Texans Offensive Players on the Bubble

The Texans are closing into their first cuts of the season and there will be players who will be on the bubble.

It is coming down to that time in the preseason where the first round of cuts are coming on August, 26th, with the final 53 to be decided on August 30th. The Houston Texans, like the other 31 teams in the NFL, are going to have to make some tough decisions to fill their roster.

The Texans are at an advantage this season being the top team on the waiver wire and having the first opportunity to claim players to make their team better. The “bubble” players on the current Texans roster do not only have to deal with competition within the locker room but players being waived from other teams.

We take a look at offensive players that are on the bubble with two preseason games remaining.

Wide Receivers , Travis Labhart and Uzoma Nwachukwu

This is contingent on the team keeping six wide receivers, but both Nwachukwu and Labhart can help out the wide receiver group. Nwachukwu has top end speed to take the top off of a defense but has to show he can catch with better consistency.

As for Labhart, he took full advantage of the absence of Mike Thomas last week where his reps on the field increased against the Atlanta Falcons. All he did was respond with the increased playing time and put his name into the discussion as another option for depth at the slot position.

Offensive Guard , Alex Kupper

Called upon early in camp with Brandon Brooks hurt and Cody White lost for the season, Kupper was given every opportunity to solidify his spot on the team. A rough outing in the first preseason game led the Texans to move Xavier Su’a-Filo to the starting lineup. With Brandon Brooks' return this week to the practice field and add in Ben Jones, Kupper has gone from starter to the fourth best offensive lineman in less than two weeks. He will have to prove that his value on the team is too good to let go and to keep him as a back up interior lineman.

Quarterback , Case Keenum

This will be an ongoing discussion, but Keenum has to worry about Tom Savage slowly getting better with every practice and the waiver wire opening with possible better quarterbacks available. Keenum has yet to take hold of the backup quarterback situation and with a roster where spots are at a premium, keeping three quarterbacks could result in losing another player who could help out elsewhere on the team.

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