Quitoriano caught three of four targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 32-31 win over the Colts in Week 18.
Analysis: Quitoriano's performance came out of nowhere. Used primarily as a blocking tight end since being activated off injured reserve Week 9, the rookie broke out with two catches of more than 20 yards (22 and 52). The Texans soured on Brevin Jordan in 2022, and the tight end position is wide open next season. However, Houston fired head coach Lovie Smith, so there will be a new coaching regime and anything is possible in 2023.
Jan 9, 2023 7:25 AM EST
Quitoriano (knee) is not listed on the Texans' injury report ahead of Sunday's contest against the Colts, Mark Lane of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Quitoriano is coming off a one-game absence after hyperextending his knee in the Texans' Week 16 19-14 victory over the Titans. His absence from the injury report indicates he is on track to resume his usual role backing up Jordan Akins at tight end in Sunday's regular-season finale.
Jan 4, 2023 7:03 PM EST
Quitoriano (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.
Analysis: Quitoriano was forced out with a hyperextended knee and bruised quadriceps in the Week 16 win over Tennessee. The rookie was then sidelined for each practice during Week 17 prep, so he'll now sit out for the first time since his Week 9 debut versus Philadelphia. Quitoriano has caught four of 10 passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns this season, so his absence could lead to increased opportunities for Brevin Jordan and O.J. Howard behind No. 1 tight end Jordan Akins.
Dec 30, 2022 3:16 PM EST
Quitoriano (knee/quadriceps) was spotted working off to the side during the open portion of Thursday's session and is expected to be listed as a non-participant on the Texans' second Week 17 practice report, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
Analysis: Though the rookie tight end avoided any structural damage after exiting early in the Texans' Week 16 win over the Titans, he hyperextended his right knee and bruised his quadriceps. The Texans are considering Quitoriano day-to-day with his pair of injuries, but after failing to practice in any fashion so far this week, he'll need to log some on-field activity Friday to have a legitimate chance at suiting up Sunday against Jacksonville.
Dec 29, 2022 7:28 AM EST
Quitoriano (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report.
Analysis: An MRI on Monday revealed Quitoriano hyperextended his knee and bruised his quadriceps following an early exit from last week's loss to the TItans. While the rookie tight end avoided structural damage, he may be sidelined for at least one contest. However, he'll have two more opportunities to practice before the Texans need to make a decision on his status for Sunday's matchup against Jacksonville.
Dec 28, 2022 2:50 PM EST
Quitoriano underwent an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and bruised quadriceps following his early exit from Saturday's 19-14 win over the Titans, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
Analysis: The Texans are viewing Quitoriano as day-to-day at this stage, with his status for this Sunday's game against the Jaguars likely to hinge on how he fares in practices Wednesday through Friday. If the rookie is forced to miss time, the Texans would likely turn to Jordan Akins and Brevin Jordan as their main pass-catching tight ends, while O.J. Howard could factor back into the mix as a run blocker after he was a healthy inactive for two of the team's last three contests.
Dec 27, 2022 9:25 AM EST
Quitoriano (knee) has been downgraded to out and won't return to Saturday's game against the Titans.
Analysis: With O.J. Howard a healthy inactive for the Week 16 contest, the Texans will have to get by with Jordan Akins and Brevin Jordan at tight end for the rest of the day. Quitoriano failed to haul in his lone target before departing the game.
Dec 24, 2022 12:43 PM EST
Quitoriano is considered questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Titans due to a right knee injury.
Analysis: Quitoriano failed to record any receptions before exiting the contest. If he is ulitmately unable to return, Brevin Jordan would be the lone backup at tight end behind Jordan Akins.
Dec 24, 2022 12:32 PM EST
Quitoriano caught one of two targets for eight yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Week 15.
Analysis: Both of Quitoriano's targets were in the red zone, and he caught his second touchdown of the season. He missed the first seven games with a knee injury, but has seen his playing time increase since being activated Week 9. Quitoriano has been Houston's tight end leader in playing time the last five weeks. It hasn't translated into much production -- eight targets, three catches, 28 yards -- but the rookie fifth-round draft pick figures to maintain his starting role over the final three games.
