Owner’s Meeting in Full Swing
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith has been in Phoenix, Arizona, since last Tuesday and, as part of the NFL Competition Committee, has been going over new rule proposals for the 2017 season. Other members of the competition committee include Denver general manager John Elway and Dallas owner Stephen Jones.
The three parties potentially involved in the Tony Romo trade/free agent discussions have been together for nearly a week. There have been no talks for Romo and both the Broncos and Texas appear to be stedfast in not dealing a pick for the veteran quarterback. Elway even came out and mentioned that there have been zero discusisons about Romo and the Texans remain in the shadows of this off-season. It is worth noting that Jerry Jones would be the ultimate decision maker for the Cowboys in the matter and he has not been present up to this point.
The Cowboys are going to release Romo at some option this off-season and most still think that the owner’s meeting is the end game for both parties. The Texans will check on Romo if/when he is release but are still not willing to move assets to the Cowboys.
At the time being, the Texans are not interested in Jay Cutler, but that is subject to change depending how the Romo situation plays out. The Texans know they have to find the best combination for the quarterback group and it appears there will be at least two favorable options, including Tom Savage and a young option from the draft.
Anthony Weaver Attended Michigan’s Pro Day
The Texans have been quiet this off-season and have not had any of their decision makers or coaches front and center at the collegiate pro-days. That changed this past week when defensive line coach Anthony Weaver attended Michigan’s pro-day.
With Weaver in attendance, there is a decent idea of at whom he could have been looking given the position group he coaches. Defensive linemen Ryan Glasgow, Matt Godin, and Chris Wormley were the headliners from the trench group. All three defensive lineman have been seen multiple times by the Texans this off-season - Godin and Glasgow were watched by the team at the East West Shrine Game and then at the Senior Bowl, team personnel met with Wormley and Glasgow. The Texans even had an informal meeting with Wormley at the NFL Combine, so there have been plenty of eyes on the group to this point.
Those three are names to continue monitoring this off-season, especially Wormley, with whom the Texans have met numerous times.
Wormley was a three-year letterman who appeared in 50 games for the Wolverines, making 29 starts. He was Michigan’s top defensive lineman the past two seasons, receiving the Richard Katcher Award, given to the team’s top defensive lineman annually. Starting all 12 games in 2016, Wormley had 36 total tackles with 5.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. In his career, 31.5 stops of Wormley's stops went for a loss while he totaled 119 tackles and 17.5 sacks.
Local Workouts Being Set up for April 8th
The NFL allows teams to conduct local workouts, which do not count against their 30 pre-draft visits, prior to the NFL draft. There have been a few local names attached to the Texans workout and they are players directly in the area.
The Texans have local workouts set up with Texas Southern wide receiver Derek Griffin, Lamar’s @Kade Harrington, and Virginia’s Kelvin Rainey.
The local pro-day is on April 8th.
Rainey attended Stratford High School and spent three seasons with the Cavaliers. Appearing in 43 games in four seasons, Rainey had 158 total tackles with 7 tackles for loss and 5 pass deflections.
Harrington hails from Kingwood and was the Southland Conference’s 2015 Player of the Year, rushing for 2,092 yards with 21 touchdowns. Having his 2016 season cut short because of torn ligaments in his left foot, Harrington put himself back on the map with a strong pro-day, where he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash, benched 22 times, and had a 35-inch vertical.
Griffin (Rosenberg Terry) was a two-sport start at TSU, playing both basketball and football. In 2015 with the Tigers, Griffin had 36 receptions for 709 yards and 11 touchdowns, making him a Black College Football Hall of Fame Player of the Year watch list candidate. Two games into the season, he was dismissed from the team for violation of team rules, ending his 2016 season two games into the year.
*Note the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson first reported Harrington and Rainey were invited to the Texans local pro-day.
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