The Houston Texans have signed offensive lineman Greg Mancz to a two-year extension keeping him with the organization until 2020. Mancz has been an instrumental player in the offensive line especially for his play at center when Nick Martin was lost the past two seasons due to season-ending ankle injuries.
Considered one of the top center prospects heading into the 2015 NFL draft, Mancz injured his shoulder during a postseason all-star game. That injury caused Mancz to go undrafted and he landed with the Texans after the draft. Mancz worked at center and both guard positions throughout training camp and preseason games. He made the 53-man roster out of camp but was lost for the season. injuring his knee during practice and the team placed him on the injured reserve.
Mancz has appeared in 29 games, including 23 starts, since the Texans signed him as a college free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. Mancz, 26, played in 10 games last season with five starts at guard and two at center. In 2016, he started at center in all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests, making him the only Texans lineman to start every game of the year. Mancz (6-4, 310) is entering his fourth season with the Texans. He played four seasons (2011-14) at the University of Toledo (Ohio) and was named a second-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
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