Hansen has signed a contract with the Lions.
Analysis: Hansen was taken by the Jets in the 2017 NFL Draft. He did not ultimately do much in New York, as he ended his rookie season with just nine receptions for 94 yards before failing to make the team the following year. Since, he has spent time with the Patriots, Titans, Broncos, Saints and Texans. One thing he has going for him in Detroit, is that he played collegiate ball with quarterback Jared Goff
Jun 18, 2021 8:20 PM EST
Hansen was released by the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hansen made his Texans debut in Week 13 of the 2020 season, marking his first NFL appearance since his 2017 rookie campaign. The California product erupted for five receptions and 101 yards, and he followed it up with back-to-back weeks of at least 55 receiving yards. However, he tapered off at the end of the year. The 26-year-old will now look for a new team.
Mar 23, 2021 5:40 PM EST
Hansen caught two of four targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Hansen, who recorded 14 catches for 212 yards during a three-game stretch from Week 13 to 15, had limited production since. Over the last two weeks, Hansen caught just three balls for 24 yards. He has one year left on his contract, and his status among the wideouts depends on a few factors. The first being the individuals who are hired to become general manager and head coach. Beyond that, the Texans will have to decide whether or not to re-sign Will Fuller (suspended), who becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Jan 4, 2021 3:28 AM EST
Hansen caught one of three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Hansen, who was active for the fourth straight game after serving on the practice squad the first 12 weeks, was of little significance Sunday despite playing 50 snaps (96 percent). Over his first three games, Hansen caught 14 passes for 212 yards (15.1 YPC), including a 38-yard touchdown. He's played 90 percent of the offensive snaps over the four games and is expected have a significant snap count Week 17 against the Titans.
Dec 28, 2020 5:10 AM EST
Hansen recorded two receptions on three targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Colts.
Analysis: Hansen predictably saw his target volume fall with the return of Brandin Cooks. However, he still managed to record a 38-yard touchdown on a broken coverage play just before halftime. While Hansen's volume will be unreliable to close the season, he should continue to have a chance to produce with Will Fuller suspended. He'll draw a Week 16 matchup against the Bengals.
Dec 20, 2020 4:59 PM EST
Hansen was signed to the active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hansen has tallied 12 receptions and 157 yards over the last two games with the top three options Will Fuller (suspension), Randall Cobb (toe) and Brandin Cooks (neck/foot) all missing time during that stretch. Even with Cooks now back in the fold, Hansen still figures to be a quality option with the Texans leaning more into their passing game in recent weeks.
Dec 19, 2020 9:49 AM EST
Interim coach Romeo Crennel said Friday that Hansen has a "good chance" to be signed to the 53-man roster, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hansen has impressed as one of Deshaun Watson's de facto top options over the last two weeks, taking full advantage of Houston's depleted receiving corps. The Texans last faced the Colts in Week 13, when Hansen had five catches for 101 yards, so there's reason to believe he could find success if promoted despite facing a tough secondary. Whether or not Brandin Cooks (neck) is available this weekend should go a long way in determining Hansen's offensive opportunities.
Dec 18, 2020 9:23 AM EST
Hansen reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hansen has been producing for the depleted Texans receiving corps over the past two weeks, compiling 12 catches for 157 yards in his first two appearances of 2020 against the Colts and Bears. The Cal product was afforded a clearer path to passing-game usage as Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) was ruled out for Week 14. Meanwhile, with Randall Cobb (toe) on injured reserve, Will Fuller serving a suspension and Kenny Stills no longer with the team, there remains a possibility Hansen is promoted again for a Week 15 rematch against Indianapolis.
Dec 14, 2020 4:48 PM EST
Hansen brought in all seven targets for 56 yards in the Texans' 36-7 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: The 25-year-old didn't quite follow up his surprising 101-yard Week 13 effort in spectacular fashion yardage-wise, but Hansen's catch tally actually served as a team high on the afternoon. For that matter, so did his reception and target totals, as the absence of Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) only opened up more opportunities for the second-year pro. With Will Fuller (suspension) already out of the equation for the remainder of the season and Cooks potentially facing some lingering injuries, Hansen could continue to serve as a primary target in a Week 15 road divisional matchup against the Colts.
