The Houston Texans have released their first cuts of the preseason and getting to the league mandated 75 by Monday. The biggest surprises with the current list is Brett Hartmann, Derrell Smith and Nick Mondek.
Nick Mondek was drafted in the 6th round in the 2012 NFL draft and was considered a project coming into the season. He never really impressed at any level to get to the second round of cuts. Derrell Smith, who was making a position change from linebacker to fullback, never got going with the offense. Below are the first major moves of the preseason.
First Cuts of the Preseason (12)
Omar Gaither, ILB (Pictured Above)
Mario Louis, WR
Davin Meggett, RB
Nick Mondek, OT
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, DE
Derrell Smith, FB
Kasey Studdard, OG
Torri Williams, CB
Greg Williams, ILB
Bryant Johnson, WR
Brett Hartmann, P (Reserve/Non Football Illness)
Thomas Austin, OG (Reserve/Non Football Injury)
3 Others with Medical Designations
Sunny Harris and Randy Bullock were placed on the Injured Reserve
Darryl Sharpton was placed on the PUP list.