Texans 53 Man Roster: Version 3.0
The first preseason game is in the books and the Houston Texans have evaluated the roster and are now heading into their second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. Practice time set the stage for Friday night and there were plenty of surprises from players, and disappointments to go along with it.
The position battles have just begun and in this installment of the 53 man roster prediction there are some major shakeups to the roster. Take a look.
Texans 53 Man Roster 3.0
Green denotes Rookies
Quarterback: Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum
At this point, who is the backup or third string does not matter. As long as Matt Schaub is upright, the rest is formalities.
Runningback: Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Cierre Wood
In our 53 man roster prediction right after OTAs, Wood was there and is still here at this point. Wood understands the offense and his one cut running style is what the Texans like. There is still room to grow for the back out of Notre Dame and he could easily step into a backup role, if necessary.
Fullback: Greg Jones
Still the same, Jones will be the guy in week one.
Tight End: Owen Daniels, Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin
This group is growing into one of the strengths of the team. Graham and Griffin are good pieces to compliment Daniels and also are the future pieces for the offense.
Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Keshawn Martin, Lestar Jean, Alan Bonner
The biggest question mark of this group is Jean and his up and down performance puts him fighting for a roster spot. Jean’s future rests on DeVier Posey and how quick he comes back. If he does, there is a good chance that it could be the end of the road for Jean.
Offensive Tackles: Duane Brown, Derek Newton, Brennan Williams, Ryan Harris
The tackles are set and Harris will be the swing tackle for the season. One thing to watch is Williams coming back from his knee issue. He could possibly be an I.R. stash if he can’t get healthy in time.
Offensive Guards: Wade Smith, Ben Jones, Brandon Brooks, David Quessenberry
The best thing of this group is their versatility with Jones and Quesseberry. Quessenberry has been working at all of the positions except center, while Jones has been working at all three interior spots. It will help the team to keep less linemen moving into the season and concentrate on other roster positions.
Center: Chris Myers
Still the man for the Texans at center.
PUP: DeVier Posey
Defensive End: J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith, Jared Crick, Tim Jamison, Chris Jones
The Texans look like they will carry five defensive linemen and all five of them bring something different to the team. Crick gives some extra run support while Jamison and Jones have some good interior pass rush to help out. The rookie Jones has really turned into a new player since he was able to put on pads.
Nose Tackle: Earl Mitchell, David Hunter
No secret how much better Mitchell has become and Hunter can be a good run filler when needed. They have a nice combination right now at nose tackle and Hunter is making the most of his chances at the moment in practice and the first preseason game.
Outside Linebacker: Brooks Reed, Whitney Mercilus, Sam Montgomery, Willie Jefferson, Justin Tuggle
This is the biggest shakeup to the roster and it is for good reason. Right now Jefferson and Tuggle give the Texans a presence on the edge that Bryan Braman and Trevardo Williams do not. We respect what Braman does on special teams but the reality is Jefferson could possibly do that and give you something on defense, a pass rush. As for Tuggle, he has some presence about him on the field and it is more than Williams has brought, despite being a drafted rookie. Tuggle and Jefferson could help out an outside linebacker position group that needs help.
Inside Linebackers: Brian Cushing, Darryl Sharpton, Tim Dobbins, Joe Mays
Health is definitely the issue but this group looks much better than it did when training camp opened. Cushing and Dobbins have not worked in preseason and when they return it should be an even better situation to look at.
Cornerback: Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Brice McCain, Brandon Harris, A.J. Bouye, Elbert Mack
This group is going to take some slight change with the addition of Bouye, who has not disappointed since he arrived. He put together a solid preseason performance but left some big plays on the field. Also, the addition of the veteran Mack will be needed for insurance. Both Bouye and Mack have put together some solid work in camp and during the first preseason game.
Safety: Ed Reed, Danieal Manning, D.J. Swearinger, Shiloh Keo, Eddie Pleasant
This group will have to bring another safety into the season with Reed’s status up in the air for week one. Reed will be with the team but they will play it safe and bring Pleasant on the 53. The Texans will roll with Mannning, Keo and Swearinger to open the season and they could be the starting group for a short portion of time.
Kicker: Randy Bullock
Punter: Shane Lechler
Long Snapper: Jon Weeks
(TE) Jake Bryne
(ILB) Cameron Collins
(OLB) Trevardo Williams
(WR) Alec Lemon
(FB) Zach Boren
(WR) EZ Nwachukwu
(OL) Bryan Collins
(OL) Cody White
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