This is a good time to see if we can put together a legitimate 53 man roster for the Texans in our second prediction of the preseason. We released our first prediction at the beginning of last week, now we give it another crack.
Take a look at our second prediction of the 53 man roster
Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates, John Beck
Notes: Only change is the addition of John Beck, Kubiak says there are decisions to be made so we helped him with it. Keep both quarterbacks and let Case Keenum develop on the practice squad. It is better to be safe than sorry during the season.
Running Backs (4)
Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Justin Forsett, Jonathan Grimes
Notes: No changes here, but something to keep an eye on is if the Texans feel comfortable enough with Grimes, Forsett could possibly be a surprising cut. If any reason, as a cost cutting decision.
Notes: Moran Norris’ snaps have been limited, and with only a handful of snaps, the Texans will be rolling into the season with no fullbacks. James Casey will be the fullback week one and possibly the Texans will be looking on the waiver wire for a potential fullback.
Owen Daniels, James Casey, Garrett Graham
Wide Receivers (5)
Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin, DeVier Posey
Notes: The question comes out about Posey and his calf injury. Many have thought that this injury might land him on the injured reserve. That move could hurt Posey and the Texans. With Posey possibly sitting out two full seasons, he would fall behind on the field. Posey needs reps and keeping him active with the team is important for his development.
Offensive Line (9)
Duane Brown, Rashad Butler, Derek Newton
Notes: Possible platoon at right tackle, but a starter will be named before we know it. Look for Newton to get the nod going into week one, with Butler being the swing tackle.
Antoine Caldwell, Wade Smith, Brandon Brooks, Shelley Smith
Chris Myers, Ben Jones
Defensive Ends (4)
J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith, Tim Jamison, Jared Crick
Nose Tackle (2)
Shaun Cody, Earl Mitchell
Outside Linebacker (4)
Connor Barwin, Brooks Reed, Whitney Mercilus, Bryan Braman
Inside Linebackers (4)
Brian Cushing, Bradie James, Tim Dobbins, Mister Alexander
Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Brice McCain, Brandon Harris, Sherrick McManis, Roc Carmichael
Notes: Still don’t see any real changes here, and we are still not convinced Alan Ball ends up on the final 53.
Danieal Manning, Glover Quin, Troy Nolan, Quintin Demps, Shiloh Keo
Kicker |Shayne Graham
Punter | Donnie Jones
Snapper | Jon Weeks
Returner | Trindon Holliday
Notes: Plenty of questions were answered with Randy Bullock being placed on injured reserve with his groin issue. It looks like the specialty team is set, and even with Holliday’s fumbling issues he is holding on by a thread. His fumbles this past game are reasons for concern but he has one more test against the Minnesota Vikings to prove he belongs.
Keep an eye out for Hebron Fangupo and where he will end up. Fangupo’s future depends on the health of Shaun Cody. If Cody is not healthy, he might be a candidate for the final 53, but that is a long shot. The practice squad could be the best spot for him and a mid-season call up could be in order.
Also don’t sleep on Jesse Nading who has been on the majority of the special teams units and playing both inside and outside linebacker positions. Nading, who is an obvious bubble guy, is doing everything the Texans are asking him to do and he is taking advantage of his opportunity. Out of practice squad eligibility, Nading will make the team or be released.
Players like Shawn Loiseau, Nathan Menkin, Eddie Pleasant, Case Keenum, Rennie Moore will be on display to make the Texans roster against the Minnesota Vikings. This is an exciting time for players fighting for their NFL careers and the Texans have a good young group of rookies looking to get that elusive chance to stay with the Texans.
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