Texans positioning to make Free Agent/Trade Moves?

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  1. dalemurphy

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    I'm racking my brain and the only explanation for the Texans cutting down to 51 spots is that they are either radically incompetent or they are making room for at least two new acquistions. Here's the article we wrote about what will happen between now and Monday afternoon:

    The Texans made their cuts and roster moves official this afternoon, confirming what was being reported yesterday afternoon. Barrett’s list of roster cuts from yesterday is accurate and can be found here. With the signing of Derrick Ward, the roster exemption of Brian Cushing, as well as Anthony Hill’s placement on the PUP, the Texans effective roster is at 51. It is a virtual certainty to be at 53 by the early part of next week. So, the Texans clearly have a plan in place to sign players from the outside. I’m very encouraged by the aggressiveness the Texans are showing. This is easily the most talented and deepest team in the history the organization. Yet, instead of focusing on that reality, the Texans have apparently determined a need to strengthen the roster from the outside. So, by identifying where the Texans cut more aggressively than anticipated, we can probably surmise what positions will be addressed via FA in the next 48 hours. Here are my thoughts:

    1. Before delving too deeply into the numbers, it is possible that there has been a handshake agreement with Aaron Schobel to join the team after the preseason.
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  2. DerekLee1

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    McClain just wrote about this. They're signing Derrick Ward and looking for a backup QB. Booty may be the guy, but they're reserving the spot for now in case someone else they like better becomes available.
     
  3. dalemurphy

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    I've already counted Derrick Ward as one of the roster spots. That still leaves them at 51 (Cushing is exempt for 4 games). Also, I don't believe they are looking at QB.
     
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    Yesterday Kubiak said to that the roster will probably be kind of different and that they will probably make 3-4 additions/changes.
     
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    Rey, at the time, I didn't know how seriously to take that. He could've meant any number of things, especially since we didn't have the official list in front of us. But, clearly, he was indicating they were about to go get some people not on this team. I'm guess that is happening right this minute and will be announced sometime between tonight and Monday morning.
     
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    I'm just going to throw Zgonina's name in there. Laugh all you want but the dude wasn't signed going into last season and ended up being one of our more consistent DT's. Not to mention his relationship with Rick Smith and you know he's in gonna be in shape.
     
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    I don't just expect them to fill the last two open roster spots...

    I think we could very well see a trade involving a TE. I also think that that there is a good chance that either Naeding, Jamison or Shelly Smith are cut if they find a player that they think is an upgrade to the roster.
     
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    Damn cheap ass McNair won't even hire a full team. :lol:
     


  9. DiehardChris

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    I don't see this as anything unusual. This is what teams do when it's final cutdown time. Teams keep the guys they think are football players, no matter what the numbers are. If it's less than 53, they work the wire until they get to that number.
     
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    He needs to stop having lunch with Drayton McLane.
     
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    Thorn, has Second Honeymoon hacked your account?!?!
     
  12. dalemurphy

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    They cut Jeremiah Johnson, Malcolm Sheppard, Deljuan Robinson, JD Booty... All guys that they are very cheap, offer some depth, and a fair amount of upside. Particularly with Johnson and Sheppard, I can't imagine they would expose those guys unless they have specific plans in mind.

    Johnson will be ready to play football around week 3.. I'm sure Sheppard is a scary cut, waiting to see if they can get him to the P.S.
     
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    Those are all P Squad guys, though. I have no worries about JJohnson getting picked up. He's out a month, and I don't think any team wants to use one of the valuable 53 on a guy who won't even see the practice field for a month.

    Sheppard looked good in practice, but never showed anything in the preseason. I don't think there's anything on tape that would make someone jump at him, and even if they did - I don't think any of these guys would be a huge loss.

    Booty - I don't see him as any kind of loss if he ends up elsewhere. He didn't look THAT good against TB. Plus, there are already better options out there if they want a third QB.

    Robinson is the one guy that I think gives you some depth value. If Okam doesn't earn his roster spot, I'd like them to have another fat guy like DelJuan.
     
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    I totally disagree with you regarding Sheppard. I thought he flashed a great deal in the preseason, not to mention he has a good SEC film and measurables. He is certainly at risk. I'm not upset that he didn't make the roster but I would be very angry if the texans exposed him to the rest of the NFL simply because they thought maybe they'd sign a couple guys, then decided not to. That would be stupid and irresponsible.
     
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    I don't the staff is near as high on Sheppard as you are. Perhaps they are seeing some things you are not? Or maybe not seeing some things you think you are?

    If Sheppard was all that, they would have kept him on the 53.
     
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    I'm starting to wonder if Kubiak is going to pull some strings with Shanny, and get Haynesworth. There is nothing to back that up, but I'm very surprised we cut both DelJuan & Sheppard.

    This talk about Antonio Smith kicking in to play DT on a regular basis is just not reasonable. The only way that would happen, would be if something happened to Amobi or Mitchel, the UT in this group. Smith, Okoye, & Mitchell are all too small to play NT on a regular basis.

    Passing down, obvious passing situations, yes. Fulltime, no way.

    Haynesworth, yes. He may not like it, but yes.
     
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    that's why the have Cody & Okam...
     
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    I understand. I was arguing the notion of Antonio Smith kicking inside on a more permanent basis.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Rep coming your way!
     
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    Smith inside is on a limited, situational basis.
     

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