Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Travis Labhart (19) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
So here we are looking at the all important game three of preseason. Here’s where you really get your game face on and show what you’ve got as a team, as players. The most important thing about this mile-high match up is to see if the team can work as one. All your starters that are healthy, all your pieces in place. But there is another aspect, cuts are coming soon, hard cuts to the roster. Names that have surprised us early might not get another chance and any time they are on the field they have to impress. These are young Texans players looking to make a difference.
First on this little list is a skinny young man out of Texas AM. Travis Labhart. He was a favorite target of Case Keenum on Saturday night pulling in 3 catches for 36 yards including a picture perfect sideline haul for 18. He’s got a hard road to make the team proper but I’d be shocked if he didn’t see a little play time against Denver at some point. Here’s a kid that could make a splash if he gets chance.
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On the other side of the ball we have Max Bullough, ILB out of Michigan State. He pulled down a pass, yes late in the 4th quarter but still. Those kinds of plays get you noticed. Being pro-active get’s you noticed. Getting a highlight reel from a home game, really nice. With the Texans last few years of not having a lot of luck keeping line backers upright having a young man showing potential is something the Texans need.
One player who did not stand out was former Rice kicker Chris Boswell. The supposed talk of a kicking competition may have just been done and over with with Randy Bullock nailing every kick while Boswell shanked 2 extra point kicks. Granted these were the trial 33 yard kicks but still. When you are trying to show your stuff, missing the extra point, twice isn’t helping your cause. Speaking of, I really like the 33 yard placement. Makes the field goal at least seem more dramatic. Here’s to hoping the make it permanent.
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