Catching up with departed ’12 Texans

Catching up with departed ’12 Texans
October 26, 2013, 12:15 pm
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It’s a little slow in the land of the Texans this week. The team is 2-5 and on their bye week.

The 2013 Texans have been a disappointment so far, but how have the players that they let go been playing? Here’s a look at the 2012 Texans who are no longer in Houston.

With other teams

Connor Barwin (Eagles)
Barwin signed a six-year, $36 million deal to join the Eagles in the offseason. The Texans weren't going to match that. Barwin, having played the 3-4 in Houston, fit right into the Eagles' new 3-4 defense. Barwin has 23 tackles and three sacks

Donnie Jones (Eagles)
Jones has averaged 45.5 yards per punt, good for 15th in the league. He's pinned 13 punts inside the 20.

James Casey (Eagles)
Casey is getting paid to not play a lot of football. He has just 21 offensive snaps in his five games this season. He's buried on the depth chart behind Brent Celek and Zach Ertz. Casey is the emergency quarterback in Philly, though, so there's that.

Roc Carmichael (Eagles)
The Eagles signed Carmichael off the Texans’ practice squad earlier this season. He’s still on the active roster.

Glover Quin (Lions)
Instead of re-signing Quin, the Texans elected to bring in free agent Ed Reed. It appears they might have had the better player last year. Quin has two interceptions, five passes defended and a fumble recovery for the 4-3 Lions.

Justin Forsett (Jaguars)
Forsett, who saw some action because of injuries with the Texans last season, is the backup running back with the Jaguars. He's behind Maurice Jones-Drew. Forsett has six carries for 31 yards.

Alan Ball (Jaguars)
Ball, who dealt with a foot injury in 2012 and played an extremely limited role with the Texans, is a starter for the Jaguars at cornerback.

Quintin Demps (Chiefs)
After three seasons with the Texans, Demps reunited with Andy Reid in Kansas City. Demps has played some safety but has also returned kicks. He has nine returns for an average of 33.2 yards per return.

Out of football
The following players are free agents.

Shaun Cody
Cody is a 30-year-old nose tackle who has had back trouble. Not a big market for that. He had a nice career, but it’s likely over.

Barrett Ruud
Ruud came to the Texans late last season but his starting days in the NFL were clearly over. If a team called the 30-year-old, he might play again, but a team hasn’t called yet.

Bradie James
James was actually pretty solid for the Texans last year. At least he was relatively healthy, which should have counted for something considering how injury-prone the linebackers have been. He’s 32.

Antoine Caldwell
Caldwell spent about a month with the Bills in August but was released before the season.

Mister Alexander
Alexander spent June 6 through July 26 with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL but was released and is a free agent.

Stanford Routt
Routt joined the Texans in December last season and never played a role. He most recently had a workout with the Bengals but the former second-rounder remains unsigned.

Shayne Graham
Graham spent some time with the Browns in the preseason and about a week with the Steelers in September.

Tyler Clutts
Clutts lost his job to Greg Jones in Houston. When he was waived, the Dolphins picked him up. The Dolphins cut him in early October.

Jesse Nading
Nading spent five seasons with the Texans. He doesn’t have a job in the NFL right now.

Injured Reserve
The following guys were on the IR in 2012.

Rashad Butler
Butler is a backup offensive lineman with the Browns.

Keyaron Fox
Fox is out of football.

Ra'Shon Harris
Harris was with the Texans this summer but was injured. They released him in June.

David Hunter
The Texans placed Hunter on IR before the season but cut him and reached an injury settlement.

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