Texans preseason finale: Five to watch

Texans preseason finale: Five to watch
August 29, 2013, 8:00 am
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There are just four more quarters of preseason football left. But there’s a lot still to be decided.

The third game is when the starters play the most but the fourth game against the Cowboys on Thursday night will be when the Texans hope to see some young players take roster spots.

“We’re obviously going to play all of our young players in the course of the game,” head coach Gary Kubiak said on Tuesday. “For me to sit here and try to narrow that down, what the big decisions are to make, but I told the guys after practice, there’s usually eight-to-10 guys that make the football team on this game.

“It’s interesting because it’s very close. They go out there and they’re going to get to play a ton of snaps and they’ll separate themselves. They’ll show you. Looking forward to getting them involved. A great environment, very competitive environment on the road and see how they respond. Hopefully, it lets us make some of these final decision we have to make.”

Without further adieu, here are the five Texans to watch against the Cowboys on Thursday night at 7 p.m.:

1. DeVier Posey
No, Posey isn’t fighting for a roster spot. The 2012 third-rounder will be on the Texans’ 53-man roster after final cuts but this game is still important for him. This will be his first game action since tearing his Achilles against the Patriots last January. Posey resumed practice the week before Sunday’s game against the Saints but wasn’t ready to play. Kubiak said Posey will get about 12 snaps. It will be important for him to shake off any rust or nerves he might have.

2. Chris Jones
The sixth-round pick from Bowling Green hasn’t played since Aug. 9 but will play against the Cowboys on Thursday night. Jones strained his calf against the Vikings in the first preseason game and has missed two full games. Jones, even though he’s a draft pick, isn’t a sure-thing to make the 53-man roster. If he plays well against the Cowboys, his odds increase greatly.

3. Trevardo Williams
Williams was a fourth-round pick but fell way behind early. At times during training camp and in the first three preseason games, Williams has looked utterly lost on the field. Undrafted rookie free agents Justin Tuggle and Willie Jefferson have passed Williams, who is in serious danger of not making the team.

4. A.J. Bouye
While some players like Williams have been disappointing, Bouye has been a pleasant surprise. He began to impress during spring practices and it carried over to training camp and the preseason games. He has a very good chance of beating out Roc Carmichael for the final cornerback spot.

5. Case Keenum
This will very likely be the last time you’ll see Keenum play this season. We’ll take a second for the City of Houston to get over that. …

OK. We good? Good. Keenum has played very well this preseason but T.J. Yates has been better. Combine that with Yates’ experience and Keenum doesn’t seem to have a shot at winning the backup job. Kubiak said the competition is still ongoing but it’s hard to believe. Keenum will probably still make the team and be the third-string quarterback.

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