Dec 19, 2022 5:55 AM EST
Quitoriano failed to catch any of three targets in Sunday's 27-14 loss to Cleveland in Week 13.
Analysis: Quitoriano remained the leader in snaps from the tight end position, receiving 40 plays with Jordan Akins (34) and Brevin Jordan (24) following. O.J. Howard was inactive for the first time this season. Quitoriano is seen as the team's best blocker at the position, which is useful for a team that's had issues at quarterback and relies on rookie running back Dameon Pierce for much of its offense.
Dec 5, 2022 6:47 AM EST
Quitoriano caught two of two targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Dolphins in Week 12.
Analysis: Quitoriano led Houston's tight ends in snaps for a second consecutive game, establishing himself as the starter. Jordan Akins is the one with the most fantasy potential, but Quitoriano is the more trusted blocker on a team that wants to run more than pass. It's conceivable the Texans re-introduce Brevin Jordan -- inactive for three straight weeks -- but that playing time would likely come at the expense of O.J. Howard.
Nov 28, 2022 5:39 AM EST
Quitoriano logged a position-high 37 snaps in Sunday's 23-10 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Quitoriano did not catch is lone target -- a red zone look -- but that he was in the starting lineup and was used more than other TEs is a sign the coaching staff wants to evaluate him. He missed the season's first eight games and is largely unknown in fantasy circles.
Nov 21, 2022 6:40 AM EST
Quitoriano was not targeted over 27 snaps in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Giants in Week 10.
Analysis: After scoring a touchdown in his season debut Week 9, Quitoriano was given more snaps -- up from 18 -- but it didn't translate into targets. An interesting development, however, was that Brevin Jordan was made a healthy inactive, suggesting Quitoriano may be one of the three active tight ends on the roster going forward.
Nov 14, 2022 7:14 AM EST
Quitoriano could play an expanded role in Sunday's game against the Giants, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Quitoriano made his season debut in Week 9, catching a touchdown pass while playing 18 snaps. The fifth-round draft pick can bolster the "Y" position -- the in-line blocking tight end that is most often considered an extra tackle -- against the New York defense the blitzes more frequently than any other NFL team and pressures quarterbacks at the ninth-highest rate.
Nov 8, 2022 6:19 AM EST
Quitoriano caught his lone target for a two-yard touchdown reception in Thursday's 29-17 loss to Philadelphia in Week 9.
Analysis: Quitoriano made his season debut after managing knee swelling since training camp. His TD came on Houston's first drive and was a contested 50-50 ball. It was an odd night for targets, as the Texans' top two targets -- Branding Cooks (personal) and Nico Collins (groin) -- were inactive. There's no reason to believe Quitoriano will play a large role going forward.
Nov 4, 2022 5:26 AM EST
The Texans restored Quitoriano (knee) to the active roster Thursday.
Analysis: Quitoriano sustained a knee injury in the preseason and was placed on the Texans' IR ahead of the regular season. The fifth-round rookie was then designated to return to practice Week 7, and he will now be available to play for the first time ahead of Thursday's game against the Eagles. Quitoriano will jostle with Brevin Jordan, O.J. Howard and Jordan Akins for playing time in Houston's crowded tight-end room moving forward.
Nov 3, 2022 1:48 PM EST
Quitoriano (knee) will be added to the 53-man roster Thursday, Aaron Wilson of Click2Houston.com reports.
Analysis: Quitoriano is expected to make his NFL debut Thursday against the Eagles. The rookie, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2022 Draft, has been recovering from a knee injury suffered during training camp. How big of a role he may see out of the gate is hard to say, as currently Brevin Jordan, O.J. Howard and Jordan Akins seem to be in a three-way timeshare at the position.
Nov 3, 2022 9:58 AM EST
Quitoriano (knee) was designated to return from the Texans' injured reserve Monday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Quitoriano missed the first six games of the season after being placed on Houston's IR ahead of the regular season. Now, the rookie tight end will have a 21-day window to practice and return to the active roster; otherwise, he will be placed on season-ending IR. Quitoriano's first chance to play will come in Sunday's game against the Raiders, though he may start out in a limited role with tight ends Brevin Jordan, O.J. Howard and Jordan Akins already on the roster.
Oct 17, 2022 5:07 PM EST
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