Texans 53 Man Roster, Version 2.0

With the first round of cuts on August 26th, we take a look at the potential 53 man roster for the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans are one game away from making their first cuts of the preseason on August 26th to get the roster down to 75.

The second look of the final 53 here on State of the Texans is predicted.

Offense (25)

Quarterbacks (3)

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, Case Keenun

Case Keenum is still holding strong yet there is time for Tom Savage to catch him. Keeping three quarterbacks is going to cause some issues later in the preseason, requiring cutting some good players at other positions.

Running Back (4)

Arian Foster, Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue, Jay Prosch

The running back position looks set and getting Ronnie Brown the work that he needs during the final two preseason games will give the Texans a running back on speed dial just in case they need to add one during the season.

Tight Ends (3)

Garrett Graham, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin is the one to watch from this group as he continues to struggle with the offense. The Texans will want to use three tight ends in certain situations within games and Griffin needs to catch up soon.

Wide Receivers (6)

Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, DeVier Posey, Mike Thomas, Keshawn Martin, Uzoma Nwachukwu

Total guess work, but it feels like the Texans could be keeping six for the season. Ez Nwachukwu has the speed to take the top off the defense and that is what separates him from other competition for that roster spot.

Offensive Tackle (4)

Duane Brown, Derek Newton, Will Yeatmen, Tyson Clabo

Offensive Guards (4)

Brandon Brooks, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Alex Kupper, Ben Jones

Center (1)

Chris Myers

The offensive line is taking shape and Tyson Clabo has shaken off the rust and appears to be taking his place on this team. He will be the swing tackle behind Derek Newton and an insurance policy at the offensive tackle spot in case of emergency.

Defense (25)

Defensive Line (6)

Jerrell Powe, Louis Nix, J.J. Watt, Jared Crick, Jeoffrey Pagan, Tim Jamison

Ricardo Mathews is the one to watch as he has shown some good looks on defense, being able to play the run and pass efficiently. Tim Jamison and his ability to rush from the interior is an added plus and the reason he gets the nod.

Outside Linebacker (4)

Jadeveon Clowney, Brooks Reed, Whitney Mercilus, Quentin Groves

Quentin Groves, once settled in, has helped the outside linebacker position. He can give a little more at outside linebacker off the edge in his pass rush and provide depth for special teams.

Inside Linebacker (5)

Brian Cushing, Justin Tuggle, Mike Mohamed, Jeff Tarpinian, Akeem Dent

Max Bullough has been putting together a few good plays on film but his speed is limited on the field. Akeem Dent and Bullough will be fighting for a roster spot, but Dent’s value is higher than Bullough’s at the moment despite being sidelined by an ankle injury at the start of training camp.

Cornerback (6)

Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, A.J. Bouye, Brandon Harris, Andre Hal, Elbert Mack

This has been an ongoing discussion, but Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and A.J. Bouye are currently the top three cornerbacks on the roster. Andre Hal has looked solid for a rookie but it could be realistic that the Texans keep a close eye on the waiver wire for players coming available.

Safeties (4)

D.J. Swearinger, Kendrick Lewis, Chris Clemons, Eddie Pleasant

Eddie Pleasant had a strong week of practice against the Falcons and put together a good game on Saturday. He has been playing physical on special teams and appears to be taking to the coaching that has him playing under control much better.

Bubble Players

Travis Labhart, Wide Receiver

Jason Ankrah, Outside Linebacker

Shiloh Keo, Safety

Josh Victorian, Cornerback

Max Bullough, Inside Linebacker

Ricardo Mathews, Defensive Line

Specialty (3)

Jon Weeks (Long Snapper)

Shane Lechler (Punter)

Randy Bullock (Kicker)

Chris Boswell’s struggles against Atlanta has pushed Randy Bullock to the lead of the kicking race.

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