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Houston Texans Roster Cuts: The Final 53

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The Final 53

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Here we are.

After months of speculation and predictions, teams have all gotten down to the league requirement of 53 men on the 2013 NFL roster for each team. For the Houston Texans, a few minor surprises here and there, but no big upsets or shockers like in previous years.

Probably the biggest story of the final 53-man roster is that four undrafted free agents made the squad while some of the drafted talent did not. This just goes to show that Houston is in win-now mode and think that their window is open and they need to keep the absolute best players on the field, regardless of draft status.

It also shows that guys are no longer going to get a shot if they're past their first couple of seasons and are being outplayed by others at their position. This is the problem good teams have. Other teams want your players and even those who can't make your final 53 usually pick up somewhere else.

It has been a long and sometimes arduous journey for this franchise to build this roster, as just a few short years ago when they cut a player, you'd never hear from him again.

With all of the roster cuts and IR placements finished, here is a look at the 2013 Houston Texans for the time being. I say that because this is subject to change if a veteran cut from another team is better than someone near the bottom of the 53. Stay tuned, but take a look at the final card.

Mike Kerns is a Houston Texans writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on TwitterFacebook and on Google. You can also listen to his Texans Luv Ya Steel Blue podcast on iTunes.

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Quarterbacks

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Matt Schaub

T. J. Yates

Case Keenum

No real surprises here, as it was a foregone conclusion a couple of weeks ago that the team would be carrying all three quarterbacks.

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Running Backs

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Arian Foster

Ben Tate

Cierre Wood

Greg Jones

Delano Johnson

Deji Karim

Tyler Clutts

The battle for the third running back was a roller coaster. Once thought to be imminent for Dennis Johnson, Deji Karim took the lead for a couple of weeks before Cierre Wood stole it with a strong performance in the preseason finale.

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Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

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Andre Johnson

DeAndre Hopkins

DeVier Posey

Keshawn Martin

Lestar Jean

Alan Bonner (IR)

Ez Nwachukwu

Alec Lemon (IR)

Andy Cruse

Owen Daniels

Garrett Graham

Ryan Griffin

Jake Byrne

Clearly the biggest story here is the miraculous recovery of DeVier Posey. Most figured he would begin the season on the PUP list, but in being ready for Week 1, he pushes off one of the hopefuls for the fifth wide receiver spot.

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Offensive Line

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Duane Brown

Wade Smith

Chris Myers

Brandon Brooks

Derek Newton

Ben Jones

David Quessenberry

Ryan Harris

Brennan Williams (IR)

Andrew Garner

Cody White

Alex Kupper

Tyler Horn

Nate Menkin

A couple of surprises here with Cody White and Andrew Gardner sticking around. Brennan Williams to the IR is the likely reason why. Hopefully the team will have more success in their attempt to stash Nate Menkin on the practice squad after attempting to last year and failing.

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Defensive Backs

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Johnathan Joseph

Kareem Jackson

Brice McCain

Byan Harris

Roc Carmichael

Elbert Mack

A.J. Bouye

Danieal Manning

D.J. Swearinger

Ed Reed

Shiloh Keo

Jawanza Starling

Orhain Johnson

Eddie Pleasant

Being a victim of the numbers game and having his lunch stolen by A.J. Bouye, time simply ran out for Roc Carmichael. I still believe he has the tools to play at this level and he's likely to pick up somewhere else.

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Linebackers

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Brian Cushing

Joe Mays

Darryl Sharpton

Tim Dobbins

Justin Tuggle

Delano Johnson

Mike Mohammed

Cameron Collins

Brooks Reed

Whitney Mercilus

Sam Montgomery

Trevardo Williams (IR)

Willie Jefferson

Bryan Braman

Both Willie Jefferson and Justin Tuggle are good stories and earned their spot on the roster after Trevardo Williams was placed on the IR. A lot of question marks at the outside position going forward.

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Defensive Line

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J.J. Watt

Antonio Smith*

Earl Mitchell

Tim Jamison

Terrell McClain

Keith Browner

Daniel Muir

Chris Jones

Jared Crick

It's a pretty tight group here after the team reached an injury settlement with Daniel Muir. Here's to hoping this bunch can stay healthy, because there isn't much depth.

* One Game Suspension

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Special Teams

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Shane Lechler

Randy Bullock

Jon Weeks

With no competition currently on the roster for these three, this was the easiest picks to predict. If preseason performance is any indication, this is easily the best kicking crew Houston has ever had.