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|
4. Week 15 Snap Counts
Offense: 76 Plays
Defense: 54 Plays
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.