Which players will join the 2020 Houston Texans practice squad?
The first official 53-man roster of the Houston Texans doesn’t have much mystery to it because we all know mainstays on the roster like Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and many others are going to be a big part of the success for the Texans in 2020.
There are others on the roster who will also be important pieces of the Houston Texans puzzle in their journey to defend the AFC South crown for a third straight season. All of that said there are still players that will be needed to join the Houston Texans on the practice squad, who more than likely will be playing at some point in the 2020 regular season due to possible injuries that could and will most likely happen.
Remember there has been no preseason scrimmages between different teams during practices, and there were no preseason games either, so there is a lot of mystery ahead for the Houston Texans franchise. Also remember the 2020 regular season begins this upcoming Thursday, Sept. 10 when the Texans travel to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the very first game of the NFL regular season.
As for those practice squad players, the Texans have made some of their decisions and below they are listed.
Houston Texans practice squad signings (per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle)
1. Cordel Iwuagwu (Guard) — He’ll provide some quality depth for the practice squad of the Texans, and who knows how things will turn out for him as the season progresses.
2. Scottie Phillips (Running Back) — The addition of Phillips here on the practice squad is great for the Texans. He has some untapped potential that if the Texans can find will be very useful in 2020 at some point.
3. Johnathan Owens (Safety) — The Texans can never have too much depth on their practice squad when it comes to the secondary.
4. Auzoyah Alufohai (Defensive Line) — He played for West Georgia in college, totaling 17 solo tackles and two sacks in his final season.
5. Anthony Chesley (Cornerback) —In his final season at Coastal Carolina in 2018 Anthony Chesley totaled 22 solo tackles, and three passes defensed. He has yet to play in a regular season game in the NFL.
6. Chad Hansen (Wide Receiver) — Hansen has some playing time in the NFL with 15 games, (including one start) with the New York Jets in 2017. Hansen has nine career receptions for 94 yards.
7. Greg Mancz (Center) — This was a smart move for the Texans because Mancz at one time was projected to make the 53-man roster, so his experience will be invaluable for the practice squad and the Texans in 2020.
8. C.J. Prosise (Running Back) — Here is another great addition for running back for the Texans. He’s played games the past four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and adding a former third round pick isn’t such a bad thing either.
9. Elijah Nkansah (Offensive Tackle) — Played one career game with the Seattle Seahawks in 2018. It is good to see the Texans making sure they have enough offensive line depth in their system.
10. Nathan Hall (Linebacker) — Here is a former Big Ten player from Northwestern, and in 2018 during his final collegiate season he collected 32 solo tackles in nine games played. For his career in four seasons Hall totaled 151 solo tackles, five sacks and 31 tackles for loss.
11. Davin Bellamy (Linebacker) — He has been with the Texans before on the practice squad. Not an exciting addition, but another smart decision because he knows what the Texans want to do on defense.
12. Steven Mitchell Jr. (Wide Receiver) — Playing for the Houston Texans in four career regular season games from 2018-19, Mitchell was targeted six times in 2019 with two receptions for 37 yards. Also a team can never have too many players playing wide receiver either.
13. Jerald Hawkins (Offensive Tackle) — The Texans are making sure they have more than enough depth on the offensive line. He’s battled injuries in the past but has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in past seasons.
14. Tyler Simmons (Wide Receiver) — Is a former University of Georgia wide receiver and has yet to play in an NFL game. It will be interesting to see how he’ll work on the practice squad to start the season.
Keep an eye on this page for players that will be added and not added to the Houston Texans practice squad, as they are also an important part of the franchise having success this season.