Texans Training Camp Capsule
HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Houston.
LAST YEAR: Used nine-game winning streak to dig out of early hole and become first team since 1998 to reach playoffs after 0-3 start...
Patriots Training Camp Capsule
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-5)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Foxborough, Massachusetts.
LAST YEAR: Won their sixth NFL title since 2001 season, beating Rams 13-3 in lowest-scoring Super Bowl....
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots have re-signed defensive back Jonathan Jones and signed receiver Demaryius Thomas.
In adding Thomas, the Patriots pick up a player who can potentially...
Demaryius Thomas pleads guilty to careless driving
DENVER (AP) — Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has pleaded guilty to careless driving in a February crash in downtown Denver.
DENVER (AP) — Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans receiver Demaryius Thomas is facing a felony charge of vehicular assault stemming from a crash earlier this month.
Demaryius Thomas involved in rollover crash in Denver
DENVER (AP) — Denver police say veteran NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas crashed his vehicle near downtown early Saturday.
Police say Thomas' vehicle rolled over and ended up on a grassy median after he apparently lost control at around 12:20 a.m. A female passenger sustained possible serious injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening. Thomas and a male passenger suffered minor injuries. All three were taken to the hospital.
Broncos turn over coach/quarterback duo again
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — In just about every season he's been in charge of football operations in Denver, John Elway has had to address major concerns at one or both of the two most consequential positions in the NFL: head coach and quarterback.
This offseason, he made changes at both spots, hiring Vic Fangio and acquiring Joe Flacco in a trade that will become official next month when the league's new year begins.
Texans release injured WR Demaryius Thomas
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have released veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, whose 2018 season ended prematurely when he tore his left Achilles tendon.
Thomas played seven games for Houston last season, making 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He was acquired in October from Denver for a fourth-round draft pick to fill in after Will Fuller tore a knee ligament. The Texans and Broncos also switched seventh-round selections for this year's draft.
Wide receiver Keke Coutee active for Texans against Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston wide receiver Keke Coutee is active for the Texans for Saturday's wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury.
His return is a big boost to a Houston receiving group that has been hit hard by injuries, including season-ending injuries to Will Fuller and Demaryius Thomas.
Deshaun Watston, Texans rally to beat Jets 29-22
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Deshaun Watson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 2:15 left, lifting the Houston Texans to a 29-22 comeback victory over Sam Darnold and the New York Jets on Saturday night.
After Darnold and Jets took their first lead of the game on Elijah McGuire's 2-yard touchdown run, Watson and the Texans (10-4) answered right back.
Case Keenum finds comfort level in Denver’s offense
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Case Keenum has a simple answer for why none of his passes were picked off in November after throwing interceptions in each of his first eight games as the Denver Broncos' new quarterback.
"I'm throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team," Keenum said. "Who knew?"
It's actually more than just Keenum taking care of the football.
"I just think he's getting comfortable with the system," receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.
Texans beat Titans 34-17 for team-record 8th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans wanted to honor their late owner and founder Robert "Bob" McNair, who died last week at age 81.
They knew the perfect way to do that Monday night was to keep their winning streak going.
Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight victory, 34-17 over the Tennessee Titans.
Thomas used bye week to catch up for 2nd game with Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — While most of his new teammates were relaxing on beaches or attending football games at their universities during Houston's bye week, Demaryius Thomas was at NRG Stadium studying the playbook and watching film.
Thomas, who was acquired from Denver on Oct. 30, didn't have the luxury of a break. The receiver had too much to catch up on after struggling at times in his Texans debut in a 19-17 win over his former team just five days after the trade.
Joseph says Broncos, bitter Thomas need to move on
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vance Joseph says the Broncos and former Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas both need to just move on from their recent breakup.
Thomas wins homecoming as Texans escape Denver 19-17
DENVER (AP) — For the first time in his life, Demaryius Thomas celebrated Brandon McManus missing a field goal.
Thomas won his hasty homecoming Sunday when his ex-teammate's windless 51-yard attempt drifted wide right, allowing the Houston Texans to escape Denver with 19-17 win .
Texans’ Thomas makes quick return trip to Denver
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos may have lost a respected voice when they traded former captain Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans on Tuesday, but they certainly didn't lose any of their gift of gab.
Texans-Broncos Preview Capsule
HOUSTON (5-3) at DENVER (3-5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE — Broncos by 1 ½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Houston 3-5, Denver 3-4-1
SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 4-2
LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Texans 27-9 on Oct. 24, 2016
LAST WEEK — Texans beat Dolphins 42-23; Broncos lost at Chiefs 30-23
AP PRO32 RANKING — Texans No. 10, Broncos No. 23
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (11), PASS (18).
