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  • HOU Running Back #28
    Ryans added, “I’m not worried about Joe,” to reiterate his confidence in his veteran running back. There haven’t been any reports of an injury to Mixon, but his absence is intriguing when considering they have worked out a handful of veteran backs over the last few days, and recently signed Cam Akers. The team appears unconcerned about Mixon at this time, giving us little to go on here. Unless we hear otherwise, we’ll assume Mixon will be back practicing with the team soon and that this is little more than a blip on the training camp radar.
  • HOU Linebacker #48
    Harris isn’t practicing with the team in the early stages of training camp. The third-year linebacker, who totaled 101 tackles and two sacks, is instead observing from the sideline as he works his way back to the field. According to Wilson, Harris “is expected back relatively soon,” so we won’t read too much into this for now. Harris turned in a career year last season and is expected to help anchor a Texans defense that ranked 11th in points allowed per game (20.8) in 2023.
  • HOU Running Back #28
    It’s the latest sign that Mixon, 27, who signed a three-year contract extension with Houston this offseason, will be the team’s unquestioned primary back in 2024. Though Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans recently said Mixon and Dameon Pierce will be a “one-two punch,” all indications point to Mixon as the lead back who will see high-leverage touches in the ascendant Houston offense. Mixon totaled more than 1,200 yards in each of his final three years with the Bengals. Pierce in 2023 was among the worst running backs in the NFL, averaging 2.8 yards per carry. He’ll be a backfield insurance option in Mixon misses time this season. The team recently added journeyman Cam Akers to the backfield.
  • HOU Running Back #31
    Returning from his second torn Achilles in three years, Akers will now look to make the Texans’ 53-man roster this summer. The former second-round pick struggled last season while splitting time between the Rams and Vikings, running for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 60 carries (2.8 YPC) before seeing his season come to an end in Week 9 against the Falcons. Even if he makes the Texans’ roster, Akers will presumably be buried behind Joe Mixon and Dameon Pierce on the depth chart. As of now, this signing doesn’t move the fantasy needle for any of the three backs.
  • FA Running Back #31
    Akers, 25, has suffered two torn Achilles since 2021 and last played with the Vikings for part of last season. The four-year pro struggled to the tune of 60-167-2 (2.8 YPC), appearing to be a shell of what he once was. If Akers signs with the Texans, it won’t be as anything more than as a camp body who has a chance to make the 53-man roster in camp. He’s a long way from having any fantasy upside even if he does land on a roster this season.
  • Running Back #34
    KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson reports the Texans worked out free agent RB Deon Jackson.
    Jackson split last season between the Browns and Giants. He totaled just 30 scoreless yards from scrimmage on 19 touches and hasn’t amassed more than 98 touches in a season since being signed as a UDFA by the Colts in 2021. If he were to sign with the Texans, Jackson would likely need to show flashes on special teams to secure his spot on the roster.
  • HOU Wide Receiver #3
    Asked by a reporter if he is ready to contribute on special teams, Dell said, “Am I ready? I’m ready for everything, you know?” HC DeMeco Ryans furthered the point, adding “With the new kickoff rule, I think you’ll see a lot of teams using many more skill players at the return position.” His goal is to find out” who’s best at really creating explosive plays” as a returner. The Texans passing offense generated explosive, 15-plus-yard plays at the league’s third-highest rate (16.7 percent) last year so it comes as no surprise that Ryans’ goal remains the same on special teams. Should Dell win the role, his return usage would provide a slight edge in leagues that award points for special teams production.
  • Anderson established himself as an elite edge defender in year one, taking home 2023 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. His 16.4 percent pass-rush win rate and 16.2 percent quarterback pressure rate rank top 12 positionally (min. 420 pass-rushing snaps) and he led the Texans run defense with 12 tackles for loss or no gain. The weight gain should make it more difficult for blockers to displace him and the Texans notably lost two of their top three run-defense tacklers in free agency. Anderson’s transformation a positive offseason development in this regard.
  • HOU Quarterback #7
    After an impressive rookie season in which he threw for 4,108-23-5 while walking away with Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, Stroud is looking for more this season. Per PFF, Stroud led all quarterbacks with a 9.4 ADOT last season (min. 300 dropbacks), but ranked 14th in deep attempts (57). With that in mind, Stroud’s deep completion percentage (56.1 percent) was second only to Brock Purdy, while his 1,111 yards on said attempts also ranked second. Stroud has an explosive wide receiver corps that includes Nico Collins, Stefon Diggs, and Tank Dell. More deep shots from last year’s ADOT leader is exactly the kind of thing fantasy managers want to hear heading into the season.
  • HOU Tackle #71
    A knee injury suffered in late November ended Howard’s 2023 season, as the veteran tackle required surgery to correct the issue. While we don’t know the specifics of the injury, we do know that Howard was sidelined for the majority of OTAs and minicamp while recovering. Now appearing healthy to kick off the first day of training camp, it looks as if Howard is nearing a full return in the coming days.