Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Tania Ganguli
Eleven undrafted rookies remain with the Houston Texans after their first set of cuts, and it's a group that coach Gary Kubiak loves.
"Boy, if you look at our [college] free-agent class, this might be about as good as we’ve had as far as the numbers that could possibly be on this football team come final roster cuts next week," he said. "I've been very pleased with some of the free-agent acquisitions we've had coming out of college, that they have a chance to make us better."
I've already taken a look at five players who could be impacted by tonight's game against Dallas. In this edition of W2W4, we'll look at three undrafted rookies:
1. CB A.J. Bouye: Last season the Texans realized just how important defensive-back depth is when they had a rash of injuries at the position late in the season. Bouye, undrafted out of the University of Central Florida, has a real chance to make the roster and contribute to that depth. He has five tackles during the preseason. In college, he had six interceptions, including three his senior season.
2. OLB Willie Jefferson: Jefferson has played defense for only two full football seasons after starting his college career as a wide receiver. He's taken to it really well. Given how little time he's spent learning his new position, he has a lot of room to grow. In the preseason, he's had three quarterback hits, including one sack. He also has one batted pass. Jefferson is developing a keen sense of timing that helps his pass-rush ability. His run-stopping skills need a bit more work.
3. RB Cierre Wood: Wood left Notre Dame early, driven to find a role on an NFL team. Though it seems young veteran Deji Karim is in the lead to be the Texans' third running back, Wood could fight his way onto the roster, or at least the practice squad, with a good performance tonight. He really started to garner notice once the games began and has seemed a bit ahead of fellow undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson. Both will get looks tonight.