The NFL mandated 53-man roster trim is set for Saturday, and the Texans’ front office have lots a work ahead of them. For the most part, many cuts will be predictable. However, the Texans have loads of talent, concentrated in certain positions, leaving the possibility of seeing many good players released. The Texans are talent heavy at defensive tackle, wide receiver, tight end, and in the secondary, and it will be hard to see some good talent end up being released and end up elsewhere besides the practice squad. Additionally, the Texans will have to make cuts in the offensive line,
At defensive tackle and nose tackle, the Texans have defensive tackles Amobi Okoye, Earl Mitchell, Malcolm Sheppard, Matt Unrein and at nose tackle Shaun Cody, Frank Okam and DelJuan Robinson. The line has been something the Texans have been working on improving for some time now, and it has paid off. The potential is there and the coaching has been paying off. Let’s hope the Cowboys game wasn’t a fluke.
At wide receiver, the Texans have Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, David Anderson, Andre Davis, Dorin Dickerson and Bobby Williams. Will Davis be cut with his large contract? Or will Williams be the easy cut?
The Texans tight ends include Owen Daniels (on the Physically Unable to Perform list), James Casey, Joel Dreessen, Garrett Graham and Derick Fine. Fine is the obvious cut due to Daniels being eased back, Dreessen’s reliability and blocking ability, Casey’s potential and improvement, and Graham’s potential and insurance.
After Fred Bennett’s release, the Texans cornerbacks include Kareem Jackson, Glover Quin, Brice McCain, Antwaun Molden, Jacques Reeves and Sherrick McManis. The Texans are pleased with McManis’ play and might stay put with Reeves’ 2008 free agent contract. Strong safety Torri Williams and free safety Nicholas Polk may end up on the practice squad.
Otherwise, the Texans linebacker situation has “issues” according to Kubiak and will likely stay put with Isaiah Greenhouse and Will Patterson closing out the position. Running backs Jeremiah Johnson and Chris Henry are battling it out and Johnson’s may not have the speed but he’s leading by a mile now. Chris White and Brett Helms are battling it out for the last center spot, and experience is on White’s side. Helms was an undrafted rookie in 2009 and served on last year’s practice squad. White competed, and then won by default the Texans starting center before starting center Chris Meyers arrival. There’s been no change, except remnant memories of last season, in Kris Brown and Neil Racker’s kicking competition. At kickoffs, each kicker’s kicking for the end zone. Either hasn’t missed a kick. The Tampa game is going to be huge, I’d scrap the Week 2 mentality in going for it where a 51-yard kick could be there to test the kickers. Tackles Steve Maneri and Cole Pemberton will likely find themselves on the practice squad. Will either backup tackle Adam Stenavich or Rashad Butler receive a pink slip?
For now the Texans’ front office have under five days to construct their final 53-man roster. From here on out, its only speculation but look for Preseason Week 4’s match up at Tampa Bay to be the final audition for many Texan players.