Houston Texans Promote Quarterback Alex McGough to the 53-Man Roster
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans have moved quarterback Alex McGough to the 53-man roster for week two. McGough spent the 2019 preseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their third-string quarterback but the Texans were able to get him prior to the start of the season on the practice squad.
The Jaguars were interested in bringing back McGough back to Jacksonville after the injury to Nick Foles but the Texans made the commitment to McGough to move him to the 53-man roster immediately.
The Texans were competing against numerous teams for McGough services and upgraded his pay for the practice squad. McGough will make over $20,000 a week on the practice squad compared to the minimum $8,000 a week required by the collective bargaining agreement.
McGough was drafted in the 7th round in the 2018 NFL Draft out of FIU by the Seattle Seahawks. He spent time on the Seahawks practice squad his rookie season before ending up in Jacksonville.
The Texans were interested in signing a quarterback after Joe Webb III's ankle injury he suffered in the final preseason game. Now McGough will be the Texans third string quarterback behind Deshaun Watson and A.J. McCarron. With the move to the 53-man roster, it is a clear indication that the Texans feel McGough is a quarterback they can develop for the future.
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