Dec 13, 2020 2:46 PM EST
With Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) inactive, Hansen figures to see added opportunities in Sunday's game against the Bears.
Analysis: In Houston's loss to the Colts last weekend, Hansen - who the team had promoted from the practice squad in advance of the contest - stepped into a key role in a depleted wideout corps, catching five of his seven targets for 101 yards in the process. With Cooks unavailable Sunday, Hansen will once again have an opportunity to produce for fantasy managers, while working alongside Keke Coutee (knee).
Dec 13, 2020 8:41 AM EST
Hansen was elevated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hansen rejoins the Texans offense after registering a career-high in yards (101 on five receptions) in last week's competition against the Colts. The 25-year-old will hopefully continue to add much-needed depth at wide receiver as Randall Cobb (toe) and Will Fuller (suspension) remain out and Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) and Keke Coutee (knee) are both listed as questionable.
Dec 12, 2020 2:02 PM EST
The Texans are expected to activate Hansen from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hansen had a career-high 101 yards on five catches versus the Colts last weekend, so it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him earn another chance to play on gameday. With Will Fuller (suspension) out of the picture, Hansen led Houston wide receivers with 59 of 64 offensive snaps.
Dec 9, 2020 9:36 AM EST
Hansen was designated as a protected practice squad member for Week 14, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hansen was promoted to the active roster last week and busted out with a career-high five catches for 101 yards. It's likely he'll be promoted again for Sunday's game at Chicago.
Dec 9, 2020 3:59 AM EST
Hansen reverted back to Houston's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Hansen erupted for 101 receiving yards on five catches in Sunday's loss to the Colts, but he'll head back down to the practice squad following the contest. Sunday marked his first action of the 2020 season.
Dec 7, 2020 7:18 PM EST
Hansen caught five of seven targets for 101 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Hansen came out of nowhere -- the practice squad -- to post career highs in catches and yards. He was promoted to the active roster Saturday then played the most snaps of any receiver in Sunday's loss. Hansen showed remarkable chemistry immediately with quarterback Deshaun Watson, something he attributed to offseason workouts in which the two participated this summer, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. With Will Fuller (suspension) out and Randall Cobb (toe) on injured reserve for at least one more game, Hansen should be around for Week 14 against the Bears.
Dec 7, 2020 4:04 AM EST
The Texans elevated Hansen from the practice squad Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The Texans' wide receiver corps looks widely different than it did just two weeks ago, as Kenny Stills was cut, Randall Cobb (foot) was placed on IR and Will Fuller has been suspended for the rest of the season. As a result, Hansen and Steven Mitchell were added from the practice squad to add depth behind Brandin Cooks, Keke Coutee and Isaiah Coulter. Hansen last played in 2017, when he recorded nine receptions for 94 yards over 15 games with the Jets.
Dec 5, 2020 2:10 PM EST
Hansen (undisclosed) signed to the Texans' practice squad on Sunday after having been waived during roster cuts, Tadd Haislop of SportingNews.com reports.
Analysis: Hansen suffered an undisclosed injury during a scrimmage late August, but he looks to have put the issue behind him. The 25-year-old hasn't suited up for regular-season action since appearing in 15 games with the Jets in 2017.
Sep 7, 2020 9:27 PM EST
Hansen (undisclosed) suffered an injury during the Texans' scrimmage Thursday.
Analysis: Head coach Bill O'Brien didn't offer much in the way of an update on Hansen's status, but said he will have more information on the injury tomorrow. The wideout took a hard hit from cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. Hansen is competing for a reserve and special teams role after bouncing around the league the past couple of years.
Aug 27, 2020 8:32 PM EST
Hansen signed a reserve/future contract with the Texans on Monday.
Analysis: Hansen joined Houston at the start of training camp but was unable to survive season-opening roster cuts. The 24-year-old will now have a full offseason with the Texans to make an impression.
Jan 13, 2020 7:33 PM EST
The Texans waived Hansen on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hansen originally signed with Houston at the start of training camp. The 24-year-old bounced around prior to that, signing contracts with the Saints, Broncos and Patriots. Hansen didn't see any regular-season action in 2018 after appearing in 15 games for the Jets in the 2017 season, logging 342 snaps on offense and catching nine passes for 94 yards on 17 targets.
Aug 31, 2019 5:23 PM EST
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