Before the Houston Texans take the field, we give our quick 53 man roster before the games start separating players in the depth chart.
Through ten days of training camp and the mini camps and OTAs, here is the early bird 53 man roster.
Not sold on Keenum as the back up to this point. Savage will be here to develop, but the quarterback situation is troubling.
Running Back (4)
The biggest omission is Andre Brown and it has to do with the emergence of Grimes and Blue. All three of the Texans running backs can be three down
backs, Grimes gets the nod because of his ability to play special teams.
Tight Ends (3)
Pretty much set in stone.
Wide Receivers (6)
Nwachukwu to this point has played himself into a roster spot. With the amount of pace the offense is going to play with, the Texans better have enough
wide receivers to keep up.
Offensive Tackle (4)
Offensive Guards (4)
The offensive line is a sticky situation and it starts at offensive tackle. Despite being signed, Tyson Clabo has a long way to go to prove he belongs
on the team. Better to keep the upside of Bloomsburg product Matt Feiler.
Defensive Line (6)
The Texans will be able to play big on the defensive line with Powe, Mathews, Nix and Pagan. How Watt is used in the defense will be something
Outside Linebacker (4)
This group has become better with the Clowney addition and looks to be a rotation set up for the season. If Groves doesn’t hold his spot, look for
rookie Jason Ankrah to be a factor is he can put it together in the preseason.
Inside Linebacker (5)
Tuggle has become a nice surprise with his work during training camp. Mohamed and Tarpinian have been getting some good looks with Cushing and Dent
out. Their increased time during camp is only helping the group for the season.
This group needs to find a steady third cornerback and it will be between Bouye and Harris, and Bouye has the leg up in the competition to this point. Hal has been emerging better than expected despite being a late round draft pick.
The Texans will be using three safeties often and having the top three healthy and ready to play is important for the defensive game plan. Starling ends up being a better fit
than Keo and Pleasant due to him being a better fit at free safety.
The only thing to watch is if rookie kicker Chris Boswell can overtake Bullock for the kicking duties.