Houston Texans sign Will Yeatman; plus other recent transactions
May 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Will Yeatman (72) during organized team activities at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Texans recently made four transactions as they signed two players, then released two others, as they now take a bit of a break on the field before training camp next month.
The Texans signed rookie defensive tackle Tim Jackson and offensive tackle Will Yeatman, and released rookie tight end Chris Coyle and rookie defensive end Sullivan Grosz.
Yeatman, 26, has four years of NFL experience as he’s formally played for the Miami Dolphins. He didn’t start a game last season, but did play in eight games for the Dolphins.
The 6-6, 315-pound offensive tackle played college football at Maryland. Yeatman should add depth to the tackle position behind Duane Brown and Derek Newton as David Quessenberry is unable to play this season as he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.
As a free agent, Yeatman also visited the Minnesota Vikings.
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Yeatman first reached the NFL as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots in 2011.
Jackson, 6-4, 270 pounds, played his college football at North Carolina, was timed with a 40-yard of 4.85.
The signing of Yeatman does interest me because I’m curious what type of depth he can bring to this offensive line, because the Texans do lack some quality depth on the o-line now since they will be without Quessenberry.
Hopefully Yeatman is that man to take that spot, but also remember how the Dolphins’ o-line struggled in allowing sacks last season, a unit Yeatman was with part of the season.
Yeatman didn’t finish last season as he’s coming off a torn ACL, so not only is he on a new team, but we also must see how he’ll hold up at OT this season. It will be interesting to see how much depth he can bring, but either way, this isn’t a bad signing.