5 Texans Position Battles for the Preseason

5 Texans Position Battles for the Preseason

The Houston Texans are close to opening up their preseason schedule, there are position battles to monitor for spots on the 53 man roster.

Case Keenum vs. Tom Savage

Case Keenum has to prove he can separate himself from Tom Savage throughout the preseason. Keenum should get some extended looks to see what exactly he can do in the new offense. If Tom Savage can put together a good enough preseason to make the difference between him and Keenum non existent, Savage could easily move into the back up role for the Texans.

Keenum not putting enough on film for the Texans during preseason could leave some doubt on if he can be the backup. The Texans staff is in place to win games and if they don’t feel that Keenum is the best option available, when other quarterbacks across the NFL are released it could open the door for a change prior to the season.

Brandon Harris vs. A.J. Bouye

This is for the third cornerback position and both will get plenty of time on the field for one of the cornerbacks to win the third spot on the depth chart. Harris and Bouye should be on the field at the same time and the one that comes out on top should be the primary boundary cornerback in nickel and dime situations with Kareem Jackson in the slot and Johnathan Joseph as the opposite cornerback.

Harris has struggled the majority of training camp but will get the first crack to keep the position. Bouye’s camp has been outstanding to this point and it will be up to Harris to hold him off until week one.

Randy Bullock vs. Chris Boswell

Randy Bullock has real competition in camp with the arrival of Chris Boswell. Boswell has been more consistent to this point through camp than Bullock, but that means little until the lights are cut on in real games.

Andre Brown vs. Jonathan Grimes

The veteran in Andre Brown brings the power back to the offense that can push the pile and get those short tough yards. Jonathan Grimes has emerged during camp as a three down back who can catch, run and play special teams when needed.

With Arian Foster and Alfred Blue locked to make the roster (barring injury), the rounding out of the depth chart comes to Brown and Grimes. The offense is still able to run with Grimes in the offense while Brown gives the offense the power run game option. Both will get their time on the field and will be asked to prove their worth.

Uzoma Nwachukwu vs. The Numbers Game

Wide Receiver Ez Nwachukwu has taken a considerable jump from year one to two as a football player. Better routes and sure handed catching passes, Nwachukwu has put his name into the discussion as one of the top five wide receivers on the team.

He is the fastest wide receiver on the team and has the ability to play on the outside or inside as receiver in the offense. If Nwachukwu can put together a solid preseason, he will make the staff consider long and hard when cuts start coming to keep him on the 53 man roster.

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