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Old 01-10-2005   #19
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The Texans have never sent a drafted player to NFLe per Warren at hpf, so I would not expect to see many of the guys you all are listing.

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Originally Posted by Warren at houstonprofootball.com
I agree that Lord would make an excellent candidate for NFLE (too bad the team in England isn't around anymore; Lord would be a perfect fits as a London Monarch on name alone). But the Texans have yet to send a single draft pick to Europe. Like most teams, they signed a bunch of street free agents and allocated them to NFLE. The only player that they've sent that they seemed to have any long-term interest in was TE Rashod Kent, and they had little invested in him.

There's a couple reasons to think hard about sending Ragone (or anybody else). First, he could get hurt over there. If he does, the Texans are on the hook for his entire 2005 salary.

Second, you have to weigh whether he'd be better off going through the Texans' full offseason program and working with the Texans' coaches and players than being coached by the staff of the Hamburg Sea Devils or some other NFLE team. The obvious upside is that he gets playing time in game conditions.

Most of the time, when an NFL team sends a player to NLE that they've got anything invested in, it's a guy who they want to give one last chance before they cut him, like the 49ers with QB Giovanni Carmazzi (a 2000 3rd round bust) in 2001, the Patriots with WR Tony Simmons (a 1998 2nd rounder) the same year, or Jerry Jones with one of his "future-franchise-QBs/steals-of-the-century" Chad Hutchinson a year ago.

As Vinny mentioned, the Patriots' Rohan Davey last year was an exception to that rule last year. Maybe his success in NFLE will encourage more teams to take the risk with players who they need to see in live action, even though Davey followed his NFLE MVP season with a poor training camp.

I say send Ragone. The chance to get him some snaps against live competition is worth the risk. I don't see Banks getting any better offers, so even if Ragone gets hurt, the Texans should still have the primary backup QB. Plus they have Symons, another young project QB, in the pipeline and whatever other QB they draft this year (I don't think Casserly can go a year without taking at least one, which isn't that bad of a strategy due to the importance of the position).
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