Week 3 Review

September 29th, 2015

The Houston Texans get their first win of the season over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The offensive line (version 3) worked great together as a unit opening up running lanes for Alfred Blue who posted a fantastic 39/145/1 line with a 4.5 YPC average.  Another positive note is seeing second year player JaDaveon Clowney playing more snaps, this week he participate in 95% of the defensive snaps.  It appears Clowney is close to having that breakout game.  The sour note of the week came with Randy Bullock missing an extra point & a field goal.  Heading into Week 4 the Texans record is now 1-2 and are tied for 1st place in the AFC South Division.

1.  Jeff Adams designated to Reserve/Injured

Last week on Monday at the team press conference head coach Bill O’Brien announced that offensive lineman Jeff Adams will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.  This is a tough blow to an offensive line group that has very little depth.  Unfortunately the team has already used the Injured Reserve Return designation on Ryan Griffin.  Each NFL team can only use the Return designation on one (1) reserve/injured player.  This will end the season for Jeff Adams, but he is set to be an exclusive right free agent in 2016.  The Texans will be able to bring Adams back at a $600,00 base salary  Jeff Adams has a split salary designation in his contract, so this will affect how we calculate his salary cap charge for the season.  His salary will compose of 3 weeks pro-rated off of a $510,000 base salary and 14 weeks pro-rated off of a $333,000 base salary.  This comes up to $364,235 base salary.  Adams has zero pro-rated bonus money, so this amount will be the salary cap charge for 2015.  Adams will accrue a season since he was on a split salary while in reserve/injured.  The Houston Texans have long been rumored as a player friendly team; and this was on display since the team waited until Saturday to place Adams on Reserve/Injured.  By doing so Adams was able to gain a third credited season by being on the active salary roster for 3 weeks.  A player’s minimum base salary is based on credited seasons.  By waiting and letting Adams gain another credited season of duty, this will increase his base salary in 2016 by $75,000.  The Texans did not have to do this, but chose to do so.  Other examples are the Texans paying full salaries for David Quessenberry & Tom Savage, even though they are not required to do so.

2.  Daryl Richardson signed to Practice Squad

On Wednesday the Texans signed running back Daryl Richardson.  Richardson’s salary will be $92,400 (14 weeks at $6,600 per week).  My theory on this signing was based on Grimes minor injury.  I feel that if Grimes was unable to play against Tampa Bay, Richardson would have been activated to the 53 man roster as the third running back.

3.  Edawn Coughman signed to Practice Squad

Also on Wednesday the Texans signing offensive tackle Edawn Coughman to the Practice Squad.  Coughman’s salary will also be $92,400.  This could be attributed to Duane Brown’s injury, but practice squad signings are common.  Coughman could have been signed to play the role of a specific player of the upcoming team during the week’s practices.

4.  Randy Bullock Waived

Today the Houston Texans announced that kicker Randy Bullock had been released.  Bullock is not a vested veteran so he will not be eligible for termination pay of his salary (discussed in Week 1 Review).  Also with Bullock not being a vested veteran, he will be subject the waivers.  Another team can opt to claim him and take over the remainder of his contract.  Bullock did have $44,527 of pro-rated bonus money remaining in his contract that will shift to the “dead money” column.  The Texans will also need to account for three weeks of salary as “dead money” as well.  Bullock had a $660,000 salary which equals $116,471 of salary paid thus far.  Total dead money incurred will be $160,998.

5.  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

6.  Week 3 Snap Counts

Inactives for the game:  Jaelen Strong (WR), Arian Foster (RB), Duane Brown (OL), Mike Mohamed (LB), Lonnie Ballentine (DB), Xavie

Offense:  90 Plays

Ryan Mallett 90 100%
Brian Hoyer 0 0
Running Back
Alfred Blue 47 52%
Jonathan Grimes 28 31%
Chris Polk 13 14%
Wide Receivers
DeAndre Hopkins 86 96%
Nate Washington 83 92%
Cecil Shorts 60 67%
Keith Mumphrey 6 7%
Chandler Worthy 4 4%
Tight Ends
Garrett Graham 57 63%
C.J. Fiedorowicz 45 50%
Offensive Linemen
Chris Clark 90 100%
Derek Newton 90 100%
Ben Jones 90 100%
Oday Aboushi 90 100%
Kendall Lamm 47 52%
Brandon Brooks 43 48%

Defense:  59 Plays

Defensive Line
J.J. Watt 59 100%
Jared Crick 55 93%
Vince Wilfork 31 53%
Christian Covington 7 12%
Jeoffrey Pagan 4 7%
Brian Cushing 59 100%
JaDaveon Clowney 56 95%
Whitney Mercilus 25 42%
John Simon 23 39%
Bernardrick McKinney 20 34%
Justin Tuggle 14 24%
Akeem Dent 4 7%
Defensive Backs
Quintin Demps 59 100%
Rahim Moore 59 100%
Kareem Jackson 59 100%
Johnathan Joseph 50 85%
Kevin Johnson 36 61%
Eddie Pleasant 21 36%
A.J. Bouye 8 14%

7.  Week 3 Cap Space 

As a result of the three transactions, the Houston Texans entered the third league week with ~$4.402 million in cap space.  Note this does not include the rumored signing of kicker Nick Novak, which should take off about $481k from the cap space on Wednesday.

Troy Chapman


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