Solid Picks for Practice Squad

Although some of the Texans final cuts were a bit surprising, the team filled out their practice squad flawlessly.

The eight players the Houston Texans signed to their practice squad include LB Buster Davis, RB Arian Foster, C Brett Helms, DE Tim Jamison, WR Darnell Jenkins, DE Jesse Nading, CB Mark Parson, and OT Adam Stenavich.

Buster Davis had a fairly productive preseason, but he was simply a victim of numbers in a loaded linebacking corps for the Texans. The Florida State product recorded 13 tackles and one pass defensed in four games in this preseason.

Here's what writer Brad Keller had to say about Davis--

Given that the Texans signed both June and Buster Davis, a switch to a Cover 2 might be their intent. Davis is an undersized guy (5'9", possibly bigger than 239 pounds, though) that has defied the odds everywhere he's been. In high school he wasn't supposed to succeed, but did, at Florida State, surrounded by a glut of NFL-ready talent, he became the bell cow of the defense. Arizona drafted him in the third round and quickly dismissed him, but he has the intensity, determination, and nose for the football to excel at the NFL level. Davis actually isn't the best fit for a Cover 2 team, but quickly learned the defense and stepped in. He continues to persevere in spite of his measurables and will be a valuable addition to the Texans, even if he only serves to push the other players on the roster to be their best.

Arian Foster ran for some tough yards in preseason, but he must run with a much lower pad level if he wants to take the next step toward an NFL career. Foster had 23 carries and gained 66 yards this preseason (2.9 ypc), and caught three passes for 19 yards. With a wide open running back position behind Steve Slaton, it is possible that Foster could get a call-up if there's an injury.

Brett Helms showed some solid strength this preseason, and he could be a nice project type of player for the Texans in the future. If there is an injury this season, it wouldn't be all that likely that he'd get the call-up, as the team would likely opt for a veteran.

Tim Jamison is prototypical defensive end size, at 6'3", 270 lbs., but didn't flash nearly enough in his first preseason. The rookie from Michigan should learn a lot as he watches Mario Williams and Antonio Smith work in practice, and he could be a contributor next season.

Darnell Jenkins did a nice job at wide receiver, but wasn't quite good enough on special teams to earn himself a roster spot. Since the Texans kept six receivers, Jenkins was likely going to be on the outs anyway, but he surprised some with his good speed and the rookie from "the U" caught two balls for 28 yards this preseason.

Jesse Nading appeared to be another victim of numbers on a somewhat loaded defensive line. The second-year player from Colorado State was solid against the run, and tallied three tackles in limited play in four games this preseason.

Mark Parson seemed to regress a bit as the preseason went on, but the Texans found him athletic enough to join the practice squad. The 5'10", 192 lb. rookie from Ohio University tallied three tackles in the preseason, all coming in the preseason opener against Kansas City.

Adam Stenavich is spending his second season on the Texans practice squad, and the team obviously feels like he can be a productive prospect. Stenavich stands 6'4", 305 lbs., and had a solid final preseason contest against Tampa Bay.

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