The biggest splash on the first day of NFL free agency was made by the Houston Texans, who dove in head first Wednesday, signing quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller as part of an effort to remake the team's offense. The Texans won the AFC South in 2015, but did so with a 9-7 record and were bounced from the playoffs by the Kansas City Chiefs in a 30-0 drubbing.
Osweiler, coming over from the Denver Broncos, played in eight games a year ago, starting seven. He had 1,967 passing yards and threw for 10 touchdowns against six interceptions, adding one touchdown on the ground. Denver went 5-2 in Osweiler's starts as he filled in for the injured Peyton Manning. Osweiler's contract is for four years and $72 million, with $37 million guaranteed. He replaces a foursome of underwhelming quarterbacks for Houston last season, as the team ran out Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden as starters, with the four combining for 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Miller, meanwhile, replaces longtime Houston starter Arian Foster, who was released by the team after yet another injury. Miller ran for 872 yards with the Dolphins last season, down from 1,099 the year before. He has run for eight touchdowns each of the last two seasons, and hasn't missed a game to injury in his career. Famously, Miller gouged the Texans when he played them last season, to the tune of 236 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as the Dolphins won 44-26.
Fantasy impact: Fantasy owners should be much more excited about Miller than Osweiler. Miller is finally out of the situation in Miami in which he only topped 20 carries in a game twice in four seasons. The Texans have rarely been shy about giving their lead running back a full workload, and there isn't a qualified incumbent on the roster; Miller should get plenty of run and profiles as a high-end RB2 in 2016, with RB1 potential.
Osweiler, meanwhile, is a much bigger question mark. He did go 5-2 as a starter for Denver last year, though he had the support of one of the best defenses the league has seen in some time. While Houston's unit is fine, it isn't the stalwart that Denver's was a year ago. Osweiler had a tendency with Denver to lock on to his primary read -- that could be helpful in Houston, as the team has only one strong target in DeAndre Hopkins, but you'd like a quarterback with more versatility in his reads than Osweiler has shown.
Osweiler will get fantasy consideration as a sure starter in 2016, but his fantasy outlook is only middling; he's a low-end QB2 at best.