Houston Texans: Fighting for a roster spot

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Aug 7, 2015; Richmond, VA, USA; Houston Texans defensive back Charles James (31) dances beside cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) prior to their joint practice with the Washington Redskins as part of day eight of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Charles James II

Cornerback Charles James II has been a star on “Hard Knocks” this season for his personality and hard work on the field. He has gotten onto rookies for failing to make plays during practice and then stepped up during game time.

He has delivered in the games, whether it was downing punts inside the five yard line or making big plays on offense as a running back, that one was nullified by a hold but it was still a great run.

Still, it is a numbers game and James plays one of the deepest positions on the Texans roster. The top three spots are locked up tight with Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph and first round pick Kevin Johnson.

That leaves James doing one of two things, battling A.J. Buoye for the fourth spot, or hoping the team goes five deep at cornerback.

Head coach Bill O’Brien said it himself that the kid from Charleston Southern has made it very tough on the coaching staff to make a decision. It appears the coaches didn’t think there would be any change to the corners on their roster, but James is doing all he can to change their mind.

If he can go out against Dallas and play with the same energy and effectiveness he has in the previous three games, I doubt his name will show up on Saturday during the final cuts.

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