The Houston Hook: Taywan Taylor released; Jaguars one week away

The Houston Hook takes a closer look at the Houston Texans and the rest of the AFC South.

As the 2021 regular season continues to get even closer with the season-opener being one week away, the Houston Texans continue to make roster decisions where they see fit, and this weekend a change was made at wide receiver.

The Texans released wide receiver Taywan Taylor, who played four seasons from 2017-20 with the Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Browns before joining the Texans this offseason. Taylor signed a one-year contract with the Texans on May 20.

Last season Taylor went on the IR while with the Browns in December. Taylor was originally drafted as the 72nd overall pick (third round) by the Titans in 2017. In his four previous seasons in the NFL, Taylor has two touchdowns, along with 53 receptions for 697 yards, so it is a shame things haven’t worked out well for him since being drafted and joining the NFL.

Taylor was placed on the IR by the Texans in late July, and activated from the IR in early August. The release of Taylor also included an injury settlement.

Also on Friday the Houston Texans added wide receiver Jalen Camp and cornerback Antonio Phillips to the practice squad. Camp is a rookie who was drafted in the sixth round by the Jaguars, while Phillips -also a rookie- went undrafted from Ball State.

The Texans will face the Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 13 at noon CT at NRG Stadium, so getting their roster in order is of great importance with every decision the franchise makes.

Houston Texans: What else is going on in the AFC South?

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Jerry Trotta of Horseshoe Heroes brings up a good point in a recent article about the health of quarterback Carson Wentz. In the article he states the Colts and Wentz need to be careful and take their time with his current injury, because they need Wentz on the field all season to be competitive in 2021.

TENNESSEE TITANS: Geoffrey Knox of Titan Sized wrote about how there could be three players on the Titans who could underwhelm in 2021, with one of those players being offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who is coming off a season-ending knee injury suffered last season. That will be interesting to watch in ’21 because Lewan is a big part of not only their offensive line, but their entire offense.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Carlos Sanchez of Black and Teal wrote a 2021 Jaguars preview, and they just happen to be the Week 1 opponent of the Texans. Last season the Texans had only four wins, and two of those wins were against the AFC South rival Jacksonville.

A lot has changed with both teams since the ’20 season as both franchises have had an overhaul with new head coaches and new quarterbacks being hired compared to a year ago.