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (7), PASS (12).
BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (7), PASS (20).
FANTASY PLAYS: New key roles for those left after NFL trades
This has been one of the more active NFL trade deadlines for fantasy purposes.
Fans of Houston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are assuredly excited by their new players, picking up Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate and Ty Montgomery. However, it's the teams that traded those players that will likely provide the most opportunity for fantasy value.
Undefeated Rams make splash at deadline trading for Fowler
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL's lone undefeated team has just made an already dominant defensive front even deeper.
The Los Angeles Rams swapped a pair of draft picks for Jaguars pass rusher Dante Fowler on Tuesday, adding the third overall pick in 2015 to a defense already stocked with Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers and Mark Barron for the most surprising move at the NFL trade deadline.
Broncos trade wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to Texans
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas' trade from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans wasn't so much a good-bye as a see-you-later.
As in Sunday, when the Texans (5-3) visit the Broncos (3-5).
"I thought about it, yeah," general manager John Elway said Tuesday. "But, ultimately, we had to look past that and (we) thought that it wouldn't affect our game."
Demaryius Thomas bracing for trade out of Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas is bracing for a trade after Denver slipped to 3-5 midway through his ninth NFL season.
Thomas, the Broncos' longest-tenured player, put the odds at "50-50" that he'll be summoned into general manager John Elway's office by the trade deadline Tuesday afternoon to learn whose jersey he'll be wearing next.
Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas takes trade rumors in stride
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The longest-tenured Bronco isn't sure if he'll be in Denver much longer as rumors swirl that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is available as the NFL's trade deadline approaches next week.
"It's football. It's a business. That's what happens," Thomas said Monday of the trade buzz. "That's what happens. It's happened before. I never think it would happen to me. But I'm just like everybody else. I'm an athlete and it happens once you get older."
Broncos revert to 2017 troubles in first road game
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Things got so bad at Baltimore for the Denver Broncos that left tackle Garett Bolles had more tackles than Von Miller.
Keenum and Thomas haven’t found a rhythm yet
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — As a combo, the Denver Broncos' two highest-paid players aren't exactly money yet.
Although Demaryius Thomas caught the winning touchdown pass from Case Keenum in their opener, the pair making a combined $27 million this season have 10 missed connections so far.
That's almost as many connections — 11 for 81 yards — as they've made together.
Broncos find rhythm, chemistry with Keenum under center
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — For the first time since 2014, the Denver Broncos spent their summer without a job-share arrangement at quarterback, something they expect to give them a big boost Sunday when they open against the Seattle Seahawks with Case Keenum under center .
Okung raises fist; Marshall, Thomas not on field for anthem
DENVER (AP) — Linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas weren't with their teammates on the sideline for the national anthem prior to the Denver Broncos' game against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night.
Marshall and Thomas emerged from the tunnel behind the Broncos' bench after the anthem was over.
In Arizona, Los Angeles Chargers starting left tackle Russell Okung raised his fist during the anthem prior to the team's game against the Cardinals.
Broncos’ 2018 draft class already earning high praise
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton are the Denver Broncos' new safety valves, applying the pressure but also relieving the burden on veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders .
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed Mark Chapman, a rookie wide receiver from Central Michigan University who was the top overall selection in the 2018 Canadian Football League draft.
Chapman didn't sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and now is taking a longshot at playing in the NFL, an opportunity that arose after two receivers failed to report to training camp this week.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos held linebacker Shane Ray out of workouts Monday due to a sore wrist.
Ray broke his left wrist in July and underwent three surgeries that caused him to miss the opening six games in 2017. He had one sack over the next eight contests before going back on injured reserve.
Denver coach Vance Joseph said Ray's wrist was irritated and the team is "taking it slow. Just being smart with guys. It's the spring."
Broncos add 2 big bangers on offense in Sutton, Freeman
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — On Day 2 of the NFL draft, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway began fixing the mess on offense, selecting two big bangers in SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton in the second round and Oregon running back Royce Freeman in the third.
"Well, we got better on the offensive side, no question," Elway said Friday night after adding Sutton (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) and Freeman (6-foot, 238 pounds).
Broncos need to bolster anemic offense on Day 2
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Now that Von Miller has his new pass rushing partner, John Elway knows he needs to give Case Keenum and Demaryius Thomas some help on offense.
The Denver Broncos' general manager grabbed the top-ranked defensive player in the NFL draft Thursday night when North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb fell to Denver at No. 5.
