New Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio continues to remake the roster in his own image (or McEasterby’s?) as more players are heading for the waiver wire.
Texans cut defensive tackle Auzoyah Alufohai, according to a league source, in addition to Drake Jackson and John Reid. Alufohai was on the Texans' practice squad last season. Was at one of most crowded positions on the roster— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 24, 2021
While most haven’t heard of defensive tackle Auzoyah Alufohai or center Drake Jackson, any diehard fan of the Texans knows John Reid as one of the last Bill O’Brien era draft picks. But those weren’t the only transactions Caserio made yesterday.
The Texans traded a 2022 seventh-round draft pick to the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Ka’Dar Hollman on Monday, according to a league source.
While none of these moves amount to the big splash that get everyone’s attention, it is interesting to watch Caserio sweep away Bill O’Brien’s utter failure to fill out team depth as a general manager. The massive changes to the defensive depth chart, the all new running back room (minus David Johnson, that is), and the departure of the legendary Kahale Warring all speak to the new sheriff in town mentality.
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Sure, Ross Blacklock and Jonathan Greenard are still on the roster, but Isaiah Coulter and now John Reid are gone, just one short year after Bill O’Brien’s singular draft as a general manager. Don’t be surprised if Blacklock hits the road before long. After struggling mightily in his first season, earning the ire of future Hall of Famer J.J. Watt upon his ejection from the Baltimore Ravens game last season and essentially not living up to the pre-draft hype, Blacklock has a major uphill battle to fight to stick on this roster.
Tackle Charlie Heck is also still around, but the son of Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck might not make the final 53 either. As Houston methodically moves towards their kickoff roster, expect the moves to speed up. The Texans must cut down to 53 players by 3 p.m. CDT on August 31st. That’s just one week away.