|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 249 lb.|
|Born:||April 19, 1992|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 3 (98)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Akins (concussion/ankle) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Akins practiced fully for the first time since Week 4, which is when he last took the field. This news paves the way for Akins to get back on the field Sunday in Jacksonville and split tight end snaps with Darren Fells.
Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that he expects Akins (concussion) to be available against Jacksonville in Week 9, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.
Analysis: Akins has missed three straight games while dealing with a concussion, but it appears as though he's set to return to action after the Texans' bye. The 28-year-old served as Houston's clear top tight end during the first three games of the season, so if he's indeed able to fully clear the concussion protocol for Week 9 he'll stand to resume handling No.1 reps.
Akins (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Green Bay.
Analysis: Akins suffered a concussion upon absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit from Harrison Smith during Houston's Oct. 4th loss to the Vikings, and though he has since cleared concussion protocol, he remains beleaguered by an ankle issue. While the 28-year-old is sidelined for a third consecutive game, Darren Fells stands atop the Texans' tight end depth chart for Week 7. Fells has recorded 142 receiving yards and two TDs over his past two outings in Akins' stead.
Akins (ankle/concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: That said, Akins didn't practice at all this week and isn't expected to suit up this weekend, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. If Akins does indeed remain sidelined in Week 7, fellow tight end Darren Fells will continue to see added passing targets against Green Bay.
Akins (ankle/concussion) didn't practice Thursday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle , the tight end's concussion symptoms have subsided, but his high ankle sprain remains an issue. Akins will need to return to practice Friday in order to avoid missing a third straight game. In the event that he remains sidelined Sunday against the Packers, Darren Fells will continue to see added targets.
Akins' concussion symptoms have subsided, and his high-ankle sprain is the reason for missing Wednesday's practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Akins has missed two games due to lingering concussion symptoms and an ankle sprain, both suffered against the Vikings in Week 4. Darren Fells has seen an uptick in snaps while Akins has been sidelined. Prior to the injury, Akins was the lead tight end in terms of snaps and targets.
Akins (ankle/concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Akins has missed two straight games, but he practiced in a limited fashion all of last week, so there's a chance he might return to the mix Sunday against the Packers if he resumes practice Thursday and/or Friday. If not, Darren Fells would continue to fill in as the Texans' top pass-catching tight end.
Akins (ankle/concussion) will not play Sunday against the Titans, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Akins, who was a limited participant in practice all week, was listed as questionable in Friday's final injury report, but it seems as if the team is simply playing it safe with their starting tight end. Darren Fells, who last week posted a season-high 57 receiving yards and registered his second touchdown this season, will once again operate as the primary pass catcher in Akins' absence.
Akins (ankle/concussion) was limited in practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Titans.
Analysis: Akins practiced in a limited fashion all week, and coach Romeo Crennel said Friday that Akins will be a game-time decision Sunday. Crennel also confirmed that Akins is still in the league's concussion protocol while also working through an ankle injury, so he'll need clearance on both fronts in order to play Sunday. Darren Fells will be the main beneficiary if Akins can't go.
Akins (concussion) is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday at Tennessee, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Analysis: Coach Romeo Crennel said the 28-year-old "made a little progress," but he clearly remains in the concussion protocol. Akins has practiced as a limited participant in four straight sessions and appears likely to tally another one Friday, but the release of the official injury report later in the day will provide the final answer on his practice participation.
Akins (concussion) was limited in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Akins has now logged four straight limited practices, dating back to last week, while working to progress through the league's five-step concussion protocol. If he's unable to gain full clearance ahead of Sunday's contest in Tennessee, Darren Fells will draw another start at tight end.
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