Only a handful of roster decisions will be made because of how players perform in the upcoming final preseason game for the Texans. At least that’s what I think. There aren’t very many spots to be had. This year it really comes down to a numbers game. They have so many injury and performance issues at both linebacker and in the secondary, it’s going to be tough to predict what the Texans do there, but here goes.
3 QB – Schaub, Yates, Keenum
4 RB – Foster, Tate, Karim, Jones
5 WR – Johnson, Hopkins, Posey, Martin, Jean
3 TE – Daniels, Graham, Griffin
9 OL – Brown, Smith, Myers, Brooks, Newton, Jones, R Harris, B Williams, Quessenberry
7 DL – Watt, Mitchell, Smith, Crick, C Jones, McClain, Jamison
9 LB – Mercilus, Cushing, Mays, B Reed, Sharpton, Jefferson, Braman, Montgomery, T Williams
6 CB – Joseph, Jackson, McCain, Harris, Carmichael, Bouye
4 S – Manning, Reed, Swearinger, Keo
3 Special Teams
LS Weeks, P Lechler, K Bullock
5 RB-Clutts, Den. Johnson, Wood,
4 WR-Lemon, Nwachukwu, Cruse, Smith
7 OL-Gardner, White, Menkin,
Mondek, B Collins, Kupper, Horn
4 DL-Muir, Hunter, Browner,
7 LB-Dobbins, Mohammed, C Collins, Del. Johnson, Tuggle,
3 CB- Mack, Starling,
2 S-Pleasant, Johnson
Shapiro Strikethroughs = players cut 8/26
Among the tough decisions were cutting Clutts, Dobbins, Mohammed, Pleasant and Lemon. Had they not found Greg Jones on the market for cheap, Clutts very easily could’ve been the starting fullback this year. He’s a good not great blocker and a good special teams player – but with Jones aboard, he’s a luxury they can’t afford.
Had Joe Mays been available for cheap, it’s reasonable to think Dobbins could’ve been the starter next to Cushing. Now when Dobbins got hurt also this camp, that plan never really took shape. But he did start Saturday, it essentially comes down to him or Sharpton. Either that or they keep 4 inside linebackers, which is a strong consideration. (Honestly, I should allow for Sam Montgomery or Trevardo Williams to get hurt in Thursday’s game, so they can go on IR and they can keep 4 inside backers.) Mike Mohammed has been very productive and got tons of work with the starters throughout this camp, remember him down the road when their inside guys get hurt during the year.
Anthony Pleasant is really just a guy at this point, but I’m taking a leap that Ed Reed goes on the roster and the team can limp through the first few weeks with Harris being the emergency safety and starting Keo. I’ll say it again, the Texans should be embarrassed that they have Keo not only on the team, but starting. He will be picked on unmercifully by every capable team. The Texans will just have to hope that San Diego and Tennessee aren’t capable of doing that. Their next three opponents – Baltimore, Seattle and San Francisco – surely would exploit that.
Alec Lemon did all that he could to show he can play in the NFL, aside from his drop in the endzone on Sunday, which he atoned for with a touchdown grab seconds later. He was very productive the last two years at Syracuse and I’m more than the Texans have noticed him. It’d be nice to sneak him through waivers and get him on the practice squad. They’ll take that chance that he doesn’t get claimed.
Now let’s see if anything on Thursday night against Dallas, affects this.
Here was the last roster projection – 53-man projection, take 2
– Wex (@awexler)