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About Justin Carter - RotoBaller

Justin Carter is PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of North Texas. He writes about the NFL, NBA, and the WNBA here on RotoBaller. If he's not watching those things, he's either teaching college English or watching NASCAR.

Justin Carter - RotoBaller has written 2403 articles so far, you can find them below.


DeAndre Hopkins Has Not Practiced Since August 9

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed practice on Monday, and ESPN's Sarah Barshop is reporting that Hopkins has not practiced for the team since Aug. 9. Hopkins, who did not play in the team's preseason win against the New England Patriots on Saturday, suffered an injury to his hand in the team's preseason opener.... Read More

2 years ago

Bruce Ellington Looks Strong Against Patriots

The Houston Texans were without their top-three wide receivers on Saturday night against New England, but that didn't stop the first-team offense from producing during their time on the field. A major contributor was the recently-signed Bruce Ellington, who had four catches in the game for 93 yards. Ellington looked explosive after the catch as... Read More

3 years ago

D'Onta Foreman Continues Stellar Play for Texans

For the second preseason game in a row, Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman looked like a player who was ready for the NFL. A week after taking nine carries for 76 yards against the Panthers, Foreman picked up where he left off with an impressive display against New England. Though he only ended up... Read More

3 years ago

Tom Savage Thrives Against Patriots, Deshaun Watson Lacks Consistency

If there is a quarterback battle in Houston, Saturday's preseason contest against the New England Patriots went a long way towards settling the debate. Current Texans starter Tom Savage looked outstanding, finishing the game 8-for-9 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Savage looked sharp in his quarter of action despite the team's top three wide receivers... Read More

3 years ago

Deshaun Watson Believes He Can "Control the Offense" in Houston

After three weeks of training camp and one preseason game, Houston Texans quarterback and first-round draft pick Deshaun Watson believes he can "control the offense." Watson believes he has taken a big step forward in head coach Bill O'Brien's system, and O'Brien seems to agree, saying that Watson has looked impressive during joint practice with... Read More

3 years ago


2017 NFL Team Outlook - Houston Texans

At first glance, the 2017 Houston Texans don't look like a fantasy football powerhouse. Despite making the playoffs last season, the team finished 29th in both passing yards and total yards. Behind quarterback Brock Osweiler, the team struggled to move the ball, struggled to score, and struggled to avoid turnovers. In 2017, though, Osweiler is... Read More

3 years ago

DeAndre Hopkins Misses Practice with Hand Injury

Add Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the list of banged-up wide receivers. Hopkins has missed practice all week after suffering a hand injury in the team's preseason opener versus Carolina. Head coach Bill O'Brien says that the injury isn't serious, but the team is being cautious anyway with Hopkins. The situation is worth... Read More

3 years ago

C.J. Fiedorowicz Expected To Be Big Part Of Offense

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien says that tight end CJ Fiedorowicz has improved as a pass catcher and should be a big part of the Texans passing attack in 2017. Fiedorowicz, who split much of his playing time in 2017 with Ryan Griffin, should see the bulk of the playing time at the position... Read More

3 years ago

Alfred Blue Looking More Explosive, Credits Yoga

Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue looked quicker in last Wednesday's preseason game than he has during much of his three-year NFL career, rushing for 33 yards on only five carries. Blue credits this explosiveness to the yoga he started doing during the offseason, saying that it has helped him perform cuts quicker. Blue is... Read More

3 years ago

Braxton Miller has Mild Sprained Ankle

Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller exited last Wednesday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers with an undisclosed injury. After nearly a week of mystery, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that Miller is dealing with a mild ankle sprain. The injury is not expected to keep Miller sidelined for long, though the team has... Read More

3 years ago


Deshaun Watson Receives First-Team Reps in Practice, Tom Savage Still The Starter

For the first time in training camp, Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was taking snaps with the first-team offense, though head coach Bill O'Brien says not to read too much into it. O'Brien attributed the repetitions to the way the team rotated the offensive line during practice, but it's worth noting that Watson had... Read More

3 years ago

Tyler Ervin Sees Reps At Wide Receiver

Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus reports that Houston Texans running back Tyler Ervin, who has seen time at running back and as a returner during training camp, took eight snaps with Houston's first-team in Sunday's practice, all eight of which were either in the slot or split out wide. Ervin had three receptions last... Read More

3 years ago

Texans Linebacker Zach Cunnigham Improves with Help of Veterans

Houston Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham will return to the second string for the team's preseason game against New England, but that doesn't mean the rookie won't be a big part of Houston's defense this season. Cunningham has been impressing coaches and teammates at training camp and credits some of his quick learning to the team's... Read More

3 years ago

Texans Sign Receiver Bruce Ellington

With Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (collarbone) out for at least the next two months and Braxton Miller currently sidelined with an undisclosed injury, the Texans were in dire need of wide receiver depth. They attempted to fix that on Friday by signing former 49er Bruce Ellington. Ellington, who missed 2016 with a hamstring... Read More

