There is only one game left before the Houston Texans have to reduce their roster to the last 53. For many, this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the last time they wear a Texans jersey, so let’s take a look at the final contenders.
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The depth table:
QB – Tyrod Taylor, Jeff Driskel, Davis Mills (R), Deshaun Watson
RB – Mark Ingram, David Johnson, Scottie Phillips
RB – Phillip Lindsay, Rex Burkhead, Buddy Howell, Paul Quessenberry (FB)
WR – Brandin Cooks, Anthony Miller, Alex Erickson, Andre Roberts, Nico Collins (R)
WR – Chris Conley, Keke Coutee, Chris Moore, Taywan Taylor, Jordan Veasy
TE – Pharaon Brown, Jordan Akins, Ryan Izzo, Anthony Auclair, Brevin Jordan (R)
LT – Laremy Tunsil, Charlie Heck, Geron Christian Sr.
LG – Max Scharping, Danny Isidora, Hjalte Froholdt
C – Justin Britt, Cole Toner, Ryan McCollum (R)
RG – Justin McCray, Lane Taylor, Carson Green (R)
RT – Tytus Howard, Marcus Cannon, Jordan Steckler
DE – Whitney Mercilus, Jacob Martin, Charles Omenihu, Derek Rivers
DT – Vincent Taylor, DeMarcus Walker, Roy Lopez (R)
DT – Maliek Collins, Ross Blacklock, Jaleel Johnson
DE – Jordan Jenkins, Shaq Lawson, Jonathan Greenard
WLB – Zach Cunningham, Hardy Nickerson, Neville Hewitt
MLB – Christian Kirksey, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Tae Davis
SLB – Kevin Pierre-Louis, Joe Thomas, Garret Wallow (R)
CB – Bradley Roby, Desmond King II, Tavierre Thomas
CB – Terrance Mitchell, Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornell Armstrong, Tremon Smith
S – Justin Reid, Terrence Brooks, AJ Moore Jr., Shyheim Carter
S – Eric Murray, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Jonathan Owens
P – Cameron Johnston
K – Kaimi Fairbairn
LS – Jon Weeks
H – Cameron Johnston
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Since the last depth map was released there have been a number of departures.
In attack, running back Darius Jackson, center Drake Jackson, tackle Roderick Johnson and tight end Kahale Warring were all cut off.
The offense appears to be the unit most likely to see big cuts in the coming weeks, especially among wide receivers and running backs where the competition is extremely tight but there are currently far too many corps.
Note: the depth table does not accurately represent the positions of some linemen.
Specifically, the start line last week saw Tytus Howard (listed on RT) playing left guard as he has done heavily throughout camp. Additionally, Charlie Heck (listed as an LT replacement) started out on the right tackle, again as he did for much of camp. And then there is Max Scharping (listed at LG) who started in right guard.
In terms of defense, again, there have been a few departures.
Defensive tackles Brandon Dunn and Auzoyah Alufohai have both been cut, while according to our exclusive report cornerback John Reid was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh round pick.
However, as it was not announced by the team itself, it remains on the depth map (we removed it).
Two new additions have also not been officially announced by the organization and therefore are not on the depth map, but will join them soon.
As TexansDaily.com was the first to report, cornerback Ka’Dar Hollman was acquired through a trade with the Green Bay Packers for a seventh round pick. We also told the story of another cornerback, Rasul Douglas, who signed here after being released by the Las Vegas Raiders.
The two will likely be competing for replacement spots on this list, potentially adding more quality and depth to a pool of positions that has been lacking in recent years.
Again to note: Last week’s start line saw Omenihu on the defensive end (listed here as a third pick).
The defensive backfield as a whole should experience a good rotation in the coming weeks given the number of players available. The inside defensive line looks almost ready after Dunn and Alufohai are released, however, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a defensive end or two abandoned.
Special teams remain unchanged and will likely do so unless there are last minute injuries.
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