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The Texans promoted Auclair to their active roster Tuesday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Auclair has been elevated for both games this season and provided value as a stout run-blocking tight end. With Tyrod Taylor and Nico Collins on IR, he will likely have a spot on the active roster for the next few weeks.
Sep 21, 2021 1:35 PM EST
Auclair (eye) has reverted back to the Texans' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Auclair got knocked out of Sunday's loss to the Browns after suffering an eye injury. He played in just two offensive snaps without recording any stats before exiting.
Sep 20, 2021 6:38 PM EST
Auclair (eye) has been declared out of Sunday's game against the Browns.
Analysis: Auclair's absence leaves the Texans tight end group thin. It's down to Pharaoh Brown and Jordan Akins for the rest of the contest.
Sep 19, 2021 12:21 PM EST
Auclair (eye) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Browns.
Analysis: Auclair has been elevated from the practice squad before each of the first two games of the season. He hasn't recorded a catch in his limited action as he has mostly been relegated to blocking duties. The severity of the injury is uncertain.
Sep 19, 2021 12:08 PM EST
Auclair was elevated from the practice squad Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Auclair surprisingly was listed as the team's starting tight end Week 1 alongside Pharaoh Brown. No one tight end actually recorded a catch in that contest as the aforementioned duo were simply relegated to blocking duties. That might change with a difficult Week 2 matchup against the Browns on tap.
Sep 18, 2021 2:11 PM EST
Auclair started but was not targeted in Sunday's 37-21 win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Auclair was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster a day prior to the regular-season opener and added to the starting lineup along with Pharaoh Brown. Both are considered good blocking tight ends, and the Texans plan to be a run-heavy team, so his presence makes sense. Jordan Akins and rookie Brevin Jordan (inactive, coach's decsion) do not bring the same level of blocking acumen. It's very likely Auclair, who played played 33 snaps (42 percent), will not have a significant role if/when the Texans play from behind.
Sep 13, 2021 7:30 AM EST
Auclair was elevated from the Texans' practice squad ahead of Sunday's Week 1 matchup against the Jaguars, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Auclair will provide depth at tight end in Sunday's season opener. He recorded just one reception for 11 yards in 16 appearances across the last two seasons with the Buccaneers.
Sep 11, 2021 7:26 PM EST
Auclair was released by Houston on Tuesday.
Analysis: Auclair entered a fairly wide open tight end race when he signed with the Texans during the offseason. However, it looks like he failed to make enough of an impression with the team during his time there. The 28-year-old is now set to look for a new landing spot.
Aug 31, 2021 5:17 PM EST
Auclair is signing a contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: It appears to be pretty much anyone's ballgame for the starting tight end job in Houston following the release of veteran starter Darren Fells this offseason. Auclair saw the majority of his reps on special teams last year in Tampa Bay and failed to catch his lone target on the season. Perhaps a change of scenery can jolt the fifth-year pro's career.
Apr 6, 2021 8:31 PM EST
Auclair failed to bring in his only target over eight games during the 2020 regular season, logging 70 snaps overall from scrimmage and another 83 on special teams.
Analysis: The fourth-year pro mostly toiled in anonymity again in 2020, arguably more so than in his first three seasons, when he at least got on the board with a minimum of one reception. Auclair's snap count on both offense and special teams were both career lows, and when he was in uniform, it was for his solid run-blocking and special teams play. The depth chart simply got to steep for Auclair to navigate this past season, as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate proved capable of handling pass-catching duties at tight end almost exclusively. Auclair played 2020 on a one-year contract, and given his familiarity with the organization and system, it's certainly possible he's back for a fifth year in 2021.
Feb 11, 2021 2:52 PM EST
Auclair (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Atlanta.
Analysis: Tanner Hudson gets the gameday nod over Auclair, providing depth at the tight end position behind Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate for the divisional clash. Auclair garnered his second start of the season last Sunday in a win over Minnesota, fielding 14 offensive snaps. The 27-year-old has been a non-factor in the passing game throughout 2020, as he remains without a catch on one target this season.
Dec 20, 2020 9:10 AM EST
Auclair logged a season-high 25 snaps from scrimmage but did not record any statistics in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Auclair also played an additional 14 snaps on special teams, making it a busy afternoon for the fourth-year tight end. The 27-year-old's above-average run blocking is likely to continue to guarantee him active status, but he's highly unlikely to see any targets as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate remain healthy in front of him.
Nov 16, 2020 1:17 PM EST
Auclair logged four snaps on offense without a target in the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
Analysis: The blocking tight end was active for the second straight week as the No. 4 option at the position, but he unsurprisingly served exclusively as an extra blocker for the ground attack. Auclair's role when active should continue to closely mirror that of Sunday night's, presently making him a non-factor in all fantasy formats absent multiple injuries at the position.
Nov 9, 2020 9:46 AM EST
Auclair (calf), who was activated from injured reserve Saturday, played three snaps from scrimmage and another nine on special teams in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Analysis: The big tight end had an unsurprisingly minimal role on offense, as the Buccaneers kept all four players at the position active. Auclair may usurp Tanner Hudson for the third tight end spot on some weeks moving forward, but that slotting isn't expected to equate to any meaningful fantasy production unless multiple injuries strike the position.
Nov 3, 2020 9:23 AM EST
The Buccaneers activated Auclair (calf) from injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Auclair has practiced for two weeks and will return to the lineup for Monday's game versus the Giants. The 27-year-old tight end didn't play an offensive snap in the only game he suited up this year, and he'll likely stick to special teams upon return to the lineup since Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate and Tanner Hudson all have secured roles.
Oct 31, 2020 5:11 PM EST
The Buccaneers designated Auclair (calf) for return Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction page.
Analysis: Auclair has been out since Week 2 when he suffered the calf injury in a win over the Panthers. The team will need to activated him officially in order for Auclair to suit up, but this news confirms that the Laval product will return in the next three weeks. The Buccaneers could use the depth at tight end since O.J. Howard was ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Oct 21, 2020 3:39 PM EST
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Auclair is "close" to a return but may not be ready for Thursday's game versus the Bears, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Auclair is eligible to return to practice this week and could play in Thursday's matchup, but it sounds like he'll likely sit out another week before potentially returning in Week 6 against the Packers. The Buccaneers could use the depth at tight end since O.J. Howard is expected to be done for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Oct 5, 2020 10:45 AM EST
Auclair (calf) was placed on IR on Friday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Auclair has already been ruled out of Sunday's game against Carolina, and this move ensures that he will miss at least two additional contests. The depth tight end could return as early as Week 5 against Chicago on Thursday Night Football.
Sep 18, 2020 1:07 PM EST
Auclair (calf) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Panthers.
Analysis: Auclair missed the last two practices of the week and will watch from the sidelines during Sunday's divisional bout. The 27-year-old TE is buried on the depth chart anyway and played strictly on special teams in the season opener.
Sep 18, 2020 12:14 PM EST
Auclair (calf) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Auclair began the week as a limited participant, so Thursday's complete lack of activity could indicate that he's suffered a setback in his recovery. Of course, Auclair only contributed on special teams Week 1, so if he's forced to sit out Sunday's game against the Panthers, it won't have a noticeable impact on Tampa Bay's offense.
Sep 17, 2020 3:16 PM EST
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