Houston Texans trim down roster by releasing Johnny Dwight
The Houston Texans are going into Saturday’s game against the Cowboys with one less person on the roster, as they’ve released Johnny Dwight.
The Houston Texans are getting their roster trimmed down to the final 53, as they are approaching the deadline, as they’ve released defensive end Johnny Dwight. The defensive end went undrafted out of Alabama this past season.
Dwight was facing an uphill battle from the start as the Texans have significant depth on the defensive line, and he wasn’t able to play against the Detroit Lions in the second preseason game due to injury. Dwight was listed at 6-3 and measured in at 295 pounds while running a 5.22 time in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day at Alabama this offseason.
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Dwight didn’t start at Alabama, as they are always loaded especially up front, including Outland Trophy Award winner and unanimous All-American standout Quinnen Williams.
Williams would later continue the trend of Crimson Tide defensive players going in the first round. Dwight also sat behind Isaiah Buggs, who led the Crimson Tide with sacks in 2018 with 9.5.
Dwight signed with Alabama coming out of Wilcox County High School in Georgia. and was part of Nick Saban’s 2014 recruiting class.
The fact that Dwight was able to stay at Alabama for all four years in addition to being a legitimate contributor for two seasons obviously shows he’s got significant ability.
It’s not to say he’s not talented just because he didn’t make the Texans roster, but the Texans’ deepest area on the depth chart is their defensive line, as they’ve obviously got starters J.J. Watt, D.J. Reader, and Angelo Blackson. Houston also has reserves Joel Heath, Carlos Watkins, and incoming rookie Charles Omenihu who was also named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the year in 2018, who the Texans drafted in the fifth round.
Even as good as Omenihu was in college, the reality is he will also likely be buried on the depth chart this season, because again the Texans defensive line is just that good.
The fact that Dwight was injured probably was the ultimate deciding factor in his release. Hopefully he’s able to stay healthy and catch on somewhere else on another NFL roster.