Akins was on the field for Cleveland's organized team activities this week, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.
Analysis: Akins signed with the Browns during the offseason and acknowledged reuniting with quarterback Deshaun Watson as a reason. The two played three seasons together in Houston. The Browns spent a good amount of offseason focus on improving targets for Watson, and the 6-foot-6 Akins brings familiarity along with a red-zone threat. Akins is expected to back up David Njoku at tight end.
May 26, 2023 5:03 PM EST
Akins secured four of eight targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 32-31 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also caught a game-winning two-point conversion pass.
Analysis: The journeyman tight end played the unlikely hero in an unlikely win, corralling a 28-yard touchdown grab on a 4th-and-20 heave from Davis Mills late in the fourth quarter and then securing the subsequent two-point conversion pass that proved the difference in the contest. Akins' Week 18 production allowed him to finish the 2022 campaign having tied his career high in receptions (37) and setting new personal bests in receiving yards (495) and touchdowns (five). The fifth-year pro played this season on a one-year contract, and given his ability to once again offer solid production as a pass catcher, Akins shouldn't have much trouble finding an NFL home in 2023.
Jan 8, 2023 3:31 PM EST
Akins caught two passes for 38 yards on three targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Analysis: Akins has been productive on a per-snap basis in 2022, but he hasn't been able to scale up that production over a bigger workload. It's possible that Akins could do more if the Texans gave him more snaps, but (A) he might not be able to play more snaps and (B) the Texans also have OJ Howard (two targets Sunday) and Brevin Jordan (three targets) blocking the way for Akins to prove himself further.
Jan 1, 2023 2:41 PM EST
Akins caught all three targets for 39 yards in Saturday's 19-14 win over the Titans in Week 16.
Analysis: Akins continued his career renaissance with another three grabs, giving him 31 and 387 yards, tops among the team's tight ends. The 30-year-old was off the radar to start the season, but Akins has moved to the top of the depth chart since joining the active roster in Week 3. Houston's passing attack is unreliable, but with Nico Collins (foot) done for the season and Brandin Cooks dealing with injuries, Akins has averaged 4.4 targets and scored twice over the last five weeks. He leads all Houston pass-catchers with three TDs.
Dec 26, 2022 7:12 AM EST
Akins brought in three of six targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 30-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Akins recorded a 12-yard scoring grab late in the third quarter that gave the Texans a brief lead. The veteran tight end's touchdown was his third of the season, and he's now posted at least three receptions in three of the last four contests. Akins should continue to profile as an occasional red-zone threat during a Week 16 road matchup versus the Titans on Saturday afternoon.
Dec 18, 2022 2:47 PM EST
Akins caught three of six targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Browns in Week 13.
Analysis: Akins, who has been the tight end target leader for the last several games, was given competition for targets by Brevin Jordan (five targets), who had been a healthy inactive the previous three weeks. If Houston plans to have Jordan active going forward, Akins' opportunities could diminish.
Dec 5, 2022 6:44 AM EST
Akins caught five of five targets for a team-high 61 yards and a 25-yard touchdown catch in Sunday's 30-15 loss to Miami in Week 12.
Analysis: Akins hauled in his first touchdown since Week 3 and had his fifth catch for more than 20 yards. It's looking like the benching of Brevin Jordan -- at three consecutive weeks and running -- is a permanent decision, so Akins should continue to see the bulk of targets at tight end.
Nov 27, 2022 5:50 PM EST
Akins caught two of three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 23-10 loss to Washington in Week 11.
Analysis: Akins and the rest of the receivers suffered from one of quarterback Davis Mills' worst games of the season. Houston had a total of five yards in the first half and 148 for the game. Akins has experienced a revival this season and leads the position group in yards, but Houston's offense is not geared to be a productive passing unit.
Nov 21, 2022 6:50 AM EST
Akins caught three of three targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Giants in Week 10.
Analysis: With Brevin Jordan a healthy inactive, Akins ramped up his production after a couple of invisible games. He was on the receiving end of Houston's longest play of the game, a 46-yard catch-and-run, which set up one of five Houston red-zone opportunities that did not lead to a touchdown. It's unknown how the Texans plan to use Jordan going forward, but it is a boost to Akins' value if it becomes long-term.
Nov 14, 2022 6:58 AM EST
Akins did not catch his lone target in Thursday's 29-17 loss to the Eagles in Week 9.
Analysis: For a second consecutive week, Akins was not heavily involved. He had a four-week stretch -- 10 catches, 154 yards, one touchdown -- that hinted at fantasy worth at a notoriously unproductive position. If there was a game where Houston tight ends could make a difference, it was Thursday when both Brandin Cooks (personal) and Nico Collins (groin) were unavailable, but it did not materialize for Akins.
