Competition, COMPETITION, COMPETITION has come to an end. For the moment, anyway. The Texans slaughtered their roster and are left with 53 players to compete for this year’s Super Bowl. Here is Houston’s 53 man roster as of today.
Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor, Davis Mills, Deshaun Watson
Running Back: David Johnson, Rex Burkhead, Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram, Scottie Phillips
Wide Receiver: Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley, Nico Collins, Anthony Miller, Andre Roberts
Tight End: Jordan Akins, Pharoah Brown, Brevin Jordan
Offensive Line: Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, Max Scharping, Justin Britt, Charlie Heck, Geron Christian, Justin McCray, Marcus Cannon
Defensive Line: Whitney Mercilus, Maliek Collins, Vincent Taylor, Charles Omenihu, Jordan Jenkins, Roy Lopez, Jonathan Greenard, Demarcus Walker, Jacob Martin, Ross Blacklock
Linebacker: Zach Cunningham, Christian Kirksey, Kamu Gruiger-Hill, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Neville Hewitt, Garret Wallow
Cornerback: Bradley Roby, Terrance Mitchell, Vernon Hargreaves III, Desmond King, Tremon Smith, Tavierre Thomas
Safety: Justin Reid, Lonnie Johnson Jr., A.J. Moore, Terrance Brooks, Eric Murray
Special Teams: Ka’imi Fairbairn, Jon Weeks, Cameron Johnston
Well, the Texans keeping five running backs is absurd, ridiculous, and something only this organization would do. Rather than cutting one of the older veteran backs to make way for Scottie, Houston chose to quintuple down on the position.
Notably, Houston didn’t keep a backup center for Britt, so it’s all on the Britt Train, as the team opted to keep guard and tackle depth on the roster instead.
There are a lot of defensive linemen. No one has any idea who plays what or when. Most likely Houston will have two different front seven combinations depending on the down and distance, score, and where they are in the game.
Nick Caserio is clearly trolling us by keeping Vernon Hargreaves III around. After watching him drown as the team’s primary outside cornerback last year, we were all excited for the end of this era. Instead it will continue. Hargreaves will get at least start with Bradley Roby suspended for the season opener against the Jaguars.
And yes, we all knew Watson was going to be on the roster.
This is who Houston is running with as of today. I’m sure Caserio has several more moves in his pocket before next Sunday’s Week One tilt at NRG Stadium.