Player Profile: Jeff Maehl, Activated From Practice Sqaud
Patrick D. Starr
On Tuesday, the Houston Texans activated rookie wide receiver Jeff Maehl from the practice squad to take the roster spot of recently released Derrick Mason on the active roster.
Maehl came to Houston as an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Oregon. He played in the national championship game in 2010, when the Ducks lost to the Auburn Tigers. Maehl his senior season at Oregon posted some impressive numbers, with 77 receptions, 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was awarded the team's Cargill Award that marks the impact player for the 2010 Ducks season.
He hails from Paradise, California and was projected to be a late round pick by experts. At 6'1" and 190 lbs. he turned some heads when he ran the fastest time in 6 years at the 2010 NFL combine in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.42 seconds. Despite his good testing numbers, he went undrafted and was selected in the 2011 UFL draft by the Virginia Destroyers.
Maehl was picked up before camp by the Texans and was in a crowded receiver picture. At the end of the preseason he was cut, but was quickly signed to the practice squad. He has been with on the practice sqaud since the beginning of the season. Maehl marks the 3rd undrafted rookie to make their NFL debut with the Texans in 2011, joining Bryan Braman and Mister Alexander.
With Maehl joining the active roster the Texans brought back Juaquin Iglesias to the practice squad. Iglesis was released from the practice squad earlier this season.