Key Offensive Playmaker Set to Return For Texans
Anthony R Wood
The Houston Texans made two roster moves on Tuesday, re-signing running back C.J. Prosise to the practice squad and releasing tight end Troy Fumagalli in a corresponding shuffle. A yawn-inducing move on the surface, this could be a sign that one key Texan is set to return.
Tight end Jordan Akins has been inactive the past three weeks, listed with both an ankle issue and a concussion. Dropping Fumagalli would suggest that, as interim head coach Romeo Crennel stated on Monday, they are confident that Akins will be back sooner rather than later
"I’m hoping that he’ll be back," said Crennel. "They’ve been working with him and he’s been working and rehabbing, trying to improve so that he can be back. I think the trainers will let us know this week to see how he’s coming along. I anticipate that he’ll be back after the bye."
A key member of this offense when healthy, Akins has been exceptional for the Texans in gaining yardage after the catch. In fact, the former third-round pick still ranks fifth on the roster in receiving yards despite only having started two games.
Formerly a third-round pick in the MLB draft with the Texas Rangers, the athletic Akins would be a welcome sight for quarterback Deshaun Watson after the club's Week 7 bye.
With one tight end seemingly on the brink of a return, the question of 'When will fellow tight end Kahale Warring return?' must be asked.
After spending his rookie year on injured reserve, Warring made his long-awaited debut in Week 1 of this season, before immediately returning to injured reserve.
A big-bodied receiver with exceptional athleticism, Warring was an intriguing prospect coming out of San Diego State but has yet to play a single snap for Houston's offense. Amid rumors of him being trade bait, the Texans need to sort through the tight end room to find solutions - and the solutions do seem to be somewhere in there.