal 29
86
#31 FS 2 5'10" 188 26 5/30/92 5 2014 7 216 Vanderbilt
FS A.J. Moore A.J. Moore A. Moore 33
67
#54 FS 3 5'11" 201 22 12/15/95 0 2018 Mississippi
LS Jonathan Weeks Jonathan Weeks J. Weeks 46
69
#5 LS 5'10" 251 32 2/17/86 9 2010 Baylor
C Nick Martin Nick Martin N. Martin 66
73
#28 C 1 6'4" 299 26 11/30/92 3 2016 2 50 Notre Dame
C Greg Mancz Greg Mancz G. Mancz 65
76
#20 C 2 6'4" 301 26 4/23/92 4 2015 Toledo
DB Tyrann Mathieu Tyrann Mathieu T. Mathieu 32
94
#2 DB 1 5'9" 186 26 5/13/92 6 2013 3 69 LSU
WR Deandre Carter Deandre Carter D. Carter 14
67
#164 WR 1 5'9" 191 25 4/10/93 1 2015 Sacramento State
WR DeAndre Hopkins DeAndre Hopkins D. Hopkins 10
92
#6 WR 1 6'1" 214 26 6/6/92 6 2013 1 27 Clemson
WR Demaryius Thomas Demaryius Thomas D. Thomas 87
86
#23 WR 1 6'3" 229 31 10/25/87 9 2010 1 22 Georgia Tech
WR Sammie Coates Sammie Coates S. Coates 18
70
#127 WR 2 6'2" 212 25 3/31/93 4 2015 3 87 Auburn
WR Vyncint Smith Vyncint Smith V. Smith 17
65
#175 WR 2 6'3" 195 22 6/9/96 0 2018
WR Keke Coutee Keke Coutee K. Coutee 16
68
#148 WR 2 5'10" 181 21 1/14/97 0 2018 4 103
TE Ryan Griffin Ryan Griffin R. Griffin 84
77
#36 TE 1 6'6" 247 28 1/11/90 6 2013 6 201 Connecticut
TE Jordan Thomas Jordan Thomas J. Thomas 83
69
#72 TE 2 6'5" 265 22 8/2/96 0 2018 6 211
TE Jordan Akins Jordan Akins J. Akins 88
68
#77 TE 3 6'3" 249 26 4/19/92 0 2018 3 98 UCF
DE JJ Watt JJ Watt J. Watt 99
97
#1 DE 1 6'5" 290 29 2/1/89 8 2011 1 11 Wisconsin
DE DJ Reader DJ Reader D. Reader 98
82
#8 DE 1 6'3" 346 24 7/1/94 3 2016 5 166 Clemson
DE Angelo Blackson Angelo Blackson A. Blackson 97
61
#151 DE 2 6'4" 318 26 11/14/92 4 2015 4 100 Auburn
DE Christian Covington Christian Covington C. Covington 95
76
#75 DE 2 6'2" 289 25 10/16/93 4 2015 6 216 Rice
DE Carlos Watkins Carlos Watkins C. Watkins 91
69
#105 DE 3 6'4" 312 25 12/5/93 2 2017 4 142 Clemson
DE Joel Heath Joel Heath J. Heath 93
66
#132 DE 3 6'5" 293 25 6/18/93 3 2016 Michigan State
DE TJ Daniel TJ Daniel T. Daniel 60
68
#107 DE 6'6" 273 1 2017 Oregon
CB Kareem Jackson Kareem Jackson K. Jackson 25
76
#36 CB 1 5'11" 196 30 4/10/88 9 2010 1 20 Alabama
CB Shareece Wright Shareece Wright S. Wright 43
75
#81 CB 1 5'11" 182 31 4/8/87 8 2011 3 89 USC
CB Johnathan Joseph Johnathan Joseph J. Joseph 24
83
#31 CB 2 5'11" 190 34 4/16/84 13 2006 1 24 South Carolina
CB Aaron Colvin Aaron Colvin A. Colvin 22
78
#60 CB 2 5'11" 177 27 10/2/91 5 2014 4 114 Oklahoma
NT Brandon Dunn Brandon Dunn B. Dunn 92
66
#36 NT 1 6'3" 300 26 9/5/92 3 2014 Louisville
G Zach Fulton Zach Fulton Z. Fulton 73
82
#15 G 1 6'5" 316 27 9/23/91 5 2014 6 193 Tennessee
G Senio Kelemete Senio Kelemete S. Kelemete 64
67
#80 G 1 6'4" 300 28 5/10/90 6 2012 5 151 Washington
G K.J. Malone K.J. Malone K. Malone 63
65
#98 G 6'4" 303 23 5/8/95 0 2018
K Ka'imi Fairbairn Ka'imi Fairbairn K. Fairbairn 7
75
#28 K 1 5'11" 182 24 1/29/94 3 2016 UCLA

Staying Healthy is the Key

Competing within the tough AFC South was something the Texans were not up to the task for in 2017. The team went 4-12, being spelled by injuries, inconsistencies, and lack of production from key positions. These three telling points are three areas that the team has already looked to dispel heading into the 2018-19 season. One of the biggest losses came early in the season with J.J. Watt. His presence on the defensive side of the ball put this team on the map for the opposition. This defense finds itself in the top projection categories nearly every season, which is something that draws attention to the team.

The team made waves this off-season signing Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu brings a sense of physicality to a secondary that severely lacked this fire the past season. While the secondary was often consistent, their lack of effort late in games spelled heart-breaking defeats more times than the team would like to count. The defense looks to keep their team relevant within each contest, focusing on the narrowing of margins for their offense to overcome. Jadeveon Clowney got some extra run sans Watt the past season, but it seemed as if his game was missing an element. The opposition would double his zones and crack his position. It became a large frustration for the young lineman, which is something that should change once Watt is cleared to return to play.

The offense was an area excelled, but it was only for a short period. Deshaun Watson came out of the gates firing for the team. His numbers were astronomical, returning a form that looked poised and ready to take the league by storm. All good things have to come to an end, and unfortunately, that came far too early for the Texans and Watson. His season-ending injury forced the team into a quarterback roulette that was mostly ineffective and inconsistent. Bringing Watson back to full health is a sign of good things to come for the team. His influence was something all receivers could count on. He trusts his players and his play isn't geared towards one player. All opposing teams know the threat that DeAndre Hopkins is. He has some of the best hands in the game, but the Watson style of play benefits all offensive players. This confuses teams and will often lead to instances of mistake that Watson has the arm to make them pay for.

In the draft, the team went defense first and offense second. Bringing in safety Justin Reid was a good fit for the team. He is a versatile player that can cover both sides of the field. His learning will be boosted via the addition of Mathieu. This addition also opens defensive sets for the team, featuring nickel looks and differing base combinations. The offense got a boost on the line, a protector for Deshaun Watson in Martinas Rankin. The team reached at the tackle position, but this area was very slim in production and depth the past season. He will protect Watson on either side and can even be inserted into the Center position. This versatile lineman is something the team needs to bring a healthy competition at the lineman core. These and other draft picks will find instant insertion into a team that will call for them to vary their playing capabilities. The team's young talent excels at being able to take differing assignments and hit the ground running with them.