Released by the New York Giants, the Texans signed Charles James in 2014 for the practice squad late in the year. James fought for a spot during the 2015 season but came up short, being one of the final cuts from the 53-man roster. James signed with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad after being cut by the Texans. However, after the team suffered some injuries at the cornerback position, the Texans claimed James off of waivers from the Ravens. He came in and made a difference for the team, helping to right the ship on the direction to the playoffs.
The Texans learned last season not to judge a book by its cover with James and, when he was brought back after being cut in training camp, he made a difference on the field and locker room. James spot-started for the defense and had his biggest game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, proving to be a difference maker as a gunner on special teams. James is coming back from a foot injury this off season but he will be a full go when training camp arrives.
Roster Situation: James has his place on the 53-man roster. A solid camp and good health will solidify him for week one.
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