3. Jordan Akins, Tight End
Again, the tight end position of the Houston Texans is going to see a player who can be productive on an NFL roster being asked to leave — barring injury, of course — because it would be very tough to see the team keep four tight ends on the roster.
Akins is a little older when it comes to being a second-year player in the NFL, being that he’s 27, but he didn’t show a lot his rookie season in limited time on the field as he shared time with now-former Texan (and current Buffalo Bills) tight end Ryan Griffith and also Jordan Thomas. Thomas led the Texans unit with four touchdown receptions.
In his rookie season of 2018, Akins had 17 receptions for 225 yards, averaging 13.2 yards per reception with no touchdown receptions.
Pro Football Focus gave Akins a grade of 61.6 with a absolutely poor grade of pass blocking at 33.7, but a run blocking grade of 68.0. There was also a receiving grade of 60.5 as Akins played 409 total snaps, broken down to 220 pass snaps and 173 run block snaps.
That said, the final tight end spot could come down between Akins and the aforementioned Darren Fells, which would be an interesting and strong battle to stay on the roster. It is tough to see the Texans cutting either Thomas or rookie Kahale Warring, so that leaves Akins as a player on the roster bubble.
For more grades, advanced statistics and more at Pro Football Focus, subscribe
to PFF’s EDGE or ELITE subscriptions at ProFootballFocus.com.