Texans make pair of roster moves ahead of Browns game

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The Houston Texans made some minor roster moves prior to their week six game against the Cleveland Browns.

Almost two weeks ago, the Houston Texans signed safety Marcus Cromartie to their 53-man roster.

Cromartie is the cousin of NFL cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antonio Cromartie.

Unfortunately Marcus Cromartie’s time in Houston didn’t last very long, after being active for only one game and not recording a single stat.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on Saturday that the Texans released Cromartie and have signed safety Kurtis Drummond from their practice squad to their 53-man roster.

Drummond spent the first four weeks of the season on the Texans’ roster, but was released when they signed free agent linebacker Ben Heeney.

Drummond is in his third year out of Michigan State. He has a total of 14 tackles and two forced fumbles during his career so far.

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The Texans like to blitz.

I’m not sure how this compares to other seasons, but the Texans are blitzing a whole lot this season, according to Pro Football Focus.

As you can see below, Houston is blitzing opposing quarterbacks 41 percent of the time. They’re ranked second in this stat behind the Browns, who they of course play on Sunday.

With J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus done for the remainder of the season, the Texans may not have a choice but to blitz even more in order to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

I would expect to see guys like Zach Cunningham and recently signed Lamarr Houston rushing the passer at times from here on out.