Today was the day that NFL teams needed to trim their rosters to 75 players. There were some notable names released:
During training camp and the preseason players get cut. Some of the guys the Texans released today are seeing their NFL dreams coming to an end, while some others are good enough to play and will latch on with another team. But during the cut to 75, most of them fall under the former.
Some of the guys released outright today were undrafted defensive lineman Ra’Zahn Howard out of Purdue, receiver Josh Lenz and linebacker Carlos Thompson. Howard signed with the Texans after the Supplemental Draft, Lenz sought to break in at a crowded receiver spot and Thompson played in two games for the Texans last season. For the full list, check out this tweet:
Injuries caused a lot of releases today. The team cut former sixth round pick Jeoffery Pagan with an injury settlement. The former Alabama defensive lineman played in all 16 games his rookie season, racking up ten tackles. Last season he played in just six games, and made one tackle.
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Also, the safety position battle got two contenders taken out today as Kurtis Drummond was placed on injured reserve and Lonnie Ballentine was placed on the PUP list. Drummond, a second year pro from Michigan State, played in nine games last season. He made 14 tackles and forced two fumbles. Ballentine played in two games last season. He made three tackles and got credit for one pass defended.
These two injuries could potentially open up roster spots for guys like Corey Moore to make the team. The former Georgia Bulldog made a few big hits and special teams tackles against the Cardinals on Sunday. Plenty of guys make teams because of special teams play, and Moore looks like a candidate to join them.