The Texans’ roster and practice squad are taking shape.
With Houston’s regular-season opener at the New England Patriots on the horizon, the team has whittled it’s active roster down to 53 players and started to add to the additional 10 players allowed on the practice squad.
“Our guys have been together since April 18,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said. “In the meeting and weight rooms and on the practice field. Games are different deals, but there is good chemistry in that room no doubt about it.”
Veteran punter and Sealy and Texas A&M graduate Shane Lechler, who will be replaced by rookie Trevor Daniel. Kicker Nick Rose was cut to make way for Ka'imi Fairbairn, who is returning from injury.
Also among the cuts are wide receiver Braxton Miller, who was sleeted in the third round after playing quarterback for most of his career at Ohio State. He made 34 receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns in twos seasons with the Texans.
Offensively, the team cut ties with receiver Quan Bray, running backs Lavon Coleman and Terry Swanson, linemen Anthony Coyle, Mason Gentry, Jaryd Jones-Smith, David Quessenberry, and fullback Jay Prosch.
Defensively, Houston cut linebackers Ufomba Kamalu, Josh Keyes, and Kennan Gilchrist, defensive backs Ibraheim Campbell, Treston Decoud, Bryce Jones, Corey Moore, Dee Virgin and Jester Weah and linemen Kingsley Opara and Nick Thurman.
Linebacker David Bellamy, corner Andre Chachere, offensive linemen Kyle Fuller Roderick Johnson, and Chad Slade, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo, tight end Matt Lengel and receiver Jester Weah were signed to the practice squad.
Joe Webb was originally released on Saturday but agreed to a one-year contract on Sunday. After completing 11 of 18 passes for 136 yards and rushing for 28 yards in the final preseason game on Thursday, he will be the third quarterback and also contribute on special teams.
“That was kind of a formality, I’ll be honest with you, relative to a couple things that were going on,” O’Brien said. “But he earned the right to be on our team and he made our football team.”
Houston claimed three rookies off waivers, grabbing corner Latrell Jameson from the New Orleans Saints, safety A.J. Moore from the Patriots and running back Buddy Howell from the Miami Dolphins.
The Texans then waived safety Kurtis Drummond, running back Troymaine Pope and tight end MyCole Pruitt.
“We liked what we saw on film and on offense and on special teams and we took a shot,” O’Brien said of Howell. “We’ll see how it goes.”