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Houston Texans Roster Moves: Four Players Signed, Four Players Waived

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One veteran offensive lineman comes aboard, joined by three UDFAs. Find out who they are and who was released to make room.

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Finally, some depth at tackle.
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A flurry of transactions this afternoon at NRG Park, friends. Joining the roster of your Houston Texans are:

Breno Giacomini (OT)

Bryce Jones (CB)

Dare Ogunbowale (RB)

Chris Thompson (WR)

Leaving the roster of your Houston Texans are:

Dimitric Camiel (OT)

Kenny Hilliard (RB)

Tevin Jones (WR)

T.J. Mutcherson (S)

Of those names, Giacomini is perhaps the most intriguing to Texans fans, as he served as the Jets’ starting right tackle for the past three years. Here’s what Connor Hughes (one of the Jets’ beat writers) wrote about the Jets parting ways with Giacomini a few months ago:

Giacomini, 31, signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2014 and has been their starting right tackle since. But his production has declined over the years. In his first season with the Jets, Giacomini finished with a PFF rating of 74.9. In 2015, he had a grade of 41, and in 2016 44.3.

Injuries took a toll on Giacomini last year. An offseason back injury landed him on the physically unable to perform list. Giacomini returned, played in five games, then re-injured his back. The Jets put him on the season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 13.

Giacomini said after the year he'd have offseason back surgery. He expects to be ready by the start of training camp.

That last line about back surgery sort of dampens the excitement you might have about the Texans acquiring a former starting tackle, doesn’t it? Here, let me ratchet your emotions back up a bit with this article in which Giacomini was described as possessing “physicality and nastiness in spades.” Not a bad flyer for a team desperate for help on the line, is he?