Could Texans D-Line Help Be on the Way?


HOUSTON - The Houston Texans claimed former Colts defensive tackle Eli Ankou off waivers last week. Monday, Houston activated him cutting running back C.J. Prosise. 

The Texans are fresh off an NFL Week 7 defensive performance that saw them get gashed through the air, after getting gashed on the ground against the Titans the previous week. Ankou figures to play into the defensive line rotation once he is up to speed. 

Ankou was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner Permission initially so he could pass his coronavirus testing. With his tests complete, he heads to the 53-man roster. 

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Ankou, 6-3 and 325, first was in the league in 2017 with the Texans after going undrafted out of UCLA. Later that season he would play in nine games with the Jaguars. He would play 11 games over the next two seasons with Jacksonville and Cleveland before he ended up on the Colts to start this season. 

Now 26, he didn't appear in any games for the Colts this season. He has 1.5 sacks in his career and 26 career tackles. 

Prosise, despite being active, saw limited running back reps. Limited reps overall really. He had just one carry for one yard this season for the Texans. 

If he can get up to speed, he could factor into the defensive line rotation for Houston. Brandon Dunn, rookie Ross Blacklock, Carlos Watkins, and P.J. Hall have all been at defensive tackle this season for the Texans. Even Charles Omenihu has bumped inside as well. 

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Ankou impressed in training camp for the Browns this season and even made the initial Cleveland roster before being waived. Houston has to figure out how to stop the run if they want to compete at all on defense.

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