Houston Texans Daily Roundup: Former players find new teams
The Houston Texans saw some of their former players find new teams on Tuesday, including a former offensive live lineman and a tight end from the current practice squad.
The Houston Texans had one of their former players in David Quessenberry join the team they’ll be facing this Sunday as he was signed by the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. Quessenberry was a member of the Texans organization for at least four years. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle wrote about the cancer survivor Quessenberry:
"“A former sixth-round draft pick from San Jose State, Quessenberry was an example of courage and perspective inside the Texans’ locker room.”"
After all Quessenberry went through to get to this point of his career and in his life it is hard not to be happy for the offensive linemen and not want to see the best for the player. The Texans gained a player who has upside and one that will be great for the team overall, on-and-off the field. Congratulations to Quessenberry and all the best to him for his NFL career.
• The Titans also signed a tight end from the Texans practice squad on Tuesday, taking MyCole Pruitt off the team and adding him to their roster following a Week 1 injury. Jim Wyatt of TItansOnline.com wrote about the transaction:
"“Pruitt, who played collegiately at Southern Illinois, has spent time with the Vikings, Bears and Texans since entering the league in 2015. In his career, he’s played in 21 career games, and has 12 catches for 122 yards.”"
This signing is for a player the Texans did have on their 53-man roster following cuts, but eventually landed on the practice squad. I like this signing for the Titans and it could work out well for them. Sure, Pruitt won’t replace the level of play provided by the injured Delanie Walker, but the Titans gained a player the Texans thought was good enough at one point to have on their 53-man roster.
• With the injury to offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson occurring over the weekend, the Texans as reported originally by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, are adding Roderick Johnson to the 53-man roster from their practice squad. Wilson reported the following as Houston worked out veteran tackles as well:
"“They worked out former Texans starting offensive tackle Chris Clark, former Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Austin Howard and former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, according to league sources …”"
Losing Henderson was a big hit for a Texans offensive line that isn’t the greatest to begin with. Having a young player like Johnson on the 53-man roster will be interesting just to see how quickly he’ll need to be used in the lineup, possibly as soon as this Sunday.
• Former Houston Texans lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday. Todd Archer of ESPN.com wrote the Cowboys gave Su’a-Filo a two-year deal:
"“He spent the first four years of his career with the Houston Texans, starting 31 of 32 games in 2016 and ’17 after being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft.”"
The Texans used Su’a-Filo in their lineup a lot during his time with the franchise, but now he’s on a rival team and maybe the Texans will get to face their former teammate this season. The Texans host the Cowboys in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football. This is a solid signing for the Cowboys because they get to have a player who has NFL experience and add to an offensive line that seemly isn’t what it used to be following the first game of the season.
• In a smart move by all involved the Texans placed cornerback Kevin Johnson on the injured reserve list (IR) following his concussion in Week 1 as Johnson is building a history with that type of injury. Alec Nathan of Bleacher Report wrote the following on the situation:
"“Johnson will be eligible to practice again in six weeks and return to the field in eight weeks if he is designated for return by the Texans.”"
This is the best move for Johnson when it comes to not only recovering but also helping with his quality of life. Johnson needs to take a break from game action and make sure his concussion issues are well taken care of. After the ensuing weeks are complete it will be interesting to see where he stands in terms of returning to the field for the Texans.
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Even with the loss to the New England Patriots the Texans defense had players who stood out according to Pro Football Focus. It is good to see Watt on the top of this list as an edge player with a grade of 84.4 out of 100. Watt should have an exciting season and his overall numbers will eventually jump up to what they once were if he stays healthy.