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5 Undrafted Free Agents That Could Make the Houston Texans Roster

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5 Undrafted Free Agents That Could Make the Houston Texans Roster

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With every team having played a preseason game by now, the conversation for who should be cut and who should get a shot is running rampant through fan discussion for all 32 NFL teams this week. The preseason panic and overreaction seems to be at an all time high this year with injuries being ever more common than usual and the fantasy football scene blowing up so big.

On the fantasy side of things, owners are scouring team message boards and twitter trying to get the down low on undrafted guys who have a shot at making a team and might get significant playing time. Buying low on a guy like this can make or break a fantasy league, so owners are doing their homework early.

For the rest, such as myself, I just want to know who has an opportunity to be the next Arian Foster, an undrafted guy who made good after getting his opportunity. Most may not remember that Foster was cut and placed on the Houston Texans practice squad his rookie season before making the most of his opportunity.

With a franchise that has shown it is willing to throw draft status out the window and give the best player an opportunity to win the job, there are a handful of undrafted free agent prospects on the Texans current roster who have a legit shot at making the final 53 man card.

There are question marks at both linebacker positions as well as running back depth. Corner is also another position that we could see a surprise or two. Here are five players in training camp that I think have a chance of sticking around on the 2013 Houston Texans roster.

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RB - Dennis Johnson

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Last week at this time, Dennis Johnson seemed to have the third running back job on lock down. But a mediocre showing both running and returning the ball has him neck and neck with the next guy on this list now.

Total yards shouldn't be taken too much into consideration in the preseason due to lowered opposition and not playing with the starters on your own personnel. He'll need to have a better showing in the next couple of preseason games to earn the job.

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RB - Cierre Wood

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All of the reports out of camp had been that Cierre Wood looked like nothing special and he was behind Johnson in the third running back battle. But he made up for that with a strong performance in the preseason opener.

True, Wood was playing against guys who will most likely be changing oil for employment in a couple of weeks, but he also didn't have any of the starting offensive line in front of him. He seems to understand the scheme the best and it'll come down to the final preseason game between him and Johnson.

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OLB - Willie Jefferson

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I wrote prior to the preseason opener that for all of those who make this time of year sound meaningless, to a guy like Willie Jefferson, it means everything.

Showing a good move to get to the quarterback, Jefferson did little to harm his chances at making the final roster. He'll have to beat out fan favorite Bryan Braman if he wants to make the team, and his play on special teams could be the deciding factor.

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CB - A.J. Bouye

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With the poor play of Roc Carmichael, the possibility for a guy like A.J. Bouye to make the club increased greatly.

Those in camp have had little bad to say about Bouye, and he didn't do anything to hurt himself in the opener. He got lucky on a play he got beat on when the receiver couldn't reel in the throw, but for an undrafted free agent, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

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QB - Case Keenum

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Most people wouldn't have included Case Keenum on this list since he wasn't in this draft, but he did go undrafted in 2012, so I'm including him.

After a good showing against the third and fourth string Minnesota defense last Friday, Houston is buzzing for the hometown kid to earn a spot as Matt Schaub's backup. Regardless of if that happens or not, Keenum has played well enough for the team to carry three quarterbacks this season. He just has to not have a decline the rest of the way.