Arian Foster and Derrick Ward will be members of Houston’s 53-man roster. Ben Tate is close to a sure thing now that the team has finally gotten to see last year’s second-round pick really run in game action. Steve Slaton is only a couple of years removed from a 1,000-yard season. The team is also high on Chris Ogbonnaya.
Four of those guys could be on the opening day roster.
But to be the third or fourth guy, Tate and Slaton will have to find special-teams roles to stick. Ogbonnaya’s roster candidacy would be keyed on great special-teams ability.
“That could be something that separates them when it’s all said and done,” Gary Kubiak said.”Really you would like every guy other than your starter to contribute on special teams. That’s not always the case. Derrick worked on special teams last year but didn’t do much. But definitely you’d like your three and four to do quite a bit.”
Slaton was the team’s primary kick returner last season. He’s listed as the fourth-stringer at the spot on the team’s most recent unofficial depth chart.
Odds are he’ll need to cover or block, not return, to be a special-teamer going forward.
If the first five running backs on the Texans are healthy, it might be the deepest single position in the division right now.
But I welcome you to propose other candidates below.