HOUSTON – Here’s what I believe the Texans 53-man roster will look like when final roster cuts are made official on Sept. 3:
QB (2) - Osweiler, Savage
WR (5) - Hopkins, Strong, Fuller, B. Miller, Mumphery
RB (5) - L. Miller, A. Blue, J. Grimes, A. Hunt, T. Ervin
FB (1) - Prosch
OL (9) - Newton, Su’a-Filo, Mancz, Allen, Clark, Lamm, Aboushi, Bergstrom, Slade
TE (3) - Fiedorowicz, Griffin, Anderson
DL (6) - Watt, Wilfork, Covington, Reader, Dunn, Heath
OLB (4) - Clowney, Mercilus, Simon, Scarlett
ILB (4) - Cushing McKinney, Bullough, Peters
CB (6) - Joseph, Jackson, Johnson, Bouye, James, Nelson
S (5) - Demps, Hal, Pleasant, Moore, Dillon
Specialists (3) - Lechler, Novak, Weeks
PUP (1) - D. Brown
1. Keeping only two quarterbacks and letting Brandon Weeden go.
In Bill O'Brien's two season in Houston, he has used eight different starting quarterbacks (Fitzpatrick, Mallett, Savage, Keenum, Hoyer, Yates, Weeden, Daniels), so carrying only two seems risky. But Weeden is not developmental, and while he is likely to find work elsewhere, if the Texans are forced to make their way down their quarterback depth chart for a third straight season, O'Brien and his staff have proven they can figure it out with whatever quarterbacks are available.
2. Devon Still
Still has been working with the first unit much of the preseason, yet there he was in Thursday's preseason finale taking 20 snaps with the group of reserves. He looks the part of an NFL player in terms of size and athleticism, but it hasn't translated on the field in practice or in games for the Texans. They were impressed with Heath, an undrafted free agent signing from Michigan State.
3. Terrence Mitchell
Mitchell has NFL experience with the Cowboys and Bears and was essentially in a fight with Nelson for the last several weeks for the final spot on the roster. Nelson just made a few more plays and could develop into a helpful player.