As of late Saturday night, the Texans have one spot still open on their practice squad. So far, as reported by the team, the practice squad consists of the following seven:
RB Jonathan Grimes – Apparently the Jets put a conditional claim on him, meaning that if the choices ahead of him fell through, he’d move up the priority list. So we know the Jets at least have an interest. Glad to see Grimes hit our p-squad but I wouldn’t anticipate him sticking around all season.
OLB Delano Johnson – I am totally baffled by this one. Another OLB, DJ Bryant, was not picked up by anyone after a pretty stellar preseason for the Texans. Like Grimes, he is also reported to be one of the Jets conditional pick ups. I can only think that one of two scenarios played out – 1 – there is some kind of character issue or other reason the Texans didn’t want to hang on to Bryant, or 2 – he pulled a Jared Zabransky, meaning he was offered a spot on Houston’s practice squad, and he told the Texans to take their p-squad spot and stick it up their Bud Adams.
DL David Hunter – Played some NT and DE. Outplayed fan favorite Hebron Fangupo, but this isn’t a guy that bowled anyone over. I bet he’s first on the list of guys in this group to go if the Texans want to sign someone else.
TE Phillip Supernaw – I actually kinda like this guy. Glad to see he is going to be around, and in a year with less roster insanity, I could see him making the team at the bottom of the TE depth chart.
WR Jeff Maehl – Seemed to be on the rise a bit this time last year, but didn’t show much this preseason. He’s been around the team long enough that Kubiak would feel comfortable signing him in the event of an injury at the position.
S Eddie Pleasant – Really like this guy as a prospect. Especially glad he’s around in light of the fact that Shiloh Keo somehow made this roster. Look, I get it that Keo is a good special teams guy, but shouldn’t he at least be better than embarrassing as a safety?
QB Case Keenum – Kubiak loves himself a project quarterback. John Beck is terrible when the games count so if (ALL THE UNIVERSE’S GODS FORBID) we find ourselves in a repeat of last year’s QB turnover – I would wager Kubiak will quickly realize the unknown of Keenum in an NFL game is way better than Beck in a non-preseason role.
No word yet on the eighth and final practice squad spot.
Pending his physical, the Texans are set to sign OT Ryan Harris formerly of the Broncos. Harris, I assume, will step immediately into the swing tackle role over Andrew Gardner if he is healthy. Harris played in Denver under Rick Dennison, so we know he’s familiar with the zone blocking scheme. He’s basically a less effective version of the Rashad Butler. Not terrible, not great – just a guy who can fill in, in a pinch. Let’s not also forget that Butler, for whatever reason, was getting pushed around by SCRUBS in the Minnesota game before he got hurt. It’s almost like losing out to Derek Newton just shot his confidence or something. Feel bad for the guy. He has probably played his last down with the Texans.
Texans acquire FB Tyler Clutts from the Chicago Bears in exchange for CB Sherrick McManis. I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about Clutts, but a lot of Bear fans were not happy to lose him. I actually applaud Kubiak for going with Clutts rather than hanging on to veteran Moran Norris, who didn’t show much. Interestingly though, Clutts is not in the mold of the Vonta Leach, Lawerence Vickers, and Moran Norris’s of the world – he actually has pretty decent hands for the position. Clearly the Texans aren’t going to be using the FB the way they did with Leach and Vickers. James Casey may actually be in a good spot to make some money in his contract year.
More updates as they come. THAT IS THREE UPDATES IN THREE DAYS – THAT’S IT FOR TWO MONTHS!!