Texans: Max Scharping claimed by Bengals

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A former Houston Texans offensive lineman is now with the Cincinnati Bengals

One day after the Houston Texans waived offensive lineman Max Scharping, he has been claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday. For Cincinnati, with all of the issues they’ve had with offensive linemen, it is a good move by the reigning AFC champions.

Scharping wasn’t able to play his way onto a roster spot with the Texans, and the former second round pick (55th overall in 2019) now leaves a four-win team from 2021 to the franchise that nearly won the Super Bowl last season.

Houston hasn’t had the best of luck with second round picks as of late, and again, this is another player from the era of Bill O’Brien in which the new front office and coaching staff has asked to leave the franchise.

Scharping allowed two sacks in ’21, and he also committed three penalties, all while playing 689 snaps. In ’20 he played in 454 snaps allowing one sack and committed two penalties. As a rookie Scharping played 938 snaps, allowing three sacks and he had six penalties. Scharping also played tackle at times while in Houston, but his career never went as far as his projection when he was selected in the second round.

Who beat Max Scharping for the Texans roster spot?

Houston’s guard position sees AJ Cann at right guard, and at left guard that seems to be the home for rookie Kenyon Green and Justin McCray.

Though it isn’t good to see a team have to release a second round pick from a few seasons ago, the future for Houston at the position is exciting. Cann is a solid player, and the potential is off the charts with Green as he was a first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the 15th overall selection.

Scharping’s future with the Bengals is going to be interesting to keep note of because he does have talent to play in the NFL. With all that happened in his time while in Houston with multiple coaching changes, QB controversies, and not having the best offensive coordinator last season, a fresh start will be good for the ’19 second round pick.

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