The team you have in August isn’t the team you have in September. The Texans have tinkered with their roster and will continue to until the season is over. In the last day, they have made a few moves to clean up the edges of the roster for their game against New England this Sunday.
The first, and biggest, move is that Will Fuller V practiced today.
Will Fuller is practicing for the first time suffering a broken collarbone. Significant news for the #Texans— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 18, 2017
The target chart from the win over Cincinnati was hilarious and unsustainable. DeAndre Hopkins had 7 catches on 13 targets, Lamar Miler had 3 catches on 3 targets, Tyler Ervin had 3 catches on 5 targets, and Braxton Miller had 2 catches on 3 targets. Until Deshaun Watson has an even semi-complete roster around him, it’s going to be tough to judge him. Getting Fuller V and his super cool blonde hair back is a huge step.
There were also smaller little depth signings. With Kevin Johnson out for four to six weeks, the Texans needed defensive back help. Houston worked out Johnthan Banks, B.W. Webb, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Corey White and Josh Thornton before deciding to sign former Tampa Bay second round pick Banks.
Banks will play corner with Kareem Jackson, Johnathan Joseph, and whoever else is still remaining.
Houston cut tight end Evan Baylis to make room for Banks. The Baylis move should hopefully signal the return of either Stephen Anderson or Ryan Griffin. Two other moves affecting former Texans also happened yesterday.
So a division rival Jacksonville Jaguars plucked Jaelen Strong off waivers. The former third round pick’s career with Houston has come to an end, but his NFL career has not.
And the Patriots, who the Texans play on Sunday, just so happened to sign a former Texan to their practice squad mere days before the teams meet in Foxborough. Clever.