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Texans cut 21, including Colvin

August, 29, 2008
8/29/08
4:58
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Houston Texans announced the following cuts:

FB Jon Abbate

QB Shane Boyd

QB Alex Brink

LB Kevis Coley

DE Rosevelt Colvin

S Glenn Earl

C Greg Eslinger

CB Jamar Fletcher

WR Darnell Jenkins

TE Ryan Krause

DT Gabe Long

DT Anthony Maddox

WR LeRon McCoy

LB Ben Moffitt

DE Jesse Nading

CB Derrick Roberson

RB Marcel Shipp

WR Mark Simmons

T Torrin Tucker

RB Darius Walker

CB Dexter Wynn

Colvin is the biggest name. The Texans signed the veteran to be a pass rush specialist, but Gary Kubiak said Colvin's work wasn't good enough to justify keeping him for such a narrow role over a player who could contribute on special teams.

They have one more cut to make. Officials said they are conducting further tests on running back Chris Brown, who's dealt with back problems this summer. The Texans will sort that out tomorrow.

Kudos to the Texans. While some teams will leave everyone unnecessarily digging until the last second to learn of cuts, they showed why they are considered the most fan- and media- friendly team in the league this afternoon.

The press conferences of Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith discussing the cuts were aired on Texans Internet TV on the team's web site.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

HOUSTON -- Some thoughts on Houston's work tonight in a 19-16 preseason win over Denver.

  • Chris Taylor should get an earful when film is reviewed for a second-quarter failure in blitz pickup. He moved forward looking for someone near the line of scrimmage while cornerback Christian Morton flew in untouched from wide right and hammered Sage Rosenfels, forcing a fumble. Taylor did recover the ball. But he was very lucky Rosenfels wasn't hurt.

"That was my fault, I apologized to Sage," he said. "That was must a missed read that I had, but it won't happen again."

Rosenfels' take: "That blitz doesn't happen very often in that formation. That is his responsibility, but as weird as it sounds it didn't actually hurt very bad. Thankfully it was a corner instead of a linebacker."

  • Ahman Green tweaked his groin on the first offensive play, a 5-yard catch. So Taylor got all the first-half running back carries. Nineteen yards on 10 handoffs didn't indicate that the new cut-blocking scheme was creating a lot of room for him. At least once, however, he did far too much dancing and didn't seem like a subscriber to the one-cut and go mindset. Ten of those 19 yards came on one carry.
  • Jacoby Jones did way too much East-West running on a third-quarter punt return, but at least he coughed the ball up and lost a fumble when he was finished. He estimated he ran almost 110 yards on the play. He wasn't exaggerating by much.
  • From the it-sounds-significant-but-isn't-department: Rosenfels has now thrown a touchdown pass in all nine of his preseason appearances for the Texans.
  • Outside linebacker Zac Diles looked good to me. He played into the second half, looked fast and was around the ball quite a bit. Talked to him briefly after and he seemed pleased with his course so far.
  • Running back Chris Brown, who's missed time with back problems, dressed but did not play.
  • Denver linebacker Louis Green, who left the field strapped to a backboard after colliding with teammate D.J. Williams in the first quarter, was released from the hospital and was supposed to fly home with the team tonight, the Broncos said in a statement.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Good morning, AFC South. Light work this morning for the Texans here in Houston, then they're off until they report to the team hotel Friday night to get in the right frame of mind for Saturday's preseason opener against Denver at Reliant Stadium.

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