Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Houston Texans cut-down analysis
By Tania Ganguli
Most significant move: There weren't really any very significant football moves in the Houston Texans' first round of cuts. Those gone as the team reduces its roster from 90 (the Texans had 89 for a few weeks) to 75 were long shots to make the team. Non-football-wise, the Texans placed David Quessenberry on the non-football illness list as he continues his treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He's talked often about how being part of the team and the support he's received from the team make him feel stronger, like he has an "army" behind him. He'll remain part of the group as he fights for his life.
Receivers stand out: The Texans cut three receivers in this round, which still leaves them with some very difficult decisions this weekend. Texans coach Bill O'Brien singled out that group Tuesday as being a very talented one. They could keep five receivers, or six if a sixth player forces his way on the roster. Undrafted rookie Travis Labhart is in the conversation to be that sixth player. He could make a case for himself on Thursday night in the team's final preseason game.
Texans' cuts: WR Joe Adams, G Conor Boffeli, NT Austin Brown, OLB Paul Hazel, NT David Hunter, WR Alec Lemon, OLB Terrence Lloyd, G Sam Longo, WR Anthony McClung, CB Junior Mertile, RB William Powell and OLB Lawrence Sidbury. In addition, safety Lonnie Ballentine was placed on injured reserve.