The Houston Texans continue to make roster changes as they released a wide receiver before the final preseason game of the season, making for an interesting rest of the week.
Players being released is just part of the game, especially this time of the year. On Tuesday, the Houston Texans released wide receiver Chris Thompson, and in the process of his release, the Texas also lost a kick returner as well.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle documented the release of Thompson, discussing that Thompson had been sidelined with a concussion this preseason:
"“Thompson was sidelined for the majority of the preseason with a concussion sustained during the start of training camp. However, he had recently returned to practice after his symptoms had subsided.”"
Cuts are going to be made, and for the Texans, this is one that had to happen with all of the wide receivers currently on the roster. This most likely means Braxton Miller and Sammie Coates have done enough to keep their spot on the roster, and it will be interesting to see what other decisions the Texans make moving forward.
• Roster projections are hitting the web with this being the final week of the preseason, and many have opinions on who the Texans will keep. Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com says the Texans will keep six wide receivers when the 53-man roster is finalized:
"“The Texans’ receiving corps is stronger than the group was a year ago at this point, especially with a healthy Fuller. Coutee missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, but now that he is back, he should get opportunities in the slot.”"
This is most likely going to happen with the six wide receivers who are currently on the roster, unless a player is released elsewhere who the Texans believe can help them in a better capacity. At first, I didn’t believe the Texans would keep six receivers, but the longer this preseason goes, it seems like the Texans should do so just to be prepared for any potential injury.
• Though many see the final preseason game as something just to get over with, Marc Vandermeer of HoustonTexans.com sees plenty at stake for the franchise as they prepare for the 2018 season:
"“For all we know, Bill O’Brien and Brian Gaine have their minds made up about the roster. But just maybe there’s a performance or two that can be a foot in the door to create a spot for one of the bubble players.”"
I agree with Vandermeer in that most of the spots are probably set for the Texans, but the game on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys is still important for a few players who are on the roster bubble. I’m still interested in seeing who earns the final running back spot, and just how confident is everyone with the backup quarterback position?
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Again, we are back to the wide receiver position for the Texans. It still seems like the Texans are going with six wide receivers, and seeing that John McClain of the Houston Chronicle even feels this is an important decision for the team gives everyone something to think about during the exhibition contest.