Houston Texans: Building a team from Buffalo Bills castoffs
By Jair Lopez
Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine is signing players from his previous employment, the Buffalo Bills.
Since taking over the duties as the general manager of the Houston Texans, Brian Gaine has signed multiple players from the Buffalo Bills. Gaine served as the vice president of player personnel for the Bills the previous season before returning to the Texans for a bigger role in the front office.
During the offseason and preseason, Gaine signed quarterback Joe Webb III, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, and wide receiver Quan Bray. The only player that didn’t make the cut for the final 53-man roster was Bray.
However, a week into the regular season, with cornerback Kevin Johnson suffering another concussion and Henderson breaking his ankle, it forced the front office to retool the roster again. Henderson’s season-ending injury prompted the promotion of practice squad offensive tackle Roderick Johnson. The Texans also signed veteran cornerback Shareece Wright, who spent the previous season with the Bills where he served as depth in the secondary.
Having two practice squad roster spots vacant with the promotion of Johnson and the Tennessee Titans signing tight end MyCole Pruitt from the Texans practice squad, the Texans signed cornerback Breon Borders and wide receiver Malachi Dupre. Both of them also spent the 2017 season with the Bills where Gaine had an up-close look at both players and their abilities.
The Texans have signed a total of six Buffalo Bills players during the era of general manager Gaine. It’ll be intriguing to see whether Gaine continues to address the needs of the roster with more ex- Bills players.
The Bills haven’t necessarily been one of the better teams in developing players, so it’s not a good sign to see Texans acquiring players that weren’t able to make a meaningful contribution in their previous team.