March 20, 2018

Texans Pick Up Thomas Austin off of Waivers

On Sunday, the Houston Texans picked up 6’4″ 310 lbs. guard from the New England Patriots, Thomas Austin. The undrafted rookie from Clemson was a rookie in 2010 and was originally brought into the league by the Minnesota Vikings. Only 24 years old, Austin was All-ACC second team in 2008 and 2009 and to date has played no games in the NFL.

Austin was the Co-Captain for the 2009 Tigers and paved the way for ACC Player of the Year, C.J. Spiller. Austin played his Senior year as a graduate student and led all Tigers in active snaps which led to a 3rd team All-American honors. Playing center and guard at his career at Clemson he started 38 of 39 games in his career at Death Valley. Austin is one of the most decorated offensive lineman in Clemson history, but ended up becoming an undrafted free agent.

According to Ravens insider, Aaron Wilson, the Texans beat out the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts on their waiver claim, which proves he was valuable commodity on the open market. According to Jayson Braddock, of the X-Log, Austin came out of college in a zone blocking scheme and was hurt by the Vikings and Patriots offensive system, which hurt his chances in the NFL. Also it seems the Texans have had their eyes on Austin for a while, because how quick they picked him up off waivers. Chances look like the Texans have added some quality depth with Austin and looks like he is built for this system.



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