QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
5 days ago

Fairbairn could miss the Texans' upcoming preseason contest with an undisclosed injury but should be fine moving forward, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

By all accounts, it doesn't look like Fairbairn will miss much time, if any. The Texans kicker is dealing with an undisclosed injury that is not expected to linger for much longer. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Fairbairn is on course to be the team's starting kicker for the regular season opener.

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
2 weeks ago

Fairbairn practiced kicking in wet conditions Friday following a heavy downpour that drenched the practice field at Houston's training facility in White Sulpher Springs (W. Va.), Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn made some kicks and, as expected, missed some on a wet field that included puddles. "That's part of being a young kicker. Really understanding the elements and how he has to change some of things that he's doing in the elements. But I thought overall he did a good job," said head coach Bill O'Brien. Fairbairn is the lone placekicker in camp, so he should be the team's kicker for the regular season barring injury or poor performance during preseason. He made 20 of 25 field goal attempts and 30 of 32 extra points in 2017. His 92 points and 5.8 points-per-game were well below the team league averages of 114.6 points and 7.16 PPG, although the state of Houston's quarterback play without Deshaun Watson was a major contributor. With a healthy Watson as a starter last season, Fairbairn averaged 8.67 PPG.

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
3 weeks ago

Fairbairn has a firm grasp on the role of starting kicker for the Texans, but new special teams coordinator Brad Seely will continue to evaluate his talent throughout training camp, USA Today's Mark Lane reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn attempted just 25 field goals in 2017 during his first year in the league, converting 20 of those for a total of 60 points on field goals to go along with 32 extra points. He's currently without competition as the only kicker on the Texans' roster, but Seely will continue to hold him to a high standard. Fairbairn could become a decent fantasy option if quarterback Deshaun Watson is able to spark the Texans' offense in his return from a torn ACL.

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
8 months ago

Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts and lone extra-point kick in Sundays' 22-13 loss to Indianapolis.

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn booted field goals from 52 and 46 yards and finished the season with 92 points. When Deshaun Watson (knee) was healthy, Fairbairn became a productive scorer, but his output suffered after the quarterback's season-ending injury. He's got a long leg, making 9-of-11 from beyond 40 yards, including 3-of-4 from outside 50, and should improve in 2018 if Watson comes back healthy and is as productive as he was in 2017.

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
8 months ago

Fairbairn did not have scoring attempt in Monday's 34-6 loss to the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn was not called on for a scoring opportunity as the Texans attempted a two-point conversion on their lone touchdown. He has just one point over the last two games and is suffering behind an unproductive offense. There's promise in Week 17 against Indianapolis' 31st-ranked scoring defense, but the offense is a mess and can't be trusted to present Fairbairn with many scoring chances.

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
8 months ago

Fairbairn did not have a field-goal attempt and made his lone extra-point try in Sundays' 45-7 loss to Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn's opportunities to score were severely diminished when quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) suffered a season-ending injury, and those opportunities became fewer when Tom Savage (concussion) was replaced by the little-used T.J. Yates. It doesn't figure to get any better in a Week 16 matchup against the playoff-hungry Steelers, who rank seventh in scoring defense (19.9 PPG).

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
8 months ago

Fairbairn missed an extra-point kick and a field-goal attempt in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn has missed four kicks (three FGA, one XPA) over the last two weeks, including a couple of tries inside the 50-yard line in last week's loss to the Titans. Head coach Bill O'Brien gave his beleaguered kicker a vote of confidence following the loss to the Titans and will no doubt have to answer questions this week about the former Lou Groza award winner out of UCLA. At this point, replacing the kicker is not going to matter much. The 4-9 Texans are still in the hunt for a postseason berth, but their chances are at less than one percent entering Week 15 against Jacksonville's top-ranked scoring defense (15.5 PPG).

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
9 months ago

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien suggested Monday that the team would stick with Fairbairn as its kicker, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's a good kicker. I have a lot of faith in him," O'Brien said of Fairbairn. "He had a bad day [in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Titans]. He'll be alright."

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn had a pair of costly missed field goals Sunday that changed the complexion of the contest, with the attempt he yanked wide left from 23 yards out in the third quarter especially brutal. The first-year kicker at least righted the ship before the end of the game by knocking home a 42-yard attempt, and his solid work on the whole this season looks like it will give him a little leeway before the Texans start working out other options. Through the Texans' 12 games, Fairbairn has connected on 17 of 21 field-goal tries and 29 of 31 extra-point attempts.

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
9 months ago

Fairbairn converted two of his four field-goal attempts in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Fairbairn had a 48-yard attempt hit the upright, then badly misfired on a 28-yard try that sailed wide left. The misses occurred at critical junctures that could have altered the game's eventual outcome. On balance, the Texans have been pleased with Fairbairn, who has connected on 17-of-21 FGA, but the rookie kicker has missed four of his last 10 tries. All of the misses have come in the last five games with Tom Savage at quarterback. As Houston's offense has regressed since Savage replaced the dynamic Deshaun Watson, any missed opportunity to score hurts.

QKa'imi Fairbairn
K HOU (10)
9 months ago

Fairbairn connected on all three field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Monday's 23-16 loss to the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

In an ideal world, the Texans are finishing off drives -- they scored one touchdown in four trips to the red zone -- but those failed drives enabled Fairbairn to post 10 points, a seven-week high. There's been some growing pains on offense since Tom Savage took over for Deshaun Watson (knee), but he's moved the team better the last two games, which has led to more scoring opportunities for Fairbairn.