Houston Texans receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu, whose nickname is EZ, has seen his name pop up more than once during the teams training camp as he hopes to finally make the final roster for the Texans.
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In a camp that sees veteran receivers like Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts III battle against a highly touted rookie in Jaelen Strong for a spot opposite starter DeAndre Hopkins, it would seem hard for a third year player that was undrafted out of Texas A&M to make the team.
Factor in that Houston also spent a fifth round pick on another receiver in Keith Mumphery and recently re-signed Damaris Johnson and that goal would seem like even less of a possibility.
Still, Nwachukwu has come into camp and done all he can to make a case for himself. The young man whose first name, which is Nigerian, translates to “the road is good” and Nwachukwu translating to “child of God,” started the first day of camp on a good note.
"Uzoma Nwachukwu had the catch of the day when he pulled a full 180 degree jump to catch the back shoulder throw off the arm of Mallett. He ran precise routes and looked very comfortable working with Mallett and Hoyer today. Nwachkukwu has always done good things during camp, now it is up to the wide receiver to carry this over to the preseason games."
Most recently in the joint practice agains Washington, EZ caught the attention of team analyst John Harris as he had one of the better days of his solid camp.
"WR EZ Nwachukwu had, more than likely, the best period of his three days up in Richmond. The first rep I saw of his, he shook a Redskin DB and headed to the back pylon in the end zone. Mallett dropped a gem at the back corner of the scoring area, right in front of me and Nwchukwu held on to the wet pigskin. I was feet away from him when it happened and he was stoked that he made the catch."
As stated above, the receiver needs to turn this good camp into a productive preseason if he wishes to continue to the 53-man roster for Houston. To this point in his career that has not been the case as in two preseason he has recorded only seven receptions for 50 yards.
However, if Nwachukwu can continue to make things look “EZ” in the preseason he will make it hard for the Texans to cut him and risk losing him for a third straight season.