Houston Texans have contingency plan in place at cornerback

Cornell Armstrong, Hourlston Texans (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
Cornell Armstrong, Hourlston Texans (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have rebuilt their depth chart at the cornerback position after entering the season with it being a position of weakness.

The Houston Texans continue their plan in improving their position in the long term by taking flyers on young players that may have gotten off on the wrong foot at the early start of their NFL career. Texans started the season with Johnathan Joseph, Bradley Roby, Keion Crossen, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Aaron Colvin, Xavier Crawford, and Cornell Armstrong in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.

Fast forward to Week 11, Texans dropped Colvin, Crawford, and added Gareon Conley and Vernon Hargreaves to the cornerback depth chart. Conley drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, and Hargreaves selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft have both had uneven starts to their respective NFL careers, but they have the potential that made the Texans create an opportunity for them to be on the active roster.

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Texans traded Seattle Seahawks’ 2020 third-round pick to acquire Conley for two more years if they elect to exercise his fifth-year option in his rookie-scale contract and could follow a similar route if they pick up Hargreaves’ fifth-year option for the 2020 season after they claimed him from waivers.

The cornerback group has gotten younger and more athletic players with the desired upside to receive a new opportunity with their second team in the NFL.

Houston had a lot of questions at the start of the season with Joseph entering his 14th season in the league as one of Texans’ starting cornerbacks.

At 35 years of age, Joseph is eight years older than the next most experienced cornerback on the roster in Roby.

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Conley and Hargreaves are not guaranteed to be the long term answer at cornerback for the Texans, but they will have the chance to earn playing time with Houston needing to improve their talent at that position beyond this season.