Nov 4, 2022 5:49 AM EST
Akins caught one of two targets for five yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to Tennessee in Week 8.
Analysis: Akins was one of several skill-position players whose production was subdued on a day when the offense gained just 161 yards -- 71 before a final scoring drive against Titans' second-teamers. Akins had been a mini revelation, gaining 154 yards on 10 catches, including a touchdown, over the last four weeks, but without a credible running game, quarterback Davis Mills was unable to carry the offense.
Oct 31, 2022 6:13 AM EST
Akins caught three of four targets for a team-high 68 yards in Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 7.
Analysis: Akins continued his strong play at the tight end position and appears to bonded with quarterback Davis Mills. He was given an opportunity with Brevin Jordan sidelined the last three weeks and played himself from practice squad to the active roster. However, Jordan (four targets, 30 snaps) returned Sunday and led the position group in snaps and could eat into Akins' opportunities going forward.
Oct 24, 2022 6:42 AM EST
The Texans are slated to sign Akins to their active roster, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Akins, who has been active for three games this season, has recorded seven catches on eight targets for 86 yards and a TD in that span. It remains to be seen if Brevin Jordan (ankle) will be available when the Texans return to action in Week 7, but in any case, Akins will give the team added tight end depth to go along with O.J. Howard ahead of Houston's Oct. 23 contest against the Raiders.
Oct 12, 2022 8:30 AM EST
Akins reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Akins was activated for the third game in a row with starting tight end Brevin Jordan (ankle) out again during Sunday's win over the Jaguars. While the 30-year-old tight end hauled in both of his targets for 22 yards, he saw his lowest playing time of the season -- 10 of Houston's 58 offensive snaps -- while filling in behind O.J. Howard (46 snaps) and Mason Schreck (24 snaps). Akins will now require a permanent spot on the active roster in order to suit up for the Texans again in 2022.
Oct 10, 2022 5:07 PM EST
Akins caught two of two targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 13-6 win over the Jaguars in Week 5.
Analysis: Akins played just 12 snaps but once again made an impact for Houston. He was on the receiving end of a 3rd-and-10 catch-and-run that moved the chains in the Texans' game-deciding drive. This was the third time that Akins was elevated from the practice squad, and Houston will need to sign him if it wants him to continue to play. That should be a no-brainer for a couple of reasons. He's the most consistent receiving threat at tight end -- leading the room with 86 yards -- and the club released Pharaoh Brown (now with Cleveland).
Oct 10, 2022 6:50 AM EST
The Texans elevated Akins on Saturday from their practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: With Brevin Jordan (ankle) still out, Akins will join the active roster for a third consecutive contest. Over his previous two appearances, the fifth-year tight end has caught five of six targets for 64 yards and a touchdown while playing 35 total offensive snaps. He figures to garner a similar role against Jacksonville in Week 5, but he'll be out of elevations following the contest, which means he'll have to be signed to the active roster if he's going to make any more appearances for Houston this season.
Oct 8, 2022 3:28 PM EST
Akins reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Akins played 20 of Houston's 57 offensive snaps during Sunday's loss to the Chargers after being activated for the second week in a row. The 30-year-old caught both of his targets for 33 yards while playing as the No. 2 tight end behind O.J. Howard (43 offensive snaps) and ahead of fellow practice-squad player Mason Schreck (19 offensive snaps). Akins also lined up on six special-teams snaps, and he will be eligible for just one more elevation from the Texans' practice squad this season.
Oct 3, 2022 4:58 PM EST
Akins caught two of two targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers in Week 4.
Analysis: Akins was up from the practice squad for a second consecutive week due to injuries that left Pharaoh Brown (hip) and Brevin Jordan (ankle) in active. O.J. Howard was the starter and led in snaps, but Akins, who was part of the team last season, has system knowledge and could step into a larger role if necessary.
Oct 3, 2022 6:59 AM EST
Akins was elevated to the Texans' active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Akins saw four targets in last week's loss to the Bears including a touchdown reception, and it's possible the 2018 third-round pick could see a similar workload again with Pharaoh Brown (hip/shoulder) listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Chargers and nominal pass-catching tight end Brevin Jordan (ankle) already ruled out. If Brown were unable to play, O.J. Howard and Akins would be the only active tight ends on the roster.
Oct 1, 2022 11:03 AM EST
Akins reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Akins only played 17 snaps on offense, but he made them count. The five-year-pro converted four targets into three receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. He may see another opportunity with the active roster in Week 4 against the Chargers if Brevin Jordan (ankle) were unable to play.
Sep 26, 2022 5:20 PM EST
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