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Akins brought in four of five targets for 32 yards in the Texans' 24-9 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.
Analysis: The fourth-year tight end came into the game with just one reception for 17 yards through the first pair of contests, but Akins end up tied for second in receptions with Anthony Miller on the Texans for the night. The Central Florida product was a safety valve for rookie quarterback Davis Mills, and given that the third-round pick is likely to continue operating a more conservative offense than veteran Tyrod Taylor (IR-hamstring) would, Akins could be busy again in a Week 4 road matchup against the Bills on Sunday, Oct. 3.
Sep 23, 2021 9:02 PM EST
Akins caught one of two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Akins made his first catch of the season in Week 2 and has had minimal impact over the first two games. He and Pharaoh Brown each played 38 snaps, but neither played a significant role in the passing game.
Sep 20, 2021 6:13 AM EST
Akins did not catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 37-21 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Akins played a surprisingly subordinate role in the passing game to Pharoah Brown, who caught four of five targets for 67 yards. The one saving grace is that both or Akins' targets were in the red zone.
Sep 13, 2021 7:25 AM EST
Akins caught one of two targets for nine yards in Saturday's 23-16 loss to Tampa Bay in preseason Week 3.
Analysis: Akins, who had just one catch during preseason action, should be considered the Texans' top pass-catching tight end, ahead of 2021 fifth-round draft pick Brevin Jordan. The question remains, however, are pass-catching tight ends valuable for an offense that will attempt to run the ball more than it did in 2020. Given that Houston is not expected to be competitive this season, thereby playing from behind, Akins should generate fantasy interest.
Aug 29, 2021 7:53 PM EST
Akins was not targeted during Saturday's 20-14 win over the Cowboys in Preseason Week 2.
Analysis: Akins made his preseason debut but did not start, per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle. That honor went to Pharaoh Brown, who also made his preseason debut. The tight end position group was largely invisible, as only rookie Brevin Jordan was targeted (twice) and one catch for seven yards. Akins and Brown are one and two atop the depth chart, but if the Texans rely heavily on the ground game, which is the consensus, then Brown is the more favored blocker of the two.
Aug 22, 2021 9:37 AM EST
Akins (leg) returned to practice Monday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Akins missed four practices and the preseason opener while dealing with muscle tightness in his leg. He's a clear favorite to lead Houston tight ends in targets this season, but he may not have the blocking chops for a three-down role, which in turn would cap his volume ceiling as a pass catcher. The Texans also have blockers Pharaoh Brown and Ryan Izzo competing for TE snaps, in addition to the more receiving-focused guys like Akins, Kahale Warring, Anthony Auclair and rookie fifth-round pick Brevin Jordan.
Aug 17, 2021 7:29 AM EST
Akins (leg) is close to returning to practice, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Akins has been dealing with muscle tightness in his leg since Wednesday, and he's been held out of practice since then. The tight end also missed Saturday's preseason opener against Green Bay. Coach David Culley is optimistic that the 29-year-old's injury isn't serious, but a better idea of his status will likely be revealed once he's able to increase his activity level.
Aug 16, 2021 6:34 PM EST
Akins (leg) missed a third consecutive practice Thursday, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Analysis: Houston head coach David Culley suggested the injury is not serious, so it's likely the team is being cautious with the presumptive starter at tight end. It's a good bet Akins doesn't play Saturday's preseason opener against the Packers, opening up reps for several others, including 2021 fifth-round pick Brevin Jordan, who ended Thursday's practice session with a touchdown catch.
Aug 13, 2021 5:38 AM EST
Coach David Culley said Akins (leg) shouldn't be out for long, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Given that he's dealing with mere muscle tightness, Akins should be back on the practice field soon enough, even if he misses one or two preseason games. He's competing for playing time at tight end, but none of the other options (Pharaoh Brown, Ryan Izzo, Kahale Warring, Brevin Jordan, Anthony Auclair) looks like a serious threat for regular targets this season. If the Texans are to have a fantasy-relevant tight end this season, it likely will be Akins.
Aug 12, 2021 6:53 AM EST
Akins will miss practice Wednesday with muscle tightness in his leg, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Akins is the team's top pass catcher at tight end, a position otherwise manned by blocking specialists or untested young players in Houston. His absence from practice frees up reps for Kahale Warring, Brevin Jordan and Pharaoh Brown.
Aug 11, 2021 7:40 AM EST
Akins made a number of catches at Thursday's practice, John Harris of the Texans' official website reports.
