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Houston Texans Release Trevor Daniel, Sign Punter Who Was Drafted Five Picks Before Russell Wilson

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Such is Bryan Anger’s legacy.

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Best of luck, Trevor.
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Bill O’Brien has penned the latest chapter in his personnel management tome, tentatively titled “Always Doing What’s Best For The Team.” Your Houston Texans have cut Trevor Daniel and brought Bryan Anger, who was with the team throughout the preseason, back to be their punter moving forward.

Daniel, you might remember, was the plucky undrafted rookie free agent punter who beat Shane Lechler out in 2018, which resulted in the likely future Hall of Famer getting cut himself and effectively retiring. I thought Daniel acquitted himself well last year, but he hadn’t been nearly as impressive in the subsequent exhibition season or the first two games of 2019; he seemed particularly ineffective in last week’s win over the Jaguars. Thus, it’s not a shock to see him get his walking papers today.

Anger, of course, is the guy who the Jaguars famously drafted instead of Russell Wilson back in 2012. Although he’s bounced around the league a bit over the last couple of years, Anger had a solid preseason for the Texans, to the point that there was a real question as to whether Daniel would keep the job. While Daniel did in fact win that round, advantage Anger now.

Until he has a bad game, that is, at which point O’Brien will surely send Matt Turk a text message inquiring what he’s been up to.