Although the 2019 NFL Draft is over, NFL rosters are far from set. There are still free agents available and stones to flip over. The recent draft class has watered down position groups across the league and have made veterans on the roster bubble expendable to make room for the new young talent.
Bill Barnwell of ESPN predicted which players he believes are most likely to be traded or released now that the draft is over. Here’s what he had to say about the Houston Texans:
The Texans might not have come away with a sorely needed guaranteed upgrade at tackle this offseason, but they certainly added options to address the weakest spot on their roster. GM Brian Gaine signed Matt Kalil to a one-year deal before using two of his first three picks on tackles Tytus Howard and Max Scharping. Both could be considered developmental prospects, but the 6-foot-7 Henderson isn’t exactly a finished product either. He signed with the Texans last year, only to break his ankle during the season-opening loss to the Patriots. Even if the Texans move Martinas Rankin to guard, the presence of Howard and Scharping on the roster could push Henderson off of it.
Yeah, I’m not buying it. Houston is going to have a bloodbath competition for offensive line spots, trimming the extra weight as training camp and preseason progresses. Despite adding two new offensive tackles via this draft class, the Texans are far from settled at the tackle position. I’m assuming Henderson will be here throughout the summer.
My guess would be one of the veteran tight ends will be gone. Houston has the Jordan rookies, both of whom had interesting 2018 seasons. Kahale Warring may walk onto the field and be the best tight end as a rookie. You can’t carry four tight ends. Three is the typical number. That could easily mean Ryan Griffin is the odd man out.
The important thing is the offseason isn’t over. The Texans will continue to look to improve their team until they open their regular season against the Saints on Monday Night Football.