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Houston Texans Release Roderick Johnson

The Texans’ best run blocker is no longer on the team.

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The only position the Texans have wealth in is offensive tackle. With Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, Marcus Cannon, Charlie Heck, and Roderick Johnson on the roster, the Texans had too many offensive tackles, if such a thing is possible. Compared to where the Texans were back in 2019, this is delirium.

Despite the plethora of tackle options, over the last two seasons, the Texans haven’t been able to run the ball, aside some good ol’ read-pass option manipulation. There isn’t a run scheme they carry out well. Lanes are clogged. Running backs don’t break tackles. It’s a mess.

Throughout his time in Houston, Roderick Johnson has been the only plus run blocker on Houston’s roster. The young offensive tackle stumbled his way here and picked up some spot starts along the way, showing prowess as a midzone blocker who can actually get to the second level.

With a new leadership group and numerous tackles on the roster, Johnson was the odd man out as the team works toward finalizing its 53-man roster. Houston released him to get closer to the next cutdown marker.

The Texans are hoping that Cannon will eventually participate in football again; they can work out where him and Howard play, With Johnson’s release, it appears the team is also optimistic Heck can settle in as the team’s swing tackle. So far Heck has looked good in pass protection from the right tackle spot, even if it wasn’t against real NFL competition in the preseason. Tunsil, Howard, Cannon, and Heck...these are probably going to be your 2021 Houston Texans tackles.

Good luck, Roderick. Hopefully you can find a franchise that will appreciate you.