Houston Texans News: 5 position battles to watch post NFL Draft

Keke Coutee of the Houston Texans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans news this offseason moves forward with some position battles that will take place whenever teams take the field for training camp this summer.

Where does one start when trying to determine what the Houston Texans news will be when the team is all on the field at the same time, and position battles are no doubt going to take place?

There will be spots on the roster that are set in stone like Deshaun Watson as the starting quarterback, David Johnson as the top running back, and the roster spots for players like Laremy Tunsil, Whitney Mercilus, and J.J. Watt are a few other names who sports are basically 99.9-percent safe for the Texans.

On the other hand, there are spots on the Texans roster that will be full of position battles that will be big Texans news. For example, who will be the final couple wide receivers kept by the Texans? How many and which running backs will stay with the team? Plus, for the defense of the Texans, there will be some important decisions made this offseason as well.

Next are five position battles post-NFL Draft that will need to be watched for either players to stay on the roster, or to gain a starting role within the team as the Texans have a few decisions to make, which won’t be an easy task for general manager/head coach Bill O’Brien before the start of the season.

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5. Texans News: Three WRs and two spots remaining

Let’s say the Houston Texans keep six wide receivers, so that means most likely Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, and Will Fuller are all staying on the 53-man roster. That leaves two spots for three players to make the team as the fifth and sixth receivers on the Texans.

The three top players to choose from are Keke Coutee, DeAndre Carter and fifth-round draft pick Isaiah Coulter. Those three will be the ones closely looked at to battle for the final two roster spots.

The saga of Coutee last season was one of confusion as his rookie season of ’18 left some promise for his career in Houston. Fast-forward to the ’19 season, and it was a mystery as to how he dropped so low on the Texans depth chart, rarely seeing the field.

There were games where Coutee was a healthy scratch, and he didn’t see the field near as much as he did his rookie season. As for Carter, the Texans know what they have in him already, and he’s a dependable player who contributes in the return game on special teams.

For Coulter, the rookie fifth-round pick was selected for a reason this past draft, so O’Brien and his coaches are going to give him a look to make the roster as well. Those three will most likely be battling for the final two receiver spots, unless the head coach gets antsy and makes another trade with wide receivers this offseason.