Week 15 Review

December 21st, 2015

I know I know…where is the Week 14 review?  Unfortunately work and family had me very busy last week so I was unable to complete the Week 14 salary cap review.  Week 14 was pretty disappointing with the loss to New England, Hoyer getting another concussion, and zero transactions made by the team.  So we push on through to the Week 15 salary cap review.  The Texans were able to scrap together a win against the Indianapolis Colts…in Indianapolis!  This win marks the first time in franchise history the Texans have traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium and came out with a victory.  16-10 was the final score of what was a ugly offensive performance by both teams.  The Texans had two turnovers in their first two drives with one coming in the redzone, and the second on their own end of the field.  The defense held up their end of the bargain by keeping the Colts to only 10 points despite the many holes the offense put them in.  To make matters worse T.J. Yates tore his ACL late in the first half on a first down scramble.  This brought in the 4th quarterback of the season in Brandon Weeden.  Weeden was able to do what you ask of any back up to do…do not turnover the ball.  Weeden finished the game with 11/18 for 105 yards with 1 touchdown.  Alfred Blue had a wonderful game totaling 107 yards on 20 attempts, including a 41 yard rush in the 3rd quarter.

The Texans completed two roster transactions this week.

1.  T.J. Yates (QB) to the Reserve Injured List

Bill O’Brien confirmed today that Yates had torn his left ACL and will be placed on IR ending his season.  We will move his $438,235 salary cap charge to the Reserve Injured list.  There will be no change to the salary cap on this transaction.  Yates will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

2.  B.J. Daniels (QB) signed to the Active Roster

B.J. Daniels was signed off the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.  Daniels was listed as a wide receiver but played quarterback in college.  Daniels was converted to wide receiver by Seattle.  This is an interesting signing.  Daniels will likely be the back up QB for Week 16.  Daniels could also be utilized in Wild Cat formations and read option plays.  Daniels does not have lightning speed, but he is fast enough to get the job done for what the Texans may ask of him.  I do believe that Daniels will be moved back to Wide Receiver full time come 2016 training camp.  Daniels was signed to a two year contract with a base rate of $510,000 in 2015 & $600,000 in 2016.  Daniels will have a $60,000 salary cap charge for the 2015 season.  Daniels will be a restricted free agent in 2017.

3.  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.  Rahim Moore, Brian Hoyer, and Garrett Graham were inactive and did not receive their respective roster bonus.  The following players did receive their bonus:

Player Name Roster Bonus Amount
Johnathan Joseph $31,250
Brian Cushing $78,125
Cecil Shorts $15,625
Kareem Jackson $15,625
Chris Polk $6,250

4.  Week 15 Snap Counts

Offense:  76 Plays

Brandon Weeden 43 57%
T.J. Yate 33 43%
Alfred Blue 35 46%
Jonathan Grimes 22 29%
Jay Prosch 16 21%
Akeem Hunt 14 18%
Chris Polk 8 11%
Wide Receiver
DeAndre Hopkins 74 97%
Nate Washington 55 72%
Jaelen Strong 44 58%
Cecil Shorts 8 11%
Keith Mumphrey 3 4%
Tight End
Ryan Griffin 35 46%
C.J. Fiedorowicz 32 42%
Offensive Linemen
Duane Brown 76 100%
Brandon Brooks 76 100%
Ben Jones 76 100%
Xavier Su’A-Filo 76 100%
Derek Newton 70 92%
Kendall Lamm 21 28%
Chris Clark 6 8%

Defense:  54 Plays

Defensive Linemen
J.J. Watt 54 100%
Jared Crick 44 81%
Vince Wilfork 41 76%
Brandon Dunn 4 7%
Brian Cushing 54 100%
JaDaveon Clowney 44 81%
Bernardrick McKinney 32 59%
Whitney Mercilus 28 52%
John Simon 20 37%
Max Bullough 8 15%
Defensive Backs
Quintin Demps 54 100%
Kareem Jackson 54 100%
Johnathan Joseph 54 100%
Andre Hal 53 98%
Kevin Johnson 28 52%
Eddie Pleasant 14 26%
A.J. Bouye 8 15%

Active Special Teams (no offensive/defensive snaps):  Charles James (DB), Brian Peters (LB), Akeem Dent (LB), Kurtis Drummond (DB), Shane Lechler (P), Nick Novak (K), Jon Weeks (LS).

Active but Did Not Play:   Jeoffrey Pagan (DL)

Inactives:  Brian Hoyer (QB), Darryl Morris (DB), Rahim Moore (DB), Justin Tuggle (LB), Oday Aboushi (OL), Garrett Graham (TE), Christian Covington (DL).

5.  Salary Cap Space Update

Going into Week 16 of the NFL Regular season the Texans have approximately ~$2.788 million in cap space.



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