March 17, 2018

The 2014 Texans UDFAs: A Closer Look (Part 1)

Part One of the UDFAs Series 


Rookie mini camp is arriving at the end of the week through the week and the Houston Texans will have over 30 rookies, drafted and free agents, looking to make a difference on the new season. The Texans have been kind to undrafted free agents with the likes of Tim Jamison, Arian Foster, Justin Tuggle, Dennis Johnson and A.J. Bouye who all arrived in Houston the hard way.

The Texans are rolling out a new group of rookie free agents who will certainly create more stories before the season kicks off.

Undrafted free agents are signed at the NFL minimum salary. However, teams are allotted $80,362 dollars to use as a signing bonus to attract the best free agents.



Bryan Witzmann, 6-7, 305 lbs, South Dakota State, Offensive Tackle

Witzmann started every game in his 4 year career for the Jackrabbits which ended up being a school record. (49 Games) Witzmann was selected to participate in the College All Star Bowl after his senior season.

Doug Peete,  6-3, 250 lbs, South Dakota State, Outside Linebacker 

A three year starter at defensive end and outside linebacker for the Jackrabbits, Peete was selected 2nd team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2012 and was honorable mention during his senior season when he totaled 70 total tackles, 10 TFLS and 5 quarterback sacks.


Max Bullough, 6-3, 249 lbs., Michigan State, Inside Linebacker

A two-time captain of the Spartans, Bullough appeared in 53 games and was a tackling machine from the middle. His best statistical season was in 2012 when he totaled 111 tackles with 12.5 TFLS and 2.5 sacks leading a tenacious Spartans defense. Bullough was considered a 4th to 5th round prospect, but it appears his off the field issues seems to have taken a toll on his draft stock. He was suspended for the Rose Bowl this past season for an undisclosed reason, which is a story that no one really knows.


Anthony Denham, 6-4, 235 lbs, Utah, Tight End 

Denham spent two years playing for the Utes and had his best season during the 2013 season where he had 24 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Considered a raw size prospect, Denham has plenty to learn when it comes to the position.

He missed some time with a broken thumb and hamstring iusse, Denham has outstanding size and length for the position.


Travis Labhart, 5-9, 182 lbs., Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

The three-year letterman from College Station was Johnny Manziel’s safety blanket from the slot position in 2013. In his senior season he had 51 receptions for 626 yards and 8 touchdowns. A sure handed threat from the slot, Labhart paid his dues and then became a threat in his only season to produce for the Aggies.


Austin Brown, 6-2, 295 lbs., Defensive Tackle, Miami (OH)

A captain of the Redhawks, Brown played four seasons and tootled 167 total tackles from the trenches. A high motor player he produced 27.5 TFLS with 7 quarterback sacks and had 3 forced fumbles to go with it. Considered a nose tackle, Brown has plenty of talent to make his mark on this roster.


Tyone Ezell, 6-4, 305 lbs, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

Appearing in 38 games for the Panthers, Ezell had 77 total tackles in his four seasons. Starting 25 games his final two seasons a Pitt, Ezell primarily played nose tackle and was a team captain his senior season.

In 2009, Ezell was selected as the Pitt’s Defensive Prep Player of the Year.


Chris Martin, 6-5, 303 lbs., Offensive Tackle, Central Florida

A fixture for the Knights at right tackle, Martin has been described as a pure athlete. Martin has a tight end background, he appeared in 48 games from 2010-2013 protecting the #3 overall pick Blake Bortles. Martin started at tight end for four games in 2012 before being moved back to offensive tackle.

Martin was all AAC-Conference second team in 2013 and was part of Phill Steele’s All America team.

Chris Boswell, 6-2, 200 lbs. Kicker, Rice University 

Considered the top long distance kicker in the country, Boswell was invited to the 2014 Senior Bowl.  Appearing in 51 games since 2010 he had 224 kickoffs with 121 of those being touchbacks, and was 65-88 in field goals with his career long of 57 yards. He made 95.3% of his PATs (172 attempts).

Boswell made 13 field goals over 50 plus yards in his career and set a Rick single season record with 23 made field goals in 2012.

2 Responses to “The 2014 Texans UDFAs: A Closer Look (Part 1)”
  1. Adam says:

    Dude… I love Brown. Guys legs never stop moving and he’s super active with his hands. He’s shedding these guys at will most of the time. I really hope he makes this team based on what I saw here. Some high level competition in there as well. I would describe him as a Nose Backer. He plays like a line backer on the nose…

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