Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Tyson Clabo before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
It’s been a busy day for the Texans, even though camp hasn’t quite started the final pieces coming into play are being set. First the bad news, two more players cut. Obviously bad is a relative, but for the players it is rarely a good moment. Rookie defensive lineman Tim Jackson was cut by the team for failure to disclose a medical condition. No further details were provided. Also fullback Brad Smelley was also served walking papers. As is usual there was not an announcement as to why, just that it happened. This leaves rookie Jay Prosch as the prime fullback going into 2014. Which is fine. Foster does well with a blocker in front of him as much as he succeeds without one. I’m more excited on hearing Foster being set free down range to catch some passes. If Prosch can prove efficient as a pass blocker that will go a long way to letting Arian sneak out when the defenses least expect such moves.
Fortunately, there are good things to report as well today. Bill O’Brien is collecting tight ends for his new offense. The Texans signed rookie Chris Coyle who was undrafted out of Arizona State. Coyle recored 423 passing yards on 29 catches last season. Coyle is a solid pick up to join the growing stable of TE the Texans have. O’Brien is certainly changing the Texans offense radically from where Kubiak was taking the team. Here’s hoping regardless the final record the team is as fun to watch as the potential is shaping up to be. While it’s no secret I’m not sold on the Fitzpatrick starter gig that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to see how things shape up moving forward. We Texans fans have had to suffer terribly from years of predictable Offense that while had it’s good times was rarely “exciting to watch” football as a general rule.
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Finally veteran right tackle, Tyson Clabo has let the sunny confines of Miami to join the Texans in the air conditioned comfort of NRG Stadium. This is an excellent signing and should make our O-Line that much stronger moving forward. Clabo had a bad/good season last year allowing 8 sacks in the first 6 games of the season but returned to form in the back half allowing a mere 3 after that. One wonders if the drama in the Dolphin’s locker room had anything to do with that? Anyway you look at this move, it was a good one for the Texans. Whether he takes the starting job outright or is used more as a swing tackle doesn’t matter. Oh, last but not least, Andre Johnson was seen at the Texans facilities this week. While he hasn’t officially returned but this is certainly a good sign. The Texans without Andre will happen eventually but let’s let that moment come on a high note, not this off season drama.
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