The Houston Texans have just one preseason game left before many important decisions have to be made as the final week of the preseason has arrived.
This is it for many on the current active roster of the Houston Texans because this is the final week of the NFL preseason, and that means a lot of tough decisions are about to be made pertaining to the roster of the Houston Texans.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle broke down the Texans roster before the final cut occurs, as the Texans will be cutting their roster from 90 players to the final 53-man roster this Friday. McClain wrote the following about the roster when it pertains to the running backs:
"“Pope seems to be ahead of Ervin. It’s difficult imagining them keeping four backs at the expense of a better player at another position.”"
This is a tough choice for the Texans to make when deciding which running backs to keep on the roster. We all know Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman (who is injured) and Alfred Blue are basically all but on the roster for the upcoming season. McClain believes Troymaine Pope is ahead of Tyler Ervin for the final running back spot on the roster, so seeing which of those two players stays will be something to watch this week.
• T.A. Mock of House of Houston wrote about why the Texans should run a 4-3 defense, giving four reasons as why they should do so, especially when it comes to J.J. Watt’s career:
"“JJ still has a lot of very good years of football left in him. But, I believe a switch to a 4-3 may even give him more years in this league.”"
This is an article that will make you think, and it does make a person wonder what is the best thing for Watt’s career, as he is still the most important player on the defensive roster of the Texans. Houston needs Watt to stay healthy after struggling the past two seasons, so any way to make that happen is something worth looking into.
• One player on the Texans who pushed himself toward staying on the roster this past weekend was Braxton Miller, who caught a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams. Drew Daugherty of HoustonTexans.com wrote this of the wide receiver over the weekend, quoting Miller about the score:
"“It was a hurry-up offense play,” Miller said. “It was kind of sloppy but we came out on top. The ball was thrown to me. I went to see it, and I went and got it.”"
As Miller ended the game with three receptions, he is still making his case to stay on the roster of the Texans, as it is still unsure what the franchise is going to do when it comes which wide receiver they want to keep. It still isn’t a lock Miller returns to the Texans this season, but even if he makes the roster for the 2018 season, it is a certainty his numbers are going to have to improve to make an impact for the team this season.
• Andie Hagemann of NFL.com wrote that Kayvon Webster is “headed to Houston” and wrote the following about the defensive back:
"“The defensive back and special teamer is signing a one-year deal with the Texans, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. The contract is worth $2 million, a source tells Rapoport.”"
The depth of the defensive backfield does need some additional work to it going into the season, plus the Texans do need some help with the special teams aspect of their roster as well. At this point of the preseason, this isn’t a bad signing, and it makes sense for the team to add some depth at cornerback to give the team more options at the position.
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Having a player the caliber of Tyrann Mathieu as a free safety for the Texans is very exciting to see, especially since he’ll be paired up at the position with strong safety Kareem Jackson.
That could become a very strong safety combo for the Texans, which the team will need facing some tough quarterbacks in the AFC South like Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota twice a season. This is something to be excited about, Texans fans.