More depth was added to the Houston Texans roster on Monday with the addition of cornerback Kayvon Webster, as players continue to battle to make the 53-man roster.
Having solid depth on the roster for the 2018 season will be key for the Houston Texans, and they shored up their defensive backfield on Monday afternoon when they signed cornerback Kayvon Webster. In fact, this offseason the Texans have added more than just Webster to their defensive backfield.
Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com wrote about how the Texans are adding depth to their defensive backfield:
"“Heading into their final preseason week, the Texans continue to fortify their secondary, which saw the additions of Tyrann Mathieu, Aaron Colvin and Johnson Bademosi in free agency.”"
Picking up a veteran like Webster late in the preseason is a nice move for the Texans. Webster played last season for the Los Angeles Rams and in 11 games totaled 38 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception. Before last season, he played his first four seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Adding Webster to their rotation in the defensive backfield makes the Texans better, but how much better is the ultimate question.
• The preseason is winding down for the Texans, meaning eventually the final 53-man roster will be set before we know it. Sean Pendergast of the Houston Press predicted the roster of the Texans in his 53-man roster prediction 3.0 article, including Houston keeping running back Troymaine Pope:
"“He’s faded a little bit since his breakout against the Chiefs in the first preseason game, but he offers more as a third down back than Tyler Ervin.”"
Keeping Pope seems to be the popular move for the Texans in prediction articles, and it is tough not to think that same way as well. Granted, Pope didn’t play a snap in the regular season last year and has played in just four regular-season games combined in his career with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, but having Pope on the roster feels like the smart choice. Who knows, maybe another player becomes available in free agency once cuts are made throughout the league and more decisions will have to be made.
• John McClain of the Houston Chronicle took a closer look at the wide receiver depth chart of the Texans, saying “wide receiver is a pivotal spot” for the Texans:
"“Because injuries took a toll on receivers last season, the Texans may have to keep six: DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, Bruce Ellington, Braxton Miller and Sammie Coates Jr.”"
The final cut of the Texans when it comes to the wide receiver position is going to be very interesting to watch because if the Texans do keep six wide receivers, which spots on the roster will be affected with six wide receivers staying on the roster?
McClain also wrote in the article about how special teams contributions will come into play when making final decisions, and that will most likely be the case when it comes to selecting wide receivers to stay on the roster in 2018.
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