The Houston Texans have almost set their 53 man roster heading into the regular season, after completing NFL roster cuts. With the roster sitting at 75 players following last night’s 28-24 victory vs. the Minnesota Vikings, 22 roster spots had to be cleared by 8:00 pm today.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak announced at his press conference that the Texans have cut 19 players thus far. That leaves 3 more roster moves to be made. Two players, T Rashad Butler and WR Jerrell Jackson will likely be placed in IR, leaving one more move to be decided.
Among the players released was former University of Houston QB Case Keenum. Keenum signed with the Texans as a free agent after going undrafted and was competing against veteran QB John Beck for the 3rd QB spot. Beck had a solid preseason and was impressive again last night vs. Minnesota. That showing solidified his spot on the team as the Texans elected to keep 3 QBs on the active roster, which was expected after all of the injuries they had at the position last season. Keenum still has a shot to stick with the team on the practice squad if he clears waivers and is not picked up by another team.
The Texans decided to keep 3 running backs, so that means RB Jonathan Grimes was waived. Grimes had a nice preseason, but the Texans only carry 3 RBs, just as they did last season. Free agent pick up Justin Forsett, who set a Texans preseason record with 114 rushing yards last night vs the Vikings, will be the 3rd running back this season. Grimes will be on the practice squad if he is not snatched up on the waiver wire.
Other players released on Friday were TE Logan Brock, DE Keith Browner, OLB DJ Bryant, NT Hebron Fangupo, DE David Hunter, WR Juaquin Iglesias, OLB Delano Johnson, DE Mitch King, ILB Shawn Loiseau, WR Jeff Maehl, OT Nathan Menkin, OLB Rennie Moore, FB Moran Norris TE Phillip Supernaw, C Cody Wallace and G Cody White.
The team will have the option to sign 8 players to the practice squad who clear waivers. Norris is the only player released today who is not eligible for the practice squad.
The Texans kick off defense of their AFC South title September 9th vs. the Miami Dolphins at Reliant.