Houston Texans Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3 things to watch for

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Who will claim their roster spot for the Houston Texans running backs?

Out of the four running backs on the roster, it will be an interesting battle to see who makes the roster based on their performance on Saturday night. Following the final preseason game against the Buccaneers, the Texans will have to trim their roster to 53 for the regular season.

The question is will the Houston Texans really carry four running backs? It’s not often to see more than 3 here, as that one extra roster spot can be moved around as needed. If the Texans can move the ball against the Buccaneers’ vaunted defensive line, Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelly will have some tough decisions to make on who stays and goes.

Mark Ingram II and Philip Lindsay look like the one-two punch. Followed by Scottie Phillips (who had a great game against the Packers) and Darrius Jackson. Surprisingly David Johnson has seemed to be falling down the depth chart at least as far as reps go. It seems like the one carry against Green Bay really worked against him (he was tackled for a loss on 3rd and 1).

What this position battle looks like it’s coming down to is who can play special teams. the odd men out seem to be David Johnson and Rex Burkhead. This position battle may just be the most intriguing one on the team.