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2018 Schedule
6-3, 1st in AFC South
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7dJeff Legwold

Broncos' Joseph on Thomas: He's got to move on

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he was "disappointed" in Demaryius Thomas' comments about how the team handled his trade to the Texans, but added, "He's no longer a Bronco, and I can't spend any time worrying about that."

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8dJeff Legwold

Thomas airs grievances after trade from Broncos

Demaryius Thomas said Monday he was misled by the Broncos about the possibility of a trade, was asked to surrender playing time in favor of the team's rookie wide receivers and that it was "heartbreaking" he was not a team captain.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson and the Texans' offense had an up and down first half, but Houston leads the Broncos 16-10 at halftime. Watson completed 12 of 15 passes in the first half for 148 yards and two touchdowns. With those two touchdown passes, Watson is now the third player in NFL history with at least 35 passing touchdowns through his first 16 career games, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He joins Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Broncos are showing a video honoring Demaryius Thomas and his time in Denver. Lots of cheers for the new Texans receiver.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Johnathan Joseph is inactive for the Texans against the Broncos. Other inactives: WR Keke Coutee, CB Aaron Colvin, S Andre Hal, ILB Zach Cunningham, DE Joel Heath and CB Deante Burton.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) and CB Aaron Colvin (ankle) have been ruled OUT for Sunday's game in Denver. Expect to see Tyler Ervin in the slot and DeAndre Hopkins to get the majority of targets, even with new Texans WR Demaryius Thomas on the roster.

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13dFrancis Okupa, special to KweséESPN

'Late bloomer' Ejiofor learning at the feet of JJ Watt

Houston Texans' pass rusher Duke Ejiofor is learning from some of the best in the league at his position while also finding his footing as a professional, though he still enjoys the comforts of home.

Young: Thomas will have big impact on Watson (0:45)
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14dSarah Barshop

Watson says Texans will keep rolling with Thomas

With the Texans trading for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to fill the void left by Will Fuller's knee injury, quarterback Deshaun Watson said Wednesday that "nothing, really, should stop the train."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Demaryius Thomas is in a Texans uniform for the first time. He will wear No. 87 in Houston after he could not keep his No. 88 due to NFL rules.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said the Texans will "more than likely" start the 21-day window to add RB D'Onta Forman to the active roster after the bye week. Foreman tore his Achilles in late November and has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp.

15d

Adam Schefter Podcast: Wild Deadline Day, Week 9 Brilliance, Vinatieri

Adam Schefter shares his thoughts on a crazy start to the week, chats with Darren Woodson about the trade deadline (7:52), examines Week 9's best matchups with Evan Kaplan (24:31) and re-visits his conversation with the NFL's new all-time leading scorer, Adam Vinatieri (34:34).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Broncos trading Demaryius Thomas to the Texans, look for the target volume to jump for Courtland Sutton. The rookie out of SMU has the size and catch radius to make plays on 50/50 throws. And he's averaging 19.1 yards per reception this season. Denver can create matchups with Sutton in the vertical route tree, while using play-action concepts to target the rookie on middle of the field throws.

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

Demaryius Thomas' fantasy value shouldn't change much after he was traded to Houston. His target share should be about the same and he'll still be second in line in terms of priority (now behind DeAndre Hopkins). The Houston offense is more explosive than the one in Denver thanks to the presence of Deshaun Watson, of course, so Thomas is best-viewed as a back-end WR3. In Denver, 2018 second-round pick Courtland Sutton is positioned for big uptick in targets with Thomas out of the way. Sutton has been used as a situational deep threat so far this season, but now joins the weekly WR3 conversation in fantasy. Keep an eye on fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton, as well, as he could make some noise as the team's No. 3 receiver once recovered from a knee injury.

Team Stats

Passing Yards248.918th
Rushing Yards120.211th
Points For24.016th
Points Against20.47th