Saturday, August 31, 2013
Houston Texans cut-down analysis
By Tania Ganguli
Most significant move: Three draft picks were placed on injured reserve -- outside linebacker Trevardo Williams, offensive tackle Brennan Williams and receiver Alan Bonner. Bonner, a sixth-round pick, wasn't healthy at all throughout training camp, Brennan Williams, a third-round pick, had a knee injury that kept swelling any time the Texans tried to test it and Trevardo Williams, a fourth-round draft pick, had the kind of camp that just showed he wasn't ready. Once the pads came on, he slipped below Justin Tuggle and Willie Jefferson, two undrafted free-agent rookie linebackers who both made the 53-man roster. The Texans released a fourth draft pick -- nose tackle Chris Jones, who they want to place on the practice squad if he clears waivers. That's four drafted Texans who won't be on the opening active roster.
Onward and upward: A.J. Bouye, a cornerback out of UCF, made the roster as an undrafted rookie. He didn't have a flashy college career, but he came into Texans camp determined to prove he belonged. He's one of four undrafted rookies who made the team -- the most the Texans have ever had. Bouye got the nod over Roc Carmichael, a third-year cornerback out of Virginia Tech, who spent most of last season on the roster, but inactive for games.
What's next: Having kept three quarterbacks as expected, the Texans still have a decision to make on their order. Case Keenum and T.J. Yates battled throughout training camp and the preseason for that right. Yates is the incumbent and played well, especially after being pushed by Keenum. Keenum also had a strong preseason. His final game featured a mixture of great plays and poor ones. Of course, if the Texans need either one to play during the regular season, that will mean something happened to Matt Schaub and it won't be a good sign for the team.
Texans cuts: RB Deji Karim, RB Dennis Johnson, FB Tyler Clutts, WR Andy Cruse, WR EZ Nwachukwu, OL Tyler Horn, OL Nate Menkin, OL Alex Kupper, TE Jake Byrne, DL Cameron Collins, DL Keith Browner, DL Delano Johnson, DL Chris Jones, DB Jawanza Starling, DB Elbert Mack, DB Orhian Johnson, DB Roc Carmichael, Mike Mohamed
Placed on injured reserve: WR Alan Bonner, T Brennan Williams, OLB Trevardo Williams
Injury settlements: DL Daniel Muir, David Hunter, WR Mike Smith