After trading for offensive line depth earlier this morning, your Houston Texans have begun cutting players in advance of tomorrow's deadline to trim the roster to 75. I suppose this process actually started on Friday night when the team parted ways with Stevie Brown (who quickly re-signed with the New York Giants), but it's picking up steam now. Aaron Wilson reports that the Texans have severed ties with two more players.
Texans cut wide receiver Jace Davis, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 31, 2015
Texans cut Chris Neild, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 31, 2015
UPDATE (12:46 p.m. CDT): Two more players gone.
Texans cut Cameron McLeod, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 31, 2015
Texans cut rookie linebacker Jason Ankrah, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 31, 2015
Seeing Ankrah cut here is a bit of a surprise. While I didn't necessarily think he'd make the 53-man roster, I did not expect to see him as one of the first players jettisoned. Could be a case of the team wanting to do right by the player to give him as much lead time as possible to line up a job with another team.
UPDATE II (12:53 p.m. CDT): Mark Berman has a few more names.
#Texans cut OLB Jason Ankrah, WR Jace Davis, NT Chris Neild, DE Cam McLeod, WR Travis Labhart, OT Bryan Witzman, NT Cody White (more)— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 31, 2015
More #Texans cuts: OT Aaron Adams, WR Alan Bonner,— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 31, 2015
#Texans ILB Reshard Cliett to IR.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 31, 2015
By my count, if we include Stevie Brown, that's ten (10) players cut and one moved to injured reserve. I'm a bit shocked that Adams and Bonner didn't even survive the first cut, though Adams' fate was likely sealed with the acquisition of Chris Clark this morning and I didn't count on Bonner making the 53 regardless.
UPDATE III (4:21 p.m. CDT): With one of the greatest punters of all time continuing to make his case for enshrinement in Canton, this was bound to happen.
#Texans cut punter Will Johnson— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 31, 2015
Four (4) more players still have to be cut by tomorrow at 3 p.m. CDT.
UPDATE IV (1:40 p.m. CDT on 09/01/15): And this should get the Texans down to 75 players.
Texans waived Jeff Tarpinian, Will Johnson. waived-injured Terrance Parks (hamstring), Anthony Denham (shoulder), David Quessenberry, NFI— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 1, 2015
We'll update this post as news breaks and then have a separate entry summarizing all the moves when the deadline passes. In the meantime, share your roster projections and predictions in the space below.