After another hilarious and terrible loss, this time to the crappy Indianapolis Colts, the Texans have pulled out the scythe and taken a long swipe at the roster. Houston released Whitney Mercilus yesterday, opening the door for Jonathan Greenard to get more than 50% of the snaps. In addition to that, the Texans made a variety of additional moves.
The first is that the Texans cut former Pro Bowl returner Andre Roberts. He was signed to do one thing, and one thing only—return kicks. Instead, Roberts fumbled the ball and was a key factor in the Texans’ miserable special teams performance.
Texans cutting former Pro Bowl return specialist Andre Roberts, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 18, 2021
In Roberts’ place will probably be Desmond King, who had some success as a kick returner in the preseason.
It was announced late last week that Marcus Cannon would have back surgery and yesterday we learned he is out for the rest of the season.
Sources: Texans' Marcus Cannon has back surgery, out for season @SportsTalk790 @iHeartRadio https://t.co/f2t9xqpynn— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 18, 2021
Cannon was fine at right tackle. He held his own in pass protection, but didn’t make a difference in the run game, though he wasn’t a negative. Deciding to trade for a 33 year old offensive tackle with an injury history who sat out the entirety of last season, just to move Tytus Howard to guard made zero sense when it happened and it still doesn’t make sense. The process was terrible. The results were terrible.
As a result of Cannon’s unavailability and Laremy Tunsil having a surgery of his own, Houston rolled out an offensive line configuration of Geron Christian Sr., Tytus Howard, Justin McCray, Max Scharping, and Charlie Heck against the Colts. It will be the same this week against the Cardinals. In a related story, J.J. Watt now has dinner plates for eyes.
David Culley said that the current configuration of the offensive line will remain the same, which is LT Geron Christian Sr., LG Tytus Howard, C Justin McCray, who replaced Justin Britt due to a knee injury, RG Max Scharping, RT Charlie Heck— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 18, 2021
In the meantime, Houston worked out Harry Crider and former Cardinals starting guard Earl Watford, as their practice squad being poached of young offensive linemen.
Texans worked out Harry Crider and Earl Watford— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 18, 2021
These are the moves the Texans have made entering this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.