Texans Sign Jake Byrne off Chargers Practice Squad
The Houston Texans have signed tight end Jake Byrne off of the San Diego Chargers practice squad. Byrne replaced the injured Owen Daniels on the active roster after being placed on the injured reserve (designated to return) earlier in the day. Byrne was released by the Texans on the last round of cuts entering the start of 2013 season and was promptly signed the Chargers practice squad.
He measures in at 6-4 and 258 lbs. and in his 1st season out of the University of Wisconsin, he graduated in 2011.
Garrett Graham will become the starter for the Texans with rookie Ryan Griffin being the second tight end on the two tight end sets. Byrne should be active on game days, and be used in the offenses three tight end sets. He has displayed in camp that he can block efficiently in the run game and has good enough hands to contribute in the passing game. His snaps will be limited but he was the most suitable replacement for the situation with his knowledge of the Texans offensive system.