The Texans re-signed Auclair on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Auclair will return to Houston for a second straight season. The veteran tight end appeared in 16 contests during the 2021 campaign, across which span he secured all five of his targets for 47 yards and one score.
Mar 14, 2022 9:03 AM EST
Auclair caught his lone target for seven yards in Week 18's 28-25 loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: This was just Auclair's second catch since Week 9, and he finished the season with five catches on five targets for 47 yards and one score. He played all 16 games, sometimes starting, but the 28-year-old was used primarily as a blocker. He becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason but could return on a modest contract to serve a similar role in 2022.
Jan 13, 2022 7:36 PM EST
Auclair was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Analysis: The 28-year-old was forced to miss Week 17 after being placed on the COVID list Dec. 31. Auclair has had a limited offensive impact this season, making only four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown over 15 games.
Jan 5, 2022 3:47 PM EST
Auclair (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Analysis: Auclair is likely in jeopardy of missing his first game of the season, though it's still possible that he is available for the Texans' Week 17 matchup against San Francisco. Though he consistently receives snaps, Auclair has earned only four targets this season.
Dec 31, 2021 1:17 PM EST
Auclair was not targeted in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: It was a typical game for Auclair, who played 31 percent of the offensive snaps, which is right at his season average of 31.5 percent, and he went untargeted for the For the 11th time in 14 games. There's little chance the Texans get him more involved over the final few weeks, as they are focused on developing rookie Brevin Jordan.
Dec 20, 2021 4:28 AM EST
Auclair caught his lone target for six yards in Sunday's 33-13 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Auclair was targeted in the red zone, his second such target of the season, but he stopped from reaching the end zone. He's caught four of four targets for 40 yards with one touchdown in 2021. If any of the players in the tight end mix have any fantasy worth, it's rookie Brevin Jordan who caught his third touchdown of the season and was targeted seven times Sunday.
Dec 13, 2021 5:23 AM EST
Auclair caught two of two targets for 23 yards and led all tight ends with 36 snaps in Sunday's 17-9 loss to Miami.
Analysis: That was a season-high snap count for Auclair, who stepped into the Pharaoh Brown (thigh) role. Of the three healthy tight ends, Auclair is the best blocker, which should keep him on the field and active while Brown is out. The targets/catches were his first since Week 5.
Nov 8, 2021 5:13 AM EST
Auclair caught his lone target for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-22 to the Patriots.
Analysis: Auclair, who has played all five games because of his blocking ability, was a target for the first time in 2021. This was his first career touchdown. Houston's quarterback situation isn't conducive to producing much fantasy value for receivers, so Auclair shouldn't be viewed as a worthy addition to any fantasy lineup. In addition to that, he is behind both Jordan Akins and Pharaoh Brown in terms of snaps and targets.
Oct 11, 2021 7:04 AM EST
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
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