With the Houston Texans set to move on from both Keith Mumphery and Max Bullough (READ HERE), the team is losing two players off of their 53-man roster who have been there the past two seasons. That means that the Texans will be adding two new faces to the roster before the conclusion of OTAs and an opportunity now exists for current players on the roster due to the the new vacancies.
With Mumphery no longer in the mix, the door is wide open for plenty of younger players like Wendall Williams, Riley McCarron, Shaquille Hill, Chris Thompson, Justin Hardee and Deante' Gray. The Texans have two options: either continue the youth movement or add another veteran to the group. With DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Jaelen Strong, and Braxton Miller each assured of a roster spot moving forward, a veteran might be the way to go because of all of the youth on the roster. Right now, the best option for the Texans with such a young group could be to search for a veteran presence.
The Texans felt even more comfortable from moving on from Bullough because of the what they are seeing from second year inside linebacker Shakeel Rashad and rookie Dylan Cole over the past six practices during OTAs. Add in another rookie in Avery Williams and the Texans seem to have more athletic and higher upside options than Bullough to take his roster spot. Rashad, Cole, and Williams are much more explosive than the departed Bullough, which is a plus, but the Texans will have to find the better combination of inside linebacker and special teams player to add behind Brian Cushing, Benardrick McKinney, and Zach Cunningham.
Both Bullough and Mumphery would be fighting for roster spots if they did not have these incidents but the Texans will most definitely have some more new faces on the 53-man roster in 2017 due to their departures.
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