NFL Nation: Rosevelt Colvin

John Clayton looks at news from around the NFL.

Texans: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Biggest surprise: The Texans released linebacker/end Rosevelt Colvin and placed running back Chris Brown (back) on the non-football injury list. They'd spent $1.8 million in bonuses to sign those two players in the offseason. Contract status did prompt the Texans to force things with either.

No-brainers: Alex Brink or Shane Boyd could re-emerge on the practice squad or the Texans could shop for a practice squad QB on the market. But with Matt Schaub backed up by Sage Rosenfels, there is certainly no reason to carry a third, developmental type, on the 53-man roster.

What's next: The team is likely to re-add Marcel Shipp or Darius Walker or bring in a running back from outside. Once offensive tackles heal up or the Texans see something they like on waivers, look for rookie tackle Chris Washburn to be waived.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

We're in the shotgun today, using the whole play clock, scanning the field.

After this series, instead of looking at some pictures on the bench, we'll study some mailbag entries. (We'll try to post some answers Sunday; still time to be considered if you drop a note here.)

Later today you can expect an entry on each teams cuts and what they mean.

Houston Texans

Megan Manfull's take on the Texans cuts, which included Rosevelt Colvin, Glenn Earl and Darius Walker.

Richard Justice says cutting Colvin showed the Texans are more concerned with winning than covering their behinds.

Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell tells us Colts O-line coach Howard Mudd spent a lot of time getting his people ready for a situation like the one they face now and they're prepared to move on without Jeff Saturday. "You want them to be comfortable in that crisis,'' Mudd said. Peyton Manning thinks Jamey Richard will be Saturday's replacement.

Phil Richards says Manning expects he's going to play in the opener.

Phillip B. Wilson shares his list of the final 13 Colts he thinks will stick.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette writes that Khalif Barnes qualifies as a major issue for the Jaguars.

Vito Stellino considers the cases of Chauncey Washington and Troy Williamson.

The AP says Maurice Williams' knee injury is not serious.

Tennessee Titans

Jim Wyatt writes that indications are Vince Young's hand injury is not an issue.

Joe Biddle doesn't want to put much stock in the preseason.

Among the early cuts were a couple of guys with Nashville ties.

Posted by'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's Paul Kuharsky

A morning trip around the AFC South. Did I miss something? Have a question? Hit my mailbag. I'm in Terre Haute Saturday, Houston Sunday.

Houston Texans

It all starts with Matt Schaub for the Texans, and backup Sage Rosenfels provides a degree of comfort too, writes the Houston Chronicle's Richard Justice. A better run game means more play action means, hopefully, a less intimidating pass rush against the Texans this season.

Signed after OTAs, Rosevelt Colvin has some catching up to do, writes Meghan Manfull of the Chronicle.

Running back Chris Taylor is trying a bit of fullback in order to be more versatile and more valuable.

Indianapolis Colts

Jim Sorgi came out of his first full practice as the Colts' top quarterback with a new appreciation for the hard work it takes to run the first-team offense for an entire session. He looked better than I expected, but his big issue is decision making under pressure and that's not tested so much in a non-padded practice. Check out the Indianapolis Star story about it.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Jones was embarrassed by his recent drug arrest, but "declined to answer questions about his innocence," the Florida Times-Union reports.

Gene Frenette encourages people not to get riled up by lists, like the one that ranked Wayne Weaver as the worst owner. But Gene, that's why we write them.

Tennessee Titans

Albert Haynesworth's agreement to sign the franchise tender came with four avenues for him to avoid getting tagged again. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean (my former colleague and good friend) gives us this list:

• Makes the Pro Bowl.
• Plays 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
• Plays 53 percent of the team's defensive snaps and the Titans win 10 games.
• Plays 53 percent of the team's defensive snaps and the Titans finish in the NFL's top five in total defense.

The first avenue is probably the easiest, and it's the one Haynesworth has the most control over. If he approaches last year's play, he'll be a Pro Bowler easily.

"We're just going to play this situation out and see how it goes," Haynesworth said. "Regardless, I am making ... a lot of money. So I am happy they are giving it to me and we'll see what happens next year."

Some good Titans notes: The team is confident first-rounder Chris Johnson will be signed and on the field soon, maybe Saturday... Receiver Roydell Williams (ankle) is on the PUP list and could be out for two more weeks... Stephen Tulloch, a middle linebacker by trade, will work at outside linebacker until David Thornton returns from his brother's wedding on Sunday.