Denver Broncos free agency capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: ILBs Todd Davis and Corey Nelson; DEs Jared Crick and Billy Wynn; QB Brock Osweiler; WR Cody Latimer; TE Virgil Green; RB Jamaal Charles; OL Allen Barbre; OT Donald Stephenson; G Billy Turner.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Shaquil Barrett; WR Bennie Fowler; C Matt Paradis.
Broncos rule out receivers Sanders and Latimer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Injured wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer didn't make the Denver Broncos' trip to Washington and will miss Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Sanders has been dealing with a sprained ankle and Latimer a bruised thigh. They were listed as questionable this week.
Claiborne, Forte sit out practice for Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne and running back Matt Forte were among a handful of players who sat out practice with injuries.
Claiborne has been dealing with a sprained right foot since late October and says Wednesday that his performance against Denver last Sunday was embarrassing. He says he was limping throughout, but assured coaches he was OK because he didn't want to come out.
Demaryius Thomas can still be a wrecking ball for Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Approaching 30, Demaryius Thomas isn't the same wide receiver who combined breakaway speed and superior size to join Tory Holt and Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history with five consecutive 90-catch, 1,000-yard seasons.
That streak is in jeopardy and his 11.3-yard average per catch is the lowest of his eight-year pro career.
Punt returner Jordan Taylor sparks the Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Named the Denver Broncos' punt returner before the preseason even began, rookie Isaiah McKenzie could hold on to neither the football nor the job.
After six fumbles by McKenzie, Jordan Taylor has come to the rescue.
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced Monday that he's sticking with Brock Osweiler as his starting quarterback despite his pair of costly interceptions in Denver's 51-23 flop in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Broncos star receiver Thomas hasn’t scored in nearly a year
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas is on pace for his usual 1,000-yard season but the Denver Broncos' star receiver is closing in on another landmark that's both unwanted and unfathomable.
It's been nearly a year since Thomas' last touchdown catch.
Broncos excited about boost Jake Butt will provide
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Trevor Siemian broke into a wide grin when asked about seeing Jake Butt line up and finally run some routes this week.
The versatile tight end from Michigan blew out his right knee against Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Now healthy, he could be the elixir for much of what's ailing a sputtering offense that's managed a single touchdown in each of the Broncos' last three games.
Broncos insist star receivers will get their chances
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" after Mike McCoy returned this year for a second stint as the Broncos' offensive architect.
It hasn't exactly been nirvana for Sanders and fellow star Demaryius Thomas so far.
Blanketed by defensive backs, the veteran receivers have combined for just 38 catches and two touchdowns.
Sanders has both of the scores but his 20 catches for 190 yards work out to 9.5 yards per catch, well below his career average of 13.4.
1.DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Browns
Mike McCoy faces Chargers to begin 2nd stint in Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Mike McCoy is calling the plays again instead of the shots. His second stint as Denver's offensive coordinator begins Monday night against the Chargers, the team that fired him as their head coach nine months ago.
McCoy won't say it, but wide receiver Demaryius Thomas thinks McCoy would like to stick it to his former team.
Broncos take a depleted roster to California
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are taking a depleted roster to San Francisco, where they'll practice twice with the 49ers in advance of their preseason game Saturday.
"I know we're going to compete, but the main thing is keeping both sides healthy," receiver Demaryius Thomas said. "We've had some people go down."
Another guy trying to prove himself at camp is former Louisiana Tech receiver Carlos Henderson. The rookie is making some noise in Denver though, scoring three touchdowns at Broncos practice Thursday and continuing to impress ever since the pads came on.
Henderson knows what he needs to do to make the Broncos roster and is looking at veteran Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders for guidance.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Patience, people.
Pro Bowl receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders recently added their voices to the din of Broncos fans calling for a quick resolution to Denver's quarterback quandary .
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has a little extra spring in his step in these offseason workouts.
That's what a healthy hip will do. Same with having back his old offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, who will feature a more uptempo, receiver-friendly style in his second go-around with the Denver Broncos.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos spent four of their last five offseasons working out long-term deals with players they had franchised: Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, Ryan Clady and Matt Prater.
There aren't any looming hefty deals bogging down the front office this year, but there is a simmering contract dispute: kicker Brandon McManus hasn't signed his $2.7 million tender in the hopes that agent Drew Rosenhaus can get him a long-term deal.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" back when he joined the Broncos in 2014. He's counting on Mike McCoy bringing back nirvana to the Rocky Mountains in 2017.
Running routes called by Adam Gase and catching passes from Peyton Manning, Sanders posted career highs with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Broncos.