Texans vs Packers: 3 Players to watch in preseason opener

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The Houston Texans added to their roster and have some veterans battling for roster spots as the preseason opener will be held on Thursday night in Green Bay.

There won’t be much action from the Houston Texans top players on Thursday night; in fact most likely if the stars like quarterback Deshaun Watson are on the field it will be for a series and that is it. That is fine, and the way it should be, because the preseason opener is a time to watch the players who are fighting for one of the 53 roster spots available to the Texans this upcoming season.

There are position battles going on everywhere for the Texans, including the offensive line, tight end, running back and even for the top backup quarterback spot, even with A.J. McCarron out for probably entire the preseason with a thumb injury.

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The preseason position battles — not just on offense, but also on defense — allows the Texans to get more looks at the players who they are interested in seeing more from. Some of those players need all the reps and playing time they can get in the preseason, and in training camp, to prove they belong on the regular season roster.

There are rookies like Max Scharping and Tytus Howard on the offensive line who could make a case for not just being on the roster, but having substantial playing time this season. Also, there are all of the tight ends on the roster as there is no clear-cut starter, and at running back who is going to take over the top backup duties?

Even though this game doesn’t count in the official standings, and some of the names aren’t household quite yet, the game between the Texans at the Packers should provide plenty of excitement, intrigue. This is a great way for fans of the Texans to finally see the rookies in uniform, and in a game day type of situation.

The preseason game begins at 7 p.m. CT on ABC 13 (locally) and NFL Game Pass (nationally). Listed next are three players to watch in the preseason opener being played at Lambeau Field.