An early look after the first preseason game on how the 53-man roster is shaping up. Here was out early bird version on the 53-man roster prior to the start of training camp (HERE) and there has been some movement.
Take a look.
- Brandon Weeden is an interesting scenario to watch moving forward. Tom Savage appears to be solidifying his spot as the team's primary backup and with such a needy league looking for quarterbacks there is some value in keeping him around to possibly get something in return. Right now he is not on the 53-man roster due to needs at other positions.
- If Duane Brown and J.J. Watt are not ready for week one, they could possibly be on the in season PUP list which means the Texans would have to find two players for their roster spots until they return. That will give the Texans an extra 21 days until they decide on the moves they need to make.
- Kenny Hilliard's strong showing in the preseason opener should not be overlooked. He could move up a step to push for a roster spot if he can continue to put together some more solid work.
- Josh Lenz belongs in the NFL and seeing if he can continue to make plays will be something to watch. He too could take a step up with more solid play.
- Corey Moore could climb after being one of the few players to actually tackle from the safety position in the preseason opener. Add in some nice coverage, it was a good start.
- The 5th wide receiver spot is open for business, with Cecil Shorts III and Keith Mumphery fighting for that spot there could be room for another wide receiver to come in and sneak the roster spot.
- The defensive line has some red flags in it, Devon Still and Brandon Dunn are going to have to win their spots out-right to stay on this team. Their start to the preseason left something to be desired but Dunn did have a better showing than Still.
- Also, Ka'imi Fairbairn gets the nod as the Texans opening day kicker.