According to Nick Scurfield,
#Texans plan to activate rookie S Eddie Pleasant from the practice squad, according to @markbermanfox26 & @mcclain_on_nfl
— Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) December 21, 2012
With the release of running back Jonathan Grimes, the Houston Texans have promoted rookie safety from Oregon, Eddie Pleasant to the 53-man roster. Pleasant is listed as a strong safety measuring in at 5-10 and 213 lbs. and made a good impression in training camp, plus had an impressive final preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Pleasant came undrafted out of Oregon where he started 37 games for the Ducks, and was named the team’s most inspirational player his senior season. The All Pac-12 player was on the Texans draft board and was close to being drafted in the 6th round by General Manager Rick Smith, but ended up being one of the first players called post draft to come to camp.
Rick Smith said this of Pleasant after the draft,
“There were a couple of guys that we had really high, draftable grades on, the young man from Oregon, the safety… We contemplated drafting him.”
Pleasant will more than likely be a special teams player, and getting another defender to cover kicks could provide a much-needed boost to an up and down special teams unit. He will be one of five safeties now on the current roster for the Texans.
We talked to Pleasant after the Vikings preseason game, you can hear it here.
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