The fourth preseason game is upon the Houston Texans and the stakes are at an all time high for the bottom portion of the roster. NFL dreams will come to an end for some after Thursday night while some will be given life
Case Keenum Time
This is a big moment for the quarterback and all eyes will be on him to put together a performance to prove he is the best option at the back up quarterback position. He will start against the San Francisco 49ers but how long he gets on the field is the big question. A solid start with some command of the offense is what Keenum needs to show during game time.
Tom Savage Has A Chance
The rookie quarterback has a chance to end the Case Keenum era in Houston if he can build off his late game heroics against the Denver Broncos. If Savage has another game where he looks as good as he did in the game winning drive last week, he could easily be moved to the backup quarterback situation. If he can instill enough confidence in the coaching staff that he can handle the back up quarterback position, the Texans could use the open roster spot from Keenum in other areas of need on the team.
Getting Injured Players a Look
Players like Will Yeatmen, Louis Nix III, Shiloh Keo, Elbert Mack and Mike Thomas need to get playing time in during this game. They need live work to make up for what they have missed due to their respective injuries. This group has a chance to be on the 53 man roster but little work for them of late is a growing concern to get them into the game.
Roster Spot Competitions
Akeem Dent vs. Max Bullough
The veteran against the rookie and both bring something to the table for the team, Dent with his experience and Bullough with his youth and untapped potential.
Elbert Mack vs. Josh Victorian
Special teams contributors but the better option at cornerback in emergencies could be the deciding factor.
Eddie Pleasant vs. Shiloh Keo
Another special teams match up but both are one injury away from getting significant time on the defense. Pleasant’s recent play should not be overlooked with Keo out nursing an injury.
Alex Kupper vs. James Ferentz
Kupper has struggled at offensive guard and has not taken over the position as needed, while Ferentz has been better than average as a rookie free agent. Ferentz’s shining game came against the Atlanta Falcons where he handled some top defensive tackles in the league.
Uzoma Nwachukwu vs. Travis Labhart
The two former Aggies are competing for a spot in the wide receiver group. Nwachukwu has the best speed of the receivers and Labhart is a work in progress.
Tim Jamison vs. Ricardo Mathews
This has been one of the more interesting position battles of the preseason. Both bring something to the defensive line and we are convinced they should both make the 53 man roster.