Texans’ 53-man roster projection 2.0

Texans’ 53-man roster projection 2.0
August 18, 2014, 10:45 am
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The Texans are halfway through the preseason so here’s another shot at their 53-man roster. We’ll have another one, the final projection, the day after the final preseason game. The last one came out before training camp.

Like I said the last time, it’s hard to figure out how Bill O’Brien will create his 53-man because we haven’t seen him do it before.

“We’ll keep the right 53 for the Houston Texans,” O’Brien said before the team broke in the spring. Thanks, Bill.

Here we go:

QB (3): Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Tom Savage

No changes here. These three should be the quarterbacks. Keenum and Savage have shown enough improvement to stay on the roster and not need to shop elsewhere for a quarterback. They are still battling to be the backup but Keenum remains a little ahead, according to O’Brien.

RB (3): Arian Foster, Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes

Foster is a lock. The new addition here is Grimes, who started training camp on the Non-football Injury list but has been very good since returning. Andre Brown was on the last projection but he didn’t even make it through camp. There’s an outside chance the team elects to keep Ronnie Brown if they feel Grimes or Blue aren’t good enough in pass protection but I think they’ll show they can be adequate there.  

FB (1): Jay Prosch

No changes even with a monster club on his hand. Prosch is on the team and will make an impact.  

WR (5): Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, DeVier Posey, Keshawn Martin, Mike Thomas

Alan Bonner’s year is already over, so he’s on the IR and off from the last version of the roster projection. The rest of these guys are darn-near locks, including Martin. They could take six too if they want to keep EZ Nwachukwu.

TE (3): Garrett Graham, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin

I really think the Texans are keeping three tight ends. And these are the three. Fiedorowicz is already well ahead of Griffin and he’s coming for Graham.

OL (10): Duane Brown, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Chris Myers, Brandon Brooks, Will Yeatman, Derek Newton, Ben Jones, Alex Kupper, Tyson Clabo, Player X

Since the last roster projection, Brennan Williams was cut and Cody White was lost for the season, so we’ve made a couple changes. Tyson Clabo and Alex Kupper, welcome to the group. Brandon Brooks still hasn’t played this preseason, so he stays on the list for now; but that could change. Yeatman is still out with a concussion so if he doesn’t get back soon, he’ll lose his spot. Also a really good chance there’s a player who isn’t on the roster who will make the team. That's Player X. They’ll keep an eye on the waiver wire. This is the most fluid position group on the roster.

P (1): Shane Lechler

K (1): Randy Bullock

LS (1): Jon Weeks

These three should be back for 2014. Bullock beats out Chris Boswell for the kicker job.

DL (7): J.J. Watt, Jared Crick, Louis Nix III, Ricardo Mathews, Tim Jamison, Jerrell Powe, Jeoffrey Pagan

There’s one more defensive lineman on this roster than last because it’s the strength of the defense. (And we couldn’t pick between Mathews and Jamison.) Nix hasn’t played yet but he’s a third-round pick so unless they feel the need to stash him, he’s on the team.

OLB (4): Jadeveon Clowney, Brooks Reed, Whitney Mercilus, Jason Ankrah

Ricky Sapp was on the last projection but he’s been cut after getting injured. Jason Ankrah makes the list. Ankrah has had a shot since joining the team as an undrafted guy from Nebraska. This is light on outside linebackers but Tuggle can play here if necessary. If they want another one, Quentin Groves would be it.

ILB (5): Brian Cushing, Jeff Tarpinian, Mike Mohamed, Justin Tuggle, Max Bullough

Keeping five inside linebackers might not make a lot of sense but if I’m the Texans I think about using Tuggle some outside too. He hasn’t done it in camp, which is a little surprising. It would be hard to cut any of these guys but they might need to do it. Akeem Dent doesn’t make my team.

CBs (5): Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Brandon Harris, Andre Hal, A.J. Bouye

Leaving off Elbert Mack is tough. He’s a solid special teams player and has some experience but Hal’s progress makes him more expendable. As much as many fans want Harris gone, I think he stays. And Bouye will play a lot this season.

S (4): D.J. Swearinger, Chris Clemons, Kendrick Lewis, Shiloh Keo

This won’t be popular but I’m keeping Keo over Eddie Pleasant. Keo has missed some time so this could change if he doesn’t get back on the field but he didn’t have a bad first preseason game and is a very good special teams player. Seventh-round pick Lonnie Ballentine hasn’t been on the field for most of training camp. They’ll probably stash him on IR.

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