Texans Defensive 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 the 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 defensive players that are on the bubble with two preseason games remaining.

Secondary: Safeties Shiloh Keo and Eddie Pleasant, Cornerback Josh Victorian

The Secondary depth is a concern and the Texans have a choice to make regarding Shiloh Keo and Eddie Pleasant. Both are considered box safeties, but Pleasant has had more work with Keo out nursing an injury. Pleasant has played very physical over the last week and looks like he has taken over the fourth safety position.

Josh Victorian has been solid on special teams but his cornerback play has been shaky. With Andre Hal and Elbert Mack in front of him, Victorian will have to compete with the waiver wire to stay on this team. He has to prove that he can play the cornerback position with awareness and consistency to make this team.

Linebackers: Inside Linebackers Max Bullough and Akeem Dent, Outside Linebacker Jason Ankrah,

The fifth linebacker position in the middle looks like a head to head competition between rookie Max Bullough and veteran Akeem Dent. An ankle injury slowed Dent in training camp and he did not touch the field until the Falcons came to town. Dent now has to play catch up and show he can be a contributor at inside linebacker and special teams. Bullough is a developmental player but his lack of sideline to sideline speed is concerning. Still room to grow as an inside linebacker, trying to get Bullough to the practice squad could be a tough task.

As for Jason Ankrah, he has been getting enough work on the field in games and practice to show what he has. He has been a decent edge setter but has not taken the step as a pass rusher. He has the size that is needed to be successful at outside linebacker, but he is in direct competition with Quentin Groves for one of the spots on the roster. Ankrah has work to do and the decision about him should come on the final cut down day.

Defensive Line: Ricardo Mathews

Ricardo Mathews has put together a strong camp and preseason games and showed his ability to rush and play the run. Mathews is not against other players in his defensive line group but rather against the numbers games within the roster. Mathews has been a solid addition in free agency but there are other decisions that will impact if Mathews is here or not when week one arrives.

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