Houston Texans have a lot of work to do as they decide who stays and who goes on their 90 man roster.
Kahale Warring & Xavier Crawford placed on IR
Houston Texans rookie draft selections, Kahale Warring and Xavier Crawford miss the cut for the final 53 as they are placed on the injured reserve. Warring and Crawford have missed time in training camp due to injuries and lost out on important reps to get acclimated to the NFL level. Both players are high upside players who could use a redshirt rookie season in the Texans injured reserve to get a better grasp of how the Texans like to do things.
Warring was going to have a hard time getting playing time with the improvement of Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas in their second season in the offense. Having Darren Fells as the prototypical blocking tight end and the veteran will also benefit the younger core. Fells will likely be the third and final tight end in what is one of the deepest and promising positions that the Texans have had in a long time.
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Undrafted rookies make the final roster
Damarea Crockett and Tyron Johnson are two of the players as that are in clear contention to make the Texans final roster. Both signed as undrafted free agents out of the 2019 NFL Draft, they have the opportunity to make the Texans 53 man roster for the start of the season.
Crockett has a viable path to the final 53 with Alfred Blue’s departure in free agency to the Jacksonville Jaguars and waiving D’Onta Foreman after he was unable to overcome the unfortunate Achilles injury he suffered in 2017. Lamar Miller’s devastating knee injury in the preseason against the Dallas Cowboys all but guarantees that the Texans will rely on at least one rookie running back for this season.
Meanwhile, Johnson is a threat to take one of the final spots at wide receiver after an impressive training camp with the Texans. He is competing with Vyncint Smith for what could be the fifth and final spot on the wide receiver depth chart.
Free-agent acquisitions miss the cut
Head coach Bill O’Brien has been overprotective of one of the Houston Texans free agent signings in left tackle Matt Kalil. He missed the last two preseason games the Texans have played and most importantly missed valuable reps with the first team due to injury.
Defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun is another signing in the offseason that has his job on the line after having a subpar training camp and preseason. Boddy-Calhoun is behind Johnathan Joseph, Bradley Roby, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Aaron Colvin, and Johnson Bademosi on the depth chart.
He could make the final roster as a backup safety, but the Texans have other options that have been playing there through the majority of the preseason. Texans will have a lot of tough decisions to make as they make their cut downs to the final roster.