Houston Texans Roster Revealed
The Houston Texans have made significant moves to overhaul their roster since the start of the offseason. GM Nick Caserio hired Lovie Smith as the head coach. He acquired a lot of draft capital after the Deshaun Watson trade. Now the team has plenty of salary-cap space to sign outside talent. Ultimately, a multi-year rebuild is underway. Houston Texans Roster
Among the changes to the roster is the addition of quarterback Davis Mills. Although he is just starting his second season, the Texans hope he can become a starter. In the meantime, there is a good deal of uncertainty about the tight-end position. While the team has four wide receivers, there are questions about their depth. Hopefully, the team can make an addition via waivers or through free agency.
Also, the Texans have a solid defense. They are expected to be a good pass defense, and they have a strong group of defensive ends. Offensive linemen include Austin Deculus, Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms, and Derek Rivers. Defensive end Demone Harris, meanwhile, has been cut. On the other hand, the Texans have added Jalrees-Maybin, a former undrafted rookie. A big part of the Texans' offense will be Brandin Cooks, who returns after an impressive 1,000-yard season.
With the cuts, the Texans will now have 53 players on their roster. That's a number that's likely to fluctuate, especially after the final roster is set. Several players are expected to return to the practice squad. Others will be claimed off waivers. One of the potential candidates for an injured reserve spot is Tavierre Thomas. Another is Antony Auclair.
Some veteran players were also released. Former Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft pick Cedric Ogbuehi has been relegated to the practice squad. Similarly, Kevin Pierre-Louis has been placed on injured reserve with a coronavirus. His original contract was due to be paid $3.5 million, but the Texans will only have to pay him for eight games this season.
There are also a number of young talents on the roster. After making their 53-man roster, the Texans will have seven spots available to add outside talent. This means that the Texans could potentially bring in Jordan Steckler or Christian Kirksey to the practice squad.
Meanwhile, the Texans were able to make some moves at the safety position, re-signing veteran Terrence Brooks and signing Jalen Pitre. Earlier this offseason, they signed a second-round pick from Texas A&M, Kenyon Green. Both players were All-Mid-American Conference picks. Additionally, they traded a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings.
Overall, the Texans have a deep group of defensive ends and plenty of salary-cap room to sign outside talent. Even so, the Texans won't be very good this year. Unless they find an answer at quarterback, they won't be able to contend for the playoffs. However, they will be a lot better than they were last year.
In other news, the Texans have released Mason Schreck. Schreck was a seventh-round draft pick from the University of Buffalo. Previously, he played in the Cincinnati Bengals' secondary, recording 36 career tackles and one forced fumble.