Our final prediction for the Houston Texans final roster heading into week one of the 2014 season.
The biggest omission of the group is Case Keenum and this is for the right reasons. Keenum has practice squad eligibility so the Texans can keep him on the team and add depth in other positions. Keenum has a chance to be picked up and passed through waivers but his only value for the team is that he knows the system. Keeping Keenum is for emergency purposes only, especially when it is well known he is not the future of the franchise.
Running Backs (4)
This group is rounding out better than expected. Grimes and Blue can prided enough to give Foster a break in key spots of games. Prosch is throwback and having him as the fullback will only give the offense more ways to attack defenses.
Tight Ends (3)
The Texans are set up very well at this position and the recent play of Ryan Griffin will give the Texans confidence with one of their best position groups.
Wide Receivers (6)
Mike Thomas is the one to watch and with his recent absence he was used very sparingly in the game against the Denver Broncos. Despite some rave reviews coming out of training camp, he has done very little during the preseason schedule to think he is a lock in the starting lineup.
Offensive Linemen (9)
This group was a question mark when training camp started but now it has gotten healthy and back on track. They will have an offensive line that could be the strength of the team and it starts with the leadership of Duane Brown and Chris Myers.
Defensive Linemen (7)
Do not overlook this group and how vital it is to the success of the defense. Seven seems like a high number for the position group but that allows the flexibility for the Texans to play to the offenses differently week to week.
Outside Linebacker (4)
The outside linebackers have gotten better with the addition of Jadeveon Clowney but the depth behind him is a big question mark, especially in the pass rush department. If Mercilus and Groves can provide some quality in that department, it will improve the outlook for the season.
Inside Linebacker (5)
A group built on hard-nosed football, Mike Mohamed has made the most movement for the position group and looks to be a starter week one next to Brian Cushing. Tuggle and Tarpinian helps out the special team units in a big way.
The emergence of A.J. Bouye is key for the success of the group. Harris will be the emergency filler at any of the positions when needed, but it will be Bouye’s show on gamedays. It will be important for Bouye to get the bulk of the snaps which could possibly mean a future starter in the making.
Shiloh Keo is the better option at safety than Eddie Pleasant and adds value to special teams. The top three safeties are a good combination for the dime defense they want to run.
Practice Squad Possibilities
Case Keenum, QB
Travis Labhart, WR
Matt Feiler, OT
Marcus Williams, CB
Julius Warmsley, DT
Lacoaltan Bester, WR
Jason Ankrah, OLB
Anthony Denham, TE
Eddie Pleasant, S
Alex Kupper, OG
The main thing with this group is that the majority of them can be plugged into the 53 man roster as fillers, most importantly is Case Keenum being on the practice squad. He can be called up at any time in case of an injury. The only issue is that the Texans will have to go week to week wondering if a team could claim Keenum for their 53 man roster.
The Texans should be actively looking for depth at the offensive guard, outside linebacker, cornerback and safety. The Texans need to stay active looking to improve their quarterback situation, however they might need too.
The Texans have until Saturday August 30th (5 p.m. central) to set their roster and to start signing their practice squad on August 31st (11 a.m. central)