The Texans have to make their last 22 cuts by Saturday’s deadline to get under the 53-man roster limit, which means we only have one more opportunity to predict who will make the final depth chart. Luckily for us, having Hard Knocks cameras chronicle every little position battle during training camp has helped to get a clearer perspective than perhaps ever before. Would Charles James be such a rock solid lock to make the team without the entire city of Houston – and of course the coaching staff – falling in love with his personality? Would we have been given as much context for the outside linebacker battle without the show? Would we otherwise know how much Bill O’Brien obviously likes Chris Polk as a player? I personally do not think so, which I suppose is the value of Hard Knocks to begin with. If those cameras weren’t there, we the fans would lose out on a lot of incredible insight.
I really, really hope that the organization volunteers to do the show again in the future. From a fan's perspective, it has been an outstanding experience in every possible way. With that in mind, here is our final 53-man depth chart prediction, position by position.
QB: Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, Tom Savage
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts, Jaelen Strong, Keith Mumphery, Uzoma Nwachukwu
RB: Arian Foster, Alfred Blue, Chris Polk,
FB: Jay Prosch
TE: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin
OT: Duane Brown, Derek Newton, Chris Clark
OG: Xavier Su’a-Filo, Brandon Brooks, Jeff Adams
C: Ben Jones, James Ferentz
DE: J.J. Watt, Jared Crick, Jeoffrey Pagan, Tevita Finau
NT: Vince Wilfork, Louis Nix III, Christian Covington
OLB: Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney, John Simon, Kourtnei Brown
ILB: Brian Cushing, Mike Mohamed, Benardrick McKinney, Akeem Dent, Max Bullough
CB: Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Kevin Johnson, Darryl Morris, A.J. Bouye, Charles James
S: Rahim Moore, Andre Hal, Eddie Pleasant, Quintin Demps
PK: Randy Bullock
P: Shane Lechler
LS: Jonathan Weeks
What say you, BRB? Did we leave some names off that you think should make the team? Is there anyone on the projected roster that you feel does not belong there? Sound off in the comments below and leave a roster prediction of your own!