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2016 Houston Texans Roster Cuts: Team Cuts Roster Down To 75 Players

Many men saw their Houston Texans careers end today. Here's who the Texans parted ways with to meet the NFL's first roster deadline.

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Today, the Texans completed the final few moves to get under the NFL’s 75 player limit. For your viewing pleasure, here is the entire list of moves the Texans made to get down to 75 players.

A few notes on those who will be moving on:

  • Jeoffrey Pagan is only the second draft pick in the Bill O’Brien era to not currently be on the roster. The other is Louis Nix III (R.I.P KNEES).
  • Duke Thomas saw the most action out of any of players that were cut, seeing 47 snaps total with an average snap percentage of 26%.
  • Only one of the ten players cut saw playing time in the last preseason game, as Tevin Jones saw four snaps on special teams.

As for the roster moving forward, the next series of roster cuts are due on or before September 3rd, when teams will cut their rosters down to 53. Heading into that final cut, there are a variety of things worth considering as the Texans get ready for their last exhibition game of the preseason. Let’s take stock of the roster.

  • There are still six running backs on the roster. Not a single one was cut, which means that the backfield is going to be crowded when the Texans travel to Arlington on Thursday.
  • There are also five tight ends on the roster for some reason.
  • Where things could get interesting is at wide receiver, where Keith Mumphery could be a candidate for a practice squad spot for the coming season.
  • What’s left of the offensive line will fight for a spot on the roster, with Oday Aboushi, Chad Slade, and Jeff Adams all posting high snap count numbers in the first three preseason games.
  • Despite the release of three linebackers, the linebacker party is still pretty full. Excluding the starting foursome of Jadeveon Clowney, Brian Cushing, Benardrick McKinney, and Whitney Mercilus, the Texans still have another seven players behind them to pick from for the remaining roster slots.
  • The secondary battles will also be worth watching. Charles James will again be fighting for a roster spot, going up against Robert Nelson and Terrance Mitchell. With the safety position, things are a bit more murky due to the injury status of both Kurtis Drummond and Lonnie Ballentine. As of right now, Corey Moore and Antonio Allen are the players who look to be on the bubble, but that’s all dependent on what the Texans do once/if they expect Ballentine to become available, along with how many safeties the Texans decide they want on their roster.

That’s all for now. The next set of cuts are coming no later than Saturday after the final preseason game. Until then, feel free to speculate and comment on what you think the Texans will do in terms of roster building and who won’t survive the next cut (Quenton Bundrage) in the comments below.

P.S. The Snap Count post was delayed this week due to the cuts, but it’ll be up and ready to go before Thursday night’s game with full snap totals through the the first three preseason games.

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