Houston Texans 53 man roster prediction 1.0

HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 30: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at NRG Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 30: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at NRG Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Taking an early stab at the Houston Texans 53 man roster for the upcoming 2019 season.

With Houston Texans training camp just around the corner, here is a quick look of the early favorites to make the 53 man roster for the 2019 season.

Quarterbacks (2)

Deshaun Watson and A.J. McCarron.

Texans could easily carry three quarterbacks into the regular season especially with a versatile player like Joe Webb who is capable of contributing at wide receiver and on the special teams unit. However, there’s a lot of competition across the board in other positions that could use the extra depth or player to develop.

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Running Backs (4)

Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman, Josh Ferguson, and Gregory Howell.

There’s not a lot of surprise with the first three options since head coach Bill O’Brien has been vocal on his interest in Josh Ferguson’s development as a third-down back. Howell made the cut over Taiwan Jones and the undrafted rookies Karan Higdon and Damarea Crockett. Howell offers the Texans running back with a clean sheet of health and capable of contributing on special teams.

Fullback (1)

Cullen Gillaspia

Texans needed a fullback in their offense after waiving Jay Prosch. Gillaspia makes a lot of sense for the Texans as he is a good athlete for the position and also has the versatility O’Brien covets to play on special teams.

Tight Ends (3)

Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins, and Kahale Warring.

There is not a lot of surprises here with the Texans drafting all three players in the last two drafts. Signing a one year deal with the Texans in free agency, Darren Fells is likely the odd man out in a young talented group of tight ends.

Wide Receivers (6)

DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, DeAndre Carter, Vyncint Smith, and Tyron Johnson.

Given the injuries the Texans endured in 2018 at wide receiver, Texans keep their six best options for the 2019 season.

Offensive Lineman (9)

Max Scharping, Tytus Howard, Julien Davenport, Matt Kalil, Senio Kelemete, Zach Fulton, Martinas Rankin, Nick Martin, and Greg Mancz.

Kalil made the cut over his main competitor, Seantrel Henderson. Both players have dealt with injuries since entering the NFL, but Kalil has a better pedigree and more resources allocated for the Texans in 2019.

Defensive Line (6)

J.J. Watt, D.J. Reader, Carlos Watkins, Angelo Blackson, Brandon Dunn, and Joel Heath.

Edge Rushers (4)

Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Brennan Scarlett, and Charles Omenihu.

Texans keep all their edge rushing veterans and incorporate Charles Omenihu into the fold after drafting him in the fifth round from the University of Texas. Omenihu could be in a reserve role after Duke Ejiofor was ruled out for the season with an Achilles injury.

Inside Linebackers (5)

Benardrick McKinney, Zach Cunningham, Dylan Cole, Peter Kalambayi, and Tyrell Adams.

Not a lot of surprise at inside linebacker, Tyrell Adams gets the nod over Drew Lewis and Xavier Woodson-Luster. Adams was on and off the Texans active roster and practice squad in 2018.

Cornerbacks (6)

Johnathan Joseph, Bradley Roby, Lonnie Johnson Jr, Aaron Colvin, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Johnson Bademosi.

Texans opt to stick with experienced versatile veterans like Johnson Bademosi and Briean Boddy-Calhoun over late round draft selections Xavier Crawford and Jermaine Kelly Jr.

Safeties (4)

Tashaun Gipson, Justin Reid, Jahleel Addae, and A.J. Moore.

The depth chart at safety is solidified with the Texans signing Tashaun Gipson and Jahleel Addae to accompany their talented young safety, Justin Reid. A.J. Moore makes the backend of the roster after being a productive player on special teams in his rookie season.

Special Teams (3):

Jon Weeks, Trevor Daniel, and Ka’imi Fairbairn.

Texans keep their core of special teams specialist intact that enjoyed a productive 2018 season.

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Texans roster composition remains fluid as they look at their group of free agents they signed in free agency and after the NFL draft concluded. There will be a lot of unknown players that will have the opportunity to earn one of the coveted 53 roster spots.