Houston Texans: Who are the odd men out at tight end in 2019?
Are Fells and Adams the “Odd Men Out?”
Unfortunately for Darren Fells and Jerell Adams, they will most likely be cut in the trim down to the 53-man roster as the odd men out of the tight end group.
Fells was brought in on a one year contract from Cleveland, and Adams was signed last season to the practice squad after being released from the New York Giants.
If one of these two makes an impressive showing in the preseason, a case could be made in their favor to go forward with four tight ends, but even that could be a long shot scenario. Perhaps Houston will even attempt to move one of them to the practice squad, but the reality is this, the Texans will most likely only keep three of the five tight ends currently on the depth chart.
Fells has had a successful career up to this point. He spent his first three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Since leaving Arizona, he has been a journeyman tight end with stops with the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns.
Adams is entering his fourth year in the league, and as previously mentioned, Adams began his career with the Giants before landing in Houston last year. Adams path through the NFL has been interesting so far to say the least.
When Adams first arrived in New York, he competed at tight end. In his second season with the Giants, they experimented with him at wide receiver. The experiment was very short-lived, however, as Adams was transitioned back into tight end following the season. He caught eight passes for under a 100 yards over the course of that season.
If a fourth tight end is kept in some facet, it will probably be Fells. In five years around the league Fells has shown flashes of production, racking a career total of 86 catches over 830 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Regardless of who gets cut versus who stays on the roster, the position group should be better than it was last year. With Thomas getting more time to develop, and Warring coming in to provide a new tool for quarterback Deshaun Watson, the future looks bright for the group.