With next Tuesday looming large, and the 3 pm CDT cut-down mark with it, Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio has been a busy man. After making three cuts and a trade the other day, and then un-cutting one player just to trade him as well, it seems the Texans’ player contract team has been working overtime. In fact, it’s starting to come so quickly various news outlets are having a hard time separating fact from rumor.
Yesterday was no different.
Houston Texans Part Ways with Wide Receiver Taywan Taylor
Wide receiver Taywan Taylor was either added to Injured Reserve or cut, seemingly with an injury waiver, depending on which source you wanted to believe early on.
...the placement of receiver Taywan Taylor on injured reserve.
Texans Wire quoting Aaron Wilson
According to Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790, the Texans are cutting receiver Taywan Taylor, who the club signed to a one-year contract in May during the club’s offseason program.
Either way, most agree Taylor is gone from the active roster.
According to multiple reports, the club is releasing Taywan Taylor on Wednesday. Taylor, 26, signed with the Texans in May. He spent the previous two seasons with the Browns, playing out his rookie contract. In 2020, Taylor appeared in three games, receiving only one target. He had the same stat line in 2019 for Cleveland, after the Browns acquired him from the Titans.
Tennessee selected Taylor in the third round of the 2017 draft. He caught 53 passes for 697 yards with two touchdowns in two seasons for the Titans.
According to the team site, Taylor was placed on IR.
Aaron Wilson had a late night tweet that might clarify the situation once and for all:
Texans placed wide receiver Taywan Taylor on injured reserve instead of waiving him, per a league source. They officially signed Rasul Douglas to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 25, 2021
Houston Texans Sign ex-Las Vegas Raider Cornerback Rasul Douglas
Douglas was among the second wave of roster cuts from the Las Vegas Raiders, going unemployed just long enough to clear waivers before Caserio scooped him up in Houston.
The veteran former starter for the Eagles and Panthers signed for the veteran minimum. He was in a difficult position trying to work his way up the depth chart with the Raiders, especially after they signed former Chargers starter Casey Hayward.
Douglas is coming off a game against the Rams last Saturday in which he had four pass breakups and four combined tackles, but also gave up a couple first down catches and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
PFF.com gave Douglas an overall grade of 60.2 last season, where he notched 56 tackles (ranked 22nd), zero interceptions, and allowed 50 catches (T-23rd) on 77 targets (T-25th).
For comparison’s sake, Vernon Hargreaves III earned a 41.2 overall grade, making 66 solo tackles (8th), 1 interception (T-44th) and gave up 68 catches (T-3rd) on 93 targets (T-5th).
Sounds like we have an upgrade over Hargreaves if nothing else with the Douglas signing.
We’ll have to wait for next week’s Rosterology to be sure, but chances are Kenneth can scratch Hargreaves off the starter list... finally.