According to Adam Schefter, the Texans have cut Jaelen Strong.
Texans released WR Jaelen Strong, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2017
This comes as a surprise given the team’s lack of depth at wide receiver. After this move, the team has DeAndre Hopkins, Braxton Miller, and Andy Jones as the only healthy wide receivers on the 53-man roster.
Strong was drafted as a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and failed to live up to his draft position. He was suspended for the Jacksonville game to open this season due to a 2016 arrest and failed to register a catch in Thursday night’s win over the Bengals. In nineteen career games, Strong has only three touchdowns, two of which came in his first career game against the Colts on Thursday Night Football two years ago.
Strong being cut like this could mean that the team is very high on newly-acquired wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, who the team signed to the practice squad this past Friday. Strong’s release could lead to Hamilton, a 6’2”, 205 pound receiver, getting promoted to the active roster.
Does this come as a surprise, Texans fans? Was this the right move for the team? Speak your mind in the comments below.
UPDATE: Mark Berman has Strong’s response to his release.
UPDATE II: Jaelen Strong will stay in the AFC South.