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OT Will Yeatman Visits Houston Texans; Signing To Come?

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This week saw the Texans lose David Quessenberry for the season. Could the team be close to signing a replacement?

A possible new RT for the Texans?
A possible new RT for the Texans?
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The Houston Texans had a rather large question mark at right tackle entering the 2014 offseason, and that question mark grew exponentially a few days ago when we learned that David Quessenberry would miss the season while undergoing treatment for lymphoma. With Quessenberry's absence, the Texans' current roster options at RT are likely Derek Newton (a man who fans have dubbed "Hologram," which implies he isn't actually present when he's playing, much less actually blocking someone) and Brennan Williams (who is returning from microfracture surgery). Neither of those players inspires a whole lot of confidence at the moment, so it stood to reason that the Texans would explore adding depth/talent at tackle.

And the team is doing just that. Aaron Wilson reports that Houston brought Will Yeatman, late of the Miami Dolphins, in for a visit in the last day or so. More on Yeatman:

Yeatman tore his anterior cruciate ligament last November and was placed on injured reserve. He's expected to be ready for training camp after making steady progress in his rehabilitation from the knee injury.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound former University of Maryland player played in eight games last season.

He's played in 15 career games with two starts in three NFL seasons.

Whether Yeatman would actually resemble any sort of stopgap solution at right tackle for the Texans remains to be seen. Regardless of whether the team actually signs Yeatman (and it appears there is interest from other teams in his services, as the linked article mentions that he's met with the Vikings and Jets as well), you can bet the Texans will be actively scouring the waiver wires once cuts start during training camp.  No matter who the starter is at QB, he'll need considerably better play from the right tackle position than what the Texans got in 2013 to maximize his chances of succeeding this year.

Speaking of the Vikings, in related news, they waived-injured Lestar Jean. Best of luck to him as he looks to continue his career elsewhere. Odds that Gary Kubiak has already placed a phone call to Jean's agent from Baltimore?