February 13th, 2018 at 5:55pm CST by Dallas Robinson
Two AFC South clubs — the Titans and Texans — have finalized their 2018 coaching staffs and announced a few hires that hadn’t been previously reported. Tennessee has retained Luke Steckel (offensive assistant) and hired Matt Edwards (assistant special teams), Scott Booker (defensive assistant), Ryan Crow (defensive assistant) , while Houston had added Will Lawning (offensive assistant/offensive line) and Matt O’Donnell (defensive quality control).
When it was reported late last year that Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz was contemplating retirement, his agent downplayed such talk. Fiedorowicz’s latest comments indicate that retirement is very much on the table.
“A dude knocked me out,” Fiedorowicz told Joe Stevenson of the Northwest Herald. “After eight weeks, when I came back, it was constantly on my mind. I wasn’t always able to play loose and free. It was in my head. Anytime that’s on your mind while you’re playing an NFL football game, you’re in trouble. You can’t play timid. Guys are trying to take your head off, you know?”
Fiedorowicz, 27 in October, is concerned about his long-term well being after suffering three concussions during the 2017 campaign. He’d be walking away from the final two years of his three-year, $21.5MM contract, but that isn’t a major consideration for him.
“I have a backup plan,” he said. “I’ve realized money is not happiness. Money definitely gives you freedom, but I’ve played four years. I’ve accomplished things I wanted to accomplish. It’s more about making my town happy, making my family happy and being able to enjoy the rest of my life.”
Free agent cornerback David Amerson is visiting the Texans on Monday, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). It’s the start of a busy week for the former Raider as he has three more trips scheduled.
There aren’t many quality free agents available in February, but the Raiders gave Amerson a head start when they released him before the guarantee date on his $5.5MM base salary. Amerson is free to sign with any team and there are several with interest. Amerson’s only other confirmed visit so far was with the Bears, but Rapoport indicates that there were other meetings with teams last week.
The Texans, armed with $56MM+ in cap room, have plenty of room in the budget to accommodate someone like Amerson without sacrificing flexibility in March. They also have a clear need for CB help. In 2016, A.J. Bouye broke out for Houston and the team allowed the second-fewest passing yards to opposing teams. Without Bouye in 2017, they ranked 24th.
The Texans had hoped that former first-round pick Kevin Johnson would step into the No. 1 CB role, but injuries held him back and he finished as Pro Football Focus’ lowest-ranked corner. The Texans have Kareem Jackson under contract and pending free agent Johnathan Joseph could be re-signed, but neither player should be the best CB on the roster.
In 2015, Amerson graded out as the 14th best cornerback in the league out of 111 qualified players, according to PFF. He also had a strong 2016 before injuries slowed him down last year.
All charges stemming from D’Onta Foreman‘s 2017 arrest have been dismissed, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). The Texans rookie running back was arrested last July in Austin and was facing marijuana and gun charges.
Foreman ultimately pleaded no contest to “misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for making unreasonable noise,” tweets Wilson. These charges will be dismissed if the player avoids legal issues for 90 days. Foreman was also required to pay a $500 fine and turn in the gun that was found in his car.
“Everybody’s happy,” attorney Chip Lewis said. “They dismissed the cases and let him plea to the disorderly conduct charge. D’Onta is relieved. He’s learned a great deal from this. You have to be very cognizant of what you do and who you do with it.”
According to the attorney, the NFL told Foreman and his agent that he wouldn’t face any disciplinary action if the charges were dismissed (Twitter link).
The former Texas star was selected in the third round of the 2017 draft, and he proceeded to play in 10 games (including one start). Serving as Lamar Miller‘s backup, Foreman ultimately ran for 327 yards and two touchdowns on 78 carries. The rookie’s season ended prematurely after he suffered a torn Achilles in mid-November.
The Texans parted ways with several members of their staff yesterday, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Among those who were let go include assistant director of pro personnel LarryWright, senior director of player engagement SeanWashington, director of sports science ErikKorem and pro scout ToluLasaki.
Despite the Texans blocking the Broncos from interviewing Wes Welker, the Broncos will see their six-year strength and conditioning coach depart for Houston. Luke Richesson will become the Texans’ strength coach, 9News’ Mike Klis reports, with the team set to give him a bigger role than he had in Denver.
February 7th, 2018 at 6:45pm CST by Dallas Robinson
D’Anton Lynn, the son of Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, will be hired as the Texans‘ assistant defensive backs coach, tweets Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. The younger Lynn has followed his father to each of his last three stops, serving as a defensive assistant in New York, Buffalo, and — most recently — Los Angeles. He’ll now work under Houston defensive backs coach Anthony Midget, whom himself was promoted from the assistant job to the full-time role earlier this offseason.
T-9. San Francisco 49ers (6-10) (Note: The Raiders and 49ers have identical records and the same strength of schedule. The tie will be broken by a coin flip with the winner getting pick No. 9 and the other club receiving the No. 10 pick.)
11. Miami Dolphins (6-10)
12. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
13. Washington Redskins (7-9)
14. Green Bay Packers (7-9)
15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)
18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7)
19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
20. Detroit Lions (9-7)
21. Buffalo Bills (9-7)
22. Buffalo Bills (via the 10-6 Kansas City Chiefs)
The Broncos requested permission to interview Texans offensive/special teams assistant Wes Welker for its WRs coach position, per Mike Klis of 9News (via Twitter). Had Denver hired Welker in that capacity, it would have represented a promotion for him, but Houston denied the request. The Broncos hired Zach Azzanni as WRs coach instead.