Analysis: Akins is on track to work as Houston's top pass-catching tight end, with an opportunity to handle more snaps (and possibly targets) after Darren Fells left for Detroit in the offseason. The Texans did draft Brevin Jordan in the fifth round and still have 258-pound blocker Pharaoh Brown and 2019 third-round pick Kahale Warring, but Akins is the only tight end on the roster with more than 19 NFL receptions. Given the poor state of the team's WR group, Akins could see a handful of targets per game -- possibly even more if he can improve his blocking and earn a three-down role.
Jul 30, 2021 11:08 AM EST
Akins caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Akins, who was Houston's third-most targeted receiver in 2020, was sixth among the seven receivers targeted Sunday. He finished with 49 targets, 37 passes, 403 yards and one touchdown. Akins emerged as the Texans' primary tight end in 2020 and has one year left on his contract. The makeup of next season's team depends on the whims of what will be a new general manager and head coach, but Akins should return as the starter in 2021.
Jan 4, 2021 3:09 AM EST
Akins caught four of four targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Akins led Houston's tight ends in targets, receptions and yards, but he has not recorded a touchdown since Week 1 despite leading the position group with seven red-zone targets. With one game remaining, Akins needs one catch and 24 yards in Week 17 to record new career highs.
Dec 28, 2020 4:49 AM EST
Akins caught five of six targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Indianapolis.
Analysis: Akins has become the top tight end threat on the roster and has six targets in three of the last five games. He's up to 43 targets over 11 games, which puts him within shouting distance of his career-high 55 targets established over 16 games in 2019. Unfortunately, Akins has found the end zone just once, and Houston's tight ends account for just three of quarterback Deshaun Watson's 27 touchdown throws. Week 16 has the Texans hosting the Bengals, whose defense is tied for 30th in fantasy points allowed to tight ends.
Dec 20, 2020 6:52 PM EST
Akins caught three of six targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: Akins once again led Houston's tight ends in targets while finishing second among all receivers in the loss. The Texans were without their top three wide receivers that started the season -- Will Fuller (suspension), Brandin Cooks (foot) and Randall Cobb (toe) -- which jumbled up the targeting options for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Cooks could return for Week 15 against the Colts, which would bring some normalcy, but Fuller is done for the season and Cobb is considering shutting down. That could open the door for Akins, who leads the team's tight ends in targets, to maintain a significant role in the passing game-plans going forward.
Dec 14, 2020 4:33 AM EST
Akins caught two of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Akins led Houston tight ends in targets and snaps (45), something that has been a common outcome when he's been healthy. However, the position group did not experience an uptick in targets as the Texans played without Will Fuller (suspension), Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (released); instead, the offense double-downed on the remaining wide receivers as Keke Coutee (nine targets), Brandin Cooks (targets) and Chad Hansen (seven) took up the slack. Week 14 has Houston on the road in Chicago, whose defense has allowed nine touchdowns to opposing tight ends.
Dec 7, 2020 4:22 AM EST
Akins was targeted twice in Thursday's 41-25 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Akins and the rest of tight ends did not play a significant role Thursday. He had two of the position group's three targets, including one red-zone chance. Houston was down two wide receivers, which gave the tight ends a chance to make an impact, but that never materialized. The snap count was relatively even among the group with Akins (26 snaps) third behind Pharaoh Brown (30) and Darren Fells (28). Week 13 brings a matchup with Indianapolis, which has allowed the fourth fewest yards and just one touchdown to opposing tight ends.
Nov 27, 2020 4:47 AM EST
Akins caught five of six targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: Akins re-emerged as the top tight end target, amassing more than Darren Fells (three) and Pharaoh Brown (two) combined. The 11 targets for the position group was the most since Week 2 and could be a sign of things to come should Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (quadriceps) miss significant time. With a short week to prepare for Thursday's meeting in Detroit, Akins could be in line for significant targets.
Nov 23, 2020 6:38 AM EST
Akins caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Akins' target was in the red zone -- third target inside the 20 -- but overall, Houston's tight ends weren't used much in the game. He had Darren Fells each had one target while Pharaoh Brown was targeted twice and had a touchdown.
Nov 16, 2020 5:50 AM EST
Akins caught two of four targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Akins returned to the lineup after missing three consecutive games with a concussion and ankle injury. The third-year tight end opened the season as the lead tight end but on Sunday, he finished third in snap count (22) behind Darren Fells (33) and Pharoah Brown (25). The diminished playing time is likely the result of the Texans exercising caution. Prior to his recent injury, Akins was the leading tight end target, as he was Sunday.
Nov 9, 2020 5:04 AM EST
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