3 years ago

D'Onta Foreman Stands Out in First Preseason Game

Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman is currently third on the depth chart, but that could change if he continues to play like he did in the team's preseason opener. Foreman, a rookie out of the University of Texas, carried the ball nine times on Wednesday night. Those nine carries produced 76 yards, including one... Read More

3 years ago


Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson Impress in Preseason Opener

If the Houston Texans were hoping that their first preseason opener would provide some clarity in regards to their quarterback situation, Wednesday's game did not deliver that. If they were looking for promising signs that the offense could function with either quarterback -- presumptive starter Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson -- then the team... Read More

3 years ago

Bill O'Brien Focusing on Quarterback Play in Preseason Opener

With the Houston Texans playing their first preseason game Wednesday, head coach Bill O'Brien says he is paying close attention to how the team's quarterbacks -- especially starter Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson -- perform during the game. O'Brien says he is looking to see that both quarterbacks have "good operation of the offense"... Read More

3 years ago

All Healthy Texans to Play in Preseason Opener

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien announced a few days ago that defensive end J.J. Watt would play in Wednesday's preseason opener, but today he took that one step further by announcing that every healthy member of the team will be available for the game. The question of who should play in preseason games and... Read More

3 years ago

Tom Savage to Start Preseason Opener

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien announced that quarterback Tom Savage will be the starting quarterback for the Texans' preseason opener on Wednesday. Though this doesn't come as a surprise -- Savage has taken all the first-team repetitions in training camp -- it still helps clarify Houston's quarterback picture. Savage is the starter for the... Read More

3 years ago

J.J. Watt Expected to Play in Preseason Opener

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt only played in three games last season after suffering a back injury. Heading into 2017, many wondered if Watt would be ready to go when the season began. Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien took a major step toward answering that by announcing that Watt will suit... Read More

3 years ago


Texans Release Initial Depth Chart

Ahead of their first preseason game next Wednesday night, the Houston Texans have released their first depth chart of the 2017 season. Though Houston head coach Bill O'Brien cautioned the media to not read too much into this depth chart -- it still includes the injured Will Fuller -- it's worth looking at some notable... Read More

3 years ago

DeAndre Hopkins Believes Tom Savage Should Be Starting Quarterback

Coming only a couple of days after reports that Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was impressing the entire organization at training camp, star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins says that he believes Savage should be the team's starting quarterback when the 2017 season begins. Hopkins told ESPN that he puts his "stamp" on Savage as the... Read More

3 years ago

Jaelen Strong Looking to Step Up in Will Fuller's Absence

One player who should see an increase in playing time during the early part of 2017 is Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong. Strong, who is entering his third season, showed some promise in 2015, converting his 14 catches into three touchdowns, but didn't show much improvement last season. That could change in 2017 with... Read More

3 years ago

Tyler Ervin Showing Promise at Texans Camp

Houston Texans second-year running back Tyler Ervin has impressed coaches and observers at Texans training camp thus far. Ervin barely saw the field on offense last season -- he finished with only one carry -- but he carved out a role on special teams, returning 27 punts for the Texans. With Will Fuller injured, Ervin... Read More

3 years ago

Tom Savage Looking Strong at Texans Camp

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage is looking like "a preseason All-Pro" so far in Texans camp. Though much of the talk around the team over the past week has focused on the strides being made by rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, McClain says that coaches and other players... Read More

3 years ago


Bill O'Brien Praises Rookie Quarterback Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien had some high praise for rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson on Tuesday, saying that "Deshaun is ahead of any rookie quarterback I've ever been around." Though all signs still point to Tom Savage as the starter when the NFL season begins, O'Brien has spent much of the first week of... Read More

3 years ago

The Perfect Pair - Two Mid-round QBs Who Can Combine for QB1 Value

In my home league for fantasy football, I've adopted the strategy of avoiding all the top quarterbacks. Some guy I knew in college is definitely going to pick Drew Brees three rounds early and someone else is going to think picking Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady is a tremendous value--they'll never have to worry about the... Read More

3 years ago

Texans Sign Safety Marcus Gilchrist

If there was one major red flag in regards to the Houston Texans defense coming into 2017, it is the secondary. With the departure of cornerback A.J. Bouye and safety Quintin Demps, there were major concerns about how the team would perform in pass coverage. Some of those fears are assuaged by the signing of... Read More

3 years ago

Will Fuller Shows Signs of Improvement

After a season in which he constantly flashed his speed and showed off his route-running abilities but struggled repeatedly with drops, Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is looking to be even stronger in 2017. The second-year player who started 2016 off strong with a pair of 100-yard games had issues down the stretch for... Read More

3 years ago

Braxton Miller Impresses at Texans Camp

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, second-year Houston Texans receiver Braxton Miller has looked impressive so far in training camp. Head coach Bill O'Brien said of Miller that he has "become a better route runner." O'Brien's system is often talked about as a difficult one to learn. With improved route running, the team... Read More

3 years ago


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