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Houston Texans roster cuts following 2021 training camp

NFL teams are cutting down to the 53-player maximum. We’ll break down the moves as the Houston Texans sort out their roster decisions.

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David Culley has gone through a brutal first offseason as the head coach of the Houston Texans surrounding their star quarterback Deshaun Watson. After wanting out of the organization, roughly two dozen sexual assault accusations have gone his way and his future in the NFL is uncertain.

While Watson’s legal situation plays out, Tyrod Taylor will be the starter at quarterback for the Houston Texans. Watson has yet to be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, so he could technically be in the lineup. It’s more likely we’ve seen his final snap with the organization, which is likely in the process of trying to find a new home for Watson.

The running back position is going to be interesting to see as the group has four players with significant NFL experience with David Johnson, Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram II and Rex Burkhead making this a full running-back-by-committee approach. Houston is a bit uninspiring at the wide receiver position behind Brandin Cooks. Chris Conley and Nico Collins figure to be the two next best receiver options, and Keke Coutee should get some slot opportunities with Anthony Miller out indefinitely.

Texans ​​53-man roster following roster cuts

Houston Texans, 2021 53-man roster

Position Name
Position Name
TE Jordan Akins
DL Ross Blacklock
OL Justin Britt
DB Terrence Brooks
TE Pharaoh Brown
RB Rex Burkhead
OL Marcus Cannon
OL Geron Christian Sr.
DL Maliek Collins
WR Nico Collins
WR Chris Conley
WR Brandin Cooks
LB Zach Cunningham
K Ka'imi Fairbairn
DL Jonathan Greenard
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
DB Vernon Hargreaves III
OL Charlie Heck
LB Neville Hewitt
OL Tytus Howard
RB Mark Ingram II
DL Jordan Jenkins
RB David Johnson
DB Lonnie Johnson Jr.
P Cameron Johnston
TE Brevin Jordan
DB Desmond King II
LB Christian Kirksey
RB Phillip Lindsay
DL Roy Lopez
DL Jacob Martin
OL Justin McCray
DL Whitney Mercilus
WR Anthony Miller
QB Davis Mills
DB Terrance Mitchell
DB A.J. Moore Jr.
DB Eric Murray
DL Charles Omenihu
RB Scottie Phillips
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
DB Justin Reid
WR Andre Roberts
OL Max Scharping
DB Tremon Smith
QB Tyrod Taylor
DL Vincent Taylor
DB Tavierre Thomas
OL Laremy Tunsil
DL DeMarcus Walker
LB Garret Wallow
QB Deshaun Watson
LS Jon Weeks
Reserve Injured
WR Taywan Taylor
Reserve Suspended by Commissioner
DB Bradley Roby

Texans ​​​​​roster cuts

  • QB Jeff Driskel
  • RB Dontrell Hilliard
  • RB Buddy Howell
  • RB Darius Jackson
  • FB Paul Quessenberry
  • WR Isaiah Coulter
  • WR Keke Coutee
  • WR Alex Erickson
  • WR Chris Moore
  • WR Jordan Veasy
  • TE Antony Auclair
  • TE Ryan Izzo
  • TE Kahale Warring
  • OL Hjalte Froholdt
  • OL Carson Green
  • OL Danny Isadora
  • OL Drake Jackson
  • OL Roderick Johnson
  • OL Cole Toner
  • OL Ryan McCollum
  • OL Jordan Steckler
  • OL Lane Taylor
  • DL Brandon Dunn
  • DL Jaleel Johnson
  • DL Derek Rivers
  • DT Auzoyah Alufohai
  • LB Tae Davis
  • LB Hardy Nickerson
  • LB Joe Thomas
  • DB Cornell Armstrong
  • DB Shyheim Carter
  • DB Rasul Douglas
  • DB Ka’dar Hollman
  • DB Jonathan Owens