The Houston Texans finalized their 53 man roster, and once the recently cut players cleared waivers, teams were set to sign players to their practice squad. Teams could sign up to 16 players to make up their practice squad, who will have the unheralded duty of running the opposing team’s defense and offense, and getting the crap kicked out of them, to continue their NFL dream. Houston signed the following players to their 2021 Practice Squad.
2021 Houston Texans Practice Squad
|Jeff Driskel||QB||6-4||235||28||6||Louisiana Tech|
|Carson Green||OL||6-6||320||22||R||Texas A&M|
|Ryan McCollum||OL||6-5||300||23||R||Texas A&M|
|Jonathan Owens||DB||5-11||210||26||3||Missouri Western State|
|Derek Rivers||DL||6-5||250||27||5||Youngstown State|
|Lane Taylor||OL||6-3||324||31||9||Oklahoma State|
The practice squad is also supposed to be a useful tool to develop undrafted free agents, and younger players, to act as a farm system for the 53 man roster, along with getting players who will provide the best look possible to the ones who suit up on Sundays. The Texans didn’t do this. They have nine players over the age of 25 on the practice squad, including a 28 year old Jeff Driskel, a 31 year old Lane Taylor, and a 27 year old Derek Rivers. Houston only have five players with one year or less of league experience, including a the 26 year old Jordan Veasy.
Houston is all about veterans. This is true even with their practice squad. Hopefully when the season gets going, and this thing gets more fluid, Houston utilizes it to develop talent, instead of providing depth to the depth chart. This season is a wash. The future is what matters. Keeping Derek Rivers around after a listless preseason doesn’t.