Here are some thoughts for discussion if anyone is interested. Running Back the Green pick-up is OK with me. The Texans need a running back that can give us a couple of years of production, and Green can be that guy. The remaining backs on the roster are good for depth as the younger ones develop their games. Given Greens years in the league, I think they will all have a chance to get a significant number of carries. Fullback I think they should only carry one on the roster, and that should be Leach. It is fairly easy to pick up a fullback if he goes down with injury or doesnt perform. I think it was a huge waste of a roster spot last year when they were carrying two fullbacks or a 4th tight end/fullback on the active roster. Receiver I am disappointed that Moulds is no longer here. I thought that receiver was an area they could have let ride for a year as they fixed some of the other holes on the team. I am not as confident that Walter will work out as a number two receiver as the Texans staff is. Im not sure they are either it is likely that their statements are PR spin after Moulds asked to be let go. It will be interesting to see if Mathis finally stays healthy and puts his nose to the grindstone and becomes a legitimate receiving threat. If not, hell be gone next year. Tight End I think we have two keepers on the roster in Daniels and Putzier. I think it is time to cut ties with Breuner; he is primarily a blocker although he can have a couple of surprise catches each year. Id rather have a third dual threat person in that position. They can always use a tackle at tight end if they need the extra blocking on short yardage. I think a vet minimum tight end can be picked up to fill the third tight end roster spot, and then hed have to earn his playing time. Daniels and Putzier would take most of snaps. Center there are three centers on the team right now and none of them strike me as being very good in the short or long term. I dont think Flanagan adds much on the field, and roster spots are too valuable to waste on a locker room guy. Hodgdon has had a couple of chances and I havent been too impressed yet. Hes probably OK as a back-up, or maybe continued playing time would let him develop into a solid center. That leaves McKinney. While his pass blocking is suspect, I think he is the best run blocker the Texans have at center in their system. Unless we make a key pick-up in the draft or free agency, it looks like McKinney again. The wild card here is Weary he has played center before, but he doesnt get any work there now. Maybe that changes this year. Guard our best position on the line, which isnt saying much. Pitts looks good most of the time, but he has his stretches where he doesnt look so hot. He is commonly referred to here as the best lineman on the team, but what does that really mean? He has been a key component on one of the continually worst lines in the league. Maybe he should carry more fault than he is given I dont know. Weary looks good at times and bad at times. Unless a guard falls in the Texans lap, Id be OK with going with them as starters and concentrating on bigger needs. Tackle our worst position on the line. The problem is we need two good ones and a good backup. Id prefer two good back-ups, but more on that later. Winston has the best chance of being the real deal for us this year. He had some significant playing time last year, and that can only help his development. Id say hes a good tackle that may make a few mistakes as he continues gaining experience. Thats it for the good news. Spencer may or may not come back from his injury reports conflict and seem to cover the whole spectrum between hes fine and hes done. The D. Davis/Williams lesson from last year tells the Texans they had better not count on Spencer making it back as a solid starter at the beginning of the year. The team likes Salaam as a swing tackle back-up, but Id prefer a back-up left tackle and a back-up right tackle. Im not sure Bedell makes the roster this year; if he does the Texans didnt fix much on the line this off-season. Quarterback I think Rosenfels will be the starter with Carr as the back-up. I would prefer they trade or even cut Carr. They would then need to draft a good QB and try to find a low end veteran back-up. As far as getting rid of Carr, I think it is time for this from both the Texans and Carrs perspectives. I would not be surprised to see Carr go to another team and with a fresh start carry more than is share of the weight. I dont think better players around him would have to carry him; I think better players would allow him to play at a high level. Roster Spots I hope the Texans improve their use of valuable roster spots this season. I dont like to see a roster spot taken by a player because hes good in the locker room if he cant also contribute on the field. This problem is doubled because it also seems like it is used as an excuse to gather Denver and Green Bay players on the team to keep the coaches comfortable. As far as roster spots go, I also dont see the sense in leaving our already weak offensive line weaker because of lack of depth. As borderline as the back-ups are, it would be wise to carry an extra lineman compared to last year. It makes more sense to me to carry two reserve tackles on the roster than four tight ends or two fullbacks like they did last year. ---------------------------------------------------------- Filling the Gaps Running Back ok for now. Fullback keep Leach. Tight end find a vet minimum free agent if the Texans havent already identified a late round sleeper in the draft. Receiver draft or sign a decent veteran. Ill put this one down a s mid-round draftee. Center draft or find a good vet free agent that isnt too expensive. It is unlikely theyll find a reasonably priced vet that can contribute more that what they have there now. Theyll probably have to draft a mid-round center or get a great deal of improvement out of Hodgdon. Guard go with the status quo and look at vet minimum players in training camp, or draft a late round guard to develop. Tackle use a high, preferably first round pick, on a tackle. First or second round minimum depending on what they do about quarterback. Quarterback second round pick. ---------------------------------------------------------- Summary Low end free agent - tight end High Draft pick left tackle, quarterback Mid-Round Draft Pick center, receiver That takes care of four of the seven draft picks, and the players better contribute early for the sake of the Texans. That leaves three picks and some free agent money for defense.