The Houston Texans could end up having to sign a tight end soon.
The Houston Texans are a little thin at the tight end position after they placed Ryan Griffin on season-ending injured reserve last week, after suffering his second concussion of the season.
The Texans took some time on Tuesday to work out free agent tight ends Gabe Holmes and Brandon Barnes, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans didn’t sign either Barnes or Holmes.
Holmes went undrafted in 2015 out of Purdue University and was then signed by the Oakland Raiders and was on their roster until 2016. He’s spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens this season.
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When it comes to Barnes, he’s an undrafted rookie out of Alabama State that has spent time on the Detroit Lions’ and New York Jets’ rosters this season.
The Texans only have two tight ends on their active roster with C.J. Fiedorowicz and Stephen Anderson.
The problem for Houston is that they can’t rely on Fiedorowicz, after he went down with his second concussion within one month during their opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He just came off of injured reserve and played this past Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
So, if Fiedorowicz goes down and Anderson is the only healthy tight end on the Texans’ roster, they’ll need to make some calls and sign someone. Which is likely why they brought in both Holmes and Barnes for workouts. It gives them an idea on whether or not either player would be worth signing down the road.