An extend cut of Houston Texans OTAs digging deeper into the Texans roster.
Braxton Miller is going to need polishing as a receiver but he showed his athletic ability against the veterans of the defense. Miller has such good lateral movement that he can get in and out of breaks and it really shows when he has to get across the field in routes. There is still a steep learning curve ahead for Miller heading to the season.
Reshard Cliett is coming back from an ACL injury from training camp last season and he is still trying to get his feet back under him. There is reason to feel he is trying to gain confidence in his knee again and most importantly get through an ACL injury that usually takes two years to completely to come back from. If anything, Cliett showed that he is still working to get over a knee injury that ended his season prematurely last season.
Wendall Williams has made some significant strides as a wide receiver and it is showing on the field. He is getting the feel for the NFL atmosphere but when he can get some space to work, defenders have issues corralling him in coverage and most importantly trying to run him down. Williams has caught the ball much better than he did during rookie mini-camp and he will have a chance at this rate to make some noise when decisions have to made when the roster is discussed by the coaches.
Cecil Shorts III continues to looks more and more conformable with his role in the offense and it shows with him in the slot. He is working well with Osweiler and getting some quality work in together and it is shows with solid plays against the defense. They have a good feel for each other in terms of routes and where to be when the football arrives.
One player not to forget in the tight end conversation is Anthony Denham, who is entering his third season with the Texans. Denham runs like a wide receiver and still is catching the football with ease. It will be between him and Stephen Anderson for the final tight end spot and it will be up to Denham to make a significant jump to take the roster spot. Denham has plus size and is running well within the offense. Add in the fact he showed that not many linebackers or safeties can handle him when he gets to his spot on the field. Denham will have to stay healthy but his talent level is not the issue.
Benardrick McKinney showed a new part to his game and that was his range as a linebacker and he showed much better coverage that last season. He showed he has a better feel for coverage and gaining depth in his drops to locate receivers.
Devon Still looks in top shape compared to past seasons in Cincinnati and that was one of the knocks on him. He has changed his body composition in less than a year and it is good look for his new team.
Josh Lenz is working well after spending majority of the season on the Texans practice squad last season. A technician in routes, Lenz worked defensive backs with his error free work. Add in some high level catches, Lenz has a tough a tough task to win a spot on the receiver depth chart. At the moment this is about putting good film out there not only for the Texans but other teams.
Keith Mumphery is going to have to kick it into gear and right now he is clearly the 5th or 6th best receiver in the group. Consistency is the key for Humphrey and he has not shown that early in OTAs for the Texans. It is becoming hot and cold performance when he steps on the field and that is not a good start heading into year two.
Hard hat and lunch pail player Jonathan Grimes is looking like he will once again be in the discussion with the running backs depth chart is being set. He is not flashy but being consistent is one of the best things he does on the field. That alone will be significant when it comes to decisions on the roster down the road. Grimes continues to fine tune his craft and he does everything solid, run, catch, pass block and play special teams.
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