Week 2 Review

September 22nd, 2015

The league week has just ended and man do we have some topics to cover.  The Texans had five transactions this past week and when combined they all cover various aspects of the different type of designations and roster moves.  Let’s the get the bad news out of the way.  The Texans fell to the Carolina Panthers 27-20 in Charlotte this past Sunday.  The team found themselves in a hole early once again and could not dig their way out to a win.  Jeff Adams incurred a season ending knee injury during the game which has caused yet another shuffle of the offensive line.  We will discuss Adams in next week’s review more in depth.  The Texans will likely bring out Version 3 of the offensive line next Sunday against the Tampa Bay.  One other piece of news, which does not affect the salary cap, was the announcement that NRG Stadium will move to Field Turf for the remainder of the 2015 season.  The organization has not given up on having a grass field, but will use this time to find a better solution to keep a grass field in play for 2016.  The shortcomings of the tray system employed at NRG Stadium has been well documented by various news outlets.

1. Keshawn Martin traded to New England Patriots

On Thursday the team announced a trade with the New England Patriots.  The Texans agreed to send Keshawn Martin & their 2016 6th round draft selection to New England in exchange for New England’s 2016 5th round selection.  Essentially the Texans traded Martin to move up from the upper half of the 6th round into the bottom half of the 5th round.  This should give the team two 5th round draft selections in 2016.  Due to the timing of the trade, the Texans will be on the hook for paying Martin $38,824 which equals one week of Martin’s $660,000 base salary.  New England will pay the remaining 16 weeks of Martin’s salary.  The Texans still need the account for $103,140 in dead pro-rated bonus money.  Martin is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.  I don’t think Martin will fetch much more than the minimum out on the open market in 2016.  It is probably better that the Texans get a draft pick for him in a trade because they likely not receive a compensatory pick for him in 2017.

2.  Chandler Worthy signed to 53 Man Roster

The Texans signed Chandler Worthy from their 10 man practice squad to their 53 man active roster last Wednesday.  First off the make this happen, Worthy must voluntarily terminate his practice squad contract.  He will receive one week worth of practice squad salary, $6,600.  Worthy signed a 3 year contract at the minimum salary amounts.  For 2015 his salary is pro-rated for 16 weeks based on a $435,000 salary.  The team is obligated the pay Worthy a minimum of three weeks salary; but could release him at anytime.  I have not been able to determine if another team was looking at signing Worthy and the Texans signed him to prevent another team from getting him, or the team signed him to bolster the return game.

3.  Aboushi Oday claimed off waivers from New York Jets

On Wednesday the Texans put in a waiver claim for offensive lineman Aboushi Oday.  The Texans were 16th on the waiver order, and was awarded the claim on Oday.  The waiver order reflects the draft order, and remains in that order the first 4 weeks of the regular season.  After that time period the waiver order resets each week inversely based on team winning record.  When a team claims a player the team is also claiming the player’s contract; with the exception of any bonus money already paid out (i.e. signing bonus).  Oday had two years remaining on his current rookie contract.  The Texans will be responsible for paying 16 weeks pro-rated salary based on his $585,000 base salary for 2015.  The New York Jets will have already paid his first week of service.  If the contract had pro-rated signing bonus money, those cap charges would have remained with the previous team as those are already paid out.  If the player were to have weekly roster bonuses, the claiming team would be responsible for those going forward.

4.  Joseph Treadwell signed to & released from the Practice Squad

On Wednesday the Texans announced that OL Joseph Treadwell had been signed to the 10 man practice squad.  Then today the team announced that Treadwell has been released from the practice squad.  This is fairly common in the NFL.  The team will be responsible for one week of practice squad salary, valued at $6,600.  This will be the amount that is accounted for in the salary cap as well.

5.  Zac Dysert released from the Practice Squad

Zac Dysert, quarterback, was signed to the 10 man practice squad back on September 6th, but today was released from the squad.  This move surprised a few people as Dysert was likely running the scout team the past two weeks.  The team will be responsible for two weeks of practice squad salary totaling $13,200.

6.  Weekly Roster Bonuses

The Texans use active game day roster bonuses for many of their top & middle tier players.  The player has an annual roster bonus, which is paid out each week the player is on the 46 man game day active roster.  Arian Foster is the only player that did not earn his weekly roster bonus ($31,250).  The following players did receive their bonus:

Player Name Roster Bonus Amount
Johnathan Joseph $31,250
Brian Cushing $78,125
Kareem Jackson $15,625
Brian Hoyer $31,250
Garrett Graham $15,625
Ryan Mallett $62,500
Rahim Moore $31,250
Akeem Dent $15,625
Cecil Shorts $15,625
Chris Polk $6,250

7.  Week 2 Snap Counts

Offense:   88 Total Plays

Quarterback
Ryan Mallett 88 100%
Brian Hoyer 0 0%
Wide Receivers
DeAndre Hopkins 87 99%
Nate Washington 84 95%
Cecil Shorts 73 83%
Keith Mumphrey 15 17%
Chandler Worthy 8 9%
Running Backs
Chris Polk 43 49%
Alfred Blue 22 25%
Jonathan Grimes 16 18%
Jay Prosch 7 8%
Tight Ends
Garrett Graham 60 68%
C.J. Fiedorowicz 25 28%
Offensive Line
Ben Jones 88 100%
Chris Clark 88 100%
Brandon Brooks 88 100%
Derek Newton 87 99%
Kendall Lamm 46 52%
Jeff Adams 42 48%

Jaelen Strong, Arian Foster, Aboushi Oday, Xavier Su’A-Filo, and Duane Brown was in-active for the game.

Defensive:  78 Total Plays

Defensive Line
J.J. Watt 78 100%
Jared Crick 71 91%
Vince Wilfork 53 68%
Jeoffrey Pagan 9 12%
Christian Covington 8 10%
Linebackers
Brian Cushing 71 91%
JaDaveon Clowney 49 63%
John Simon 43 55%
Whitney Mercilus 35 45%
Justin Tuggle 32 41%
Akeem Dent 29 37%
Bernardrick McKinney 7 9%
Defensive Backs
Rahim Moore 78 100%
Quintin Demps 75 96%
Kareem Jackson 73 94%
Johnathan Joseph 68 87%
Kevin Johnson 53 68%
Eddie Pleasant 18 23%
A.J. Bouye 8 10%

Darryl Morris, Jumal Rolle, Andre Hal, and Carlos Thompson were active for the game but played zero defensive snaps, all 4 did participate in special teams.  Mike Mohamed & Lonnie Ballentine were both in-active.

8.  Cap Space Update after Week 2

After the transactions completed this week, the Texans now have ~$3.911m in available cap space, with 68 contracts.

**I expected the team to play Jeff Adams on Reserve/Injured today but it did not happen.  I will discuss next week why I think the team did this, assuming the team places Adams on Reserve next Tuesday.  It will revolve around the number of credited seasons and how it affects his salary in 2016.  Appears the Texans have been generous once again.**

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