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2020 Houston Texans Training Camp: The First Roster Cuts Have Been Made

Houston cut three players on its journey to 53.

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Houston head coach, general manager, and emperor of all that is H-Town pro football Bill O’Brien began to cut down the Houston Texans roster yesterday, by releasing three players. Defensive tackle Albert Huggins, linebacker Daren Bates, and quarterback Alex McGough were all waived.

We predicted Alex McGough would stay on the Texans’ roster.

Apparently we were wrong.

Last week, the Texans kicked the tires on Cody Kessler. That, along with the ongoing availability of free agents like former Texan Joe Webb, Drew Stanton, Deshone Kizer, or others presumably means O’Brien has someone else in mind to be QB3 in Houston. Or maybe O’Brien is hoping he can trade Jadeveon Clowney to the Miami Dolphins for Ryan Fitzpatrick? Granted, he’d have to get Clowney to come in and sign a deal first. #dejavu

In all seriousness, the hope is always that Deshaun Watson will never need his backup to take the field, and if he does, it’s because backup quarterback A.J. McCarron comes out for mop up duty in the final week of the regular season because the Texans have locked up a playoff berth well in advance of Week 17. But that’s not a smart man’s bet.

Backing up the Michael Jordan of football is a big deal. Throwing the ball to the track team of Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller V, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb will require a smart, decisive quarterback with a big arm. While that QB will still have David Johnson, Duke Johnson, Darren Fells and Jordan Akins to dump the ball off to when things break down, if he’s no threat to move the ball vertically, the Texans’ offense just won’t function as designed.

So who is O’Brien eye-balling for the QB3 spot? Give us your predictions in the comments below.