State of the Texans: Houston Texans 53-Man Roster Prediction 1.0

Patrick D. Starr

The first preseason game is in the book, and now we look at the potential 53-man roster for the Houston Texans. The roster prediction will be our early prediction of the roster heading into the season.

We had a pre-training camp roster prediction but here is the first installment of the Texans 53-man roster.

Houston Texans 53-Man Roster Prediction 1.0

Quarterback (3)

  • Deshaun Watson
  • A.J. McCarron
  • Joe Webb III


This group had questions on where Joe Webb III fit but with the recent injury to A.J. McCarron. Webb now slides into an essential role as the primary back up for Deshaun Watson for the remainder of the preseason. With McCarron's thumb injury expected to keep him out of the rest of the preseason. The Texans will have to keep Webb in the quarterback room and away from special teams duties for the time being.

Running Back (5)

  • Lamar Miller
  • Duke Johnson
  • Cullen Gillaspia (R)
  • Damarea Crockett (R)
  • Taiwan Jones


The addition of Duke Johnson gives the Texans a reliable one-two option with him and Lamar Miller. Cullen Gillaspia fits into his role at fullback while Taiwan Jones will fill out the depth chart over Buddy Howell Jr. in the special team's position. Jones does a little more like a coverage player and also returns kicks, while Howell is mainly a coverage player and limited in the offense. The pleasant surprise is Damarea Crockett and what he has been able to do with his opportunities. Crockett is a tough runner and has the upside to be part of the offense in short-yardage situations and in later seasons.

Wide Receiver (5)

  • Deandre Hopkins
  • Will Fuller
  • Keke Coutee
  • DeAndre Carter
  • Tyron Johnson (R)


One of the more intriguing position groups due to the competition on the bottom part of it. The top three are set and with the injury to Keke Coutee, it is a firm reminder how DeAndre Carter fits into the offense, especially in the slot position. Rookie Tyron Johnson has too much upside as a player to not have on the 53-man roster, and he gets the nod over Vyncint Smith and Stephen Mitchell Jr. If the Texans opt to keep six receivers, Smith would be the option over Mitchell.

Tight End (3)

  • Jordan Thomas
  • Jordan Akins
  • Darren Fells


The Texans tight end group appears to more balanced than previous seasons. It has the Y (blocking) option in Darren Fells, the U (combo) Jordon Thomas and the F (primary receiving with little blocking) in Jordan Akins. The offense finally has a group the fills all three roles well and gives the offense real options. The most significant omission is third-round rookie Kahale Warring. His hamstring injury has taken him off the field too much and limited to a few practices, and he is not expected back any time soon. The Texans could pull the red-shirt place him on injured reserve ending his rookie season before it starts with the focus on getting him in a better position to succeed in 2020.

Offensive Line (9)

  • OT-Julién Davenport
  • OT- Seantrel Henderson
  • OT-Matt Kalil
  • OG/OT-Tytus Howard (R)
  • OG/OT-Max Scharping (R)
  • OG/C-Zach Fulton
  • OG/C-Greg Mancz
  • OG-Martinas Rankin
  • C-Nick Martin


The group is much more athletic than last season, and it starts in the interior. Rookies Tytus Howard and Max Scharping make them better on the inside. Zach Fulton has become an essential player in the scheme of things with the injuries to both Nick Martin and Greg Mancz. Fulton has worked at both at guard and center and is now Deshaun Watson's primary center.

There is still a problem spot at left tackle with Matt Kalil and if he can bounce back from an up and down training camp. Seantrel Henderson has been steady at right tackle while Julién Davenport is looking like he has the swing tackle position locked up. Unless something changes the next three weeks, this appears the group heading into the season.

Specialty (3)

  • LS Jon Weeks
  • P Trevor Daniel
  • K Ka'imi Fairbairn


The group is the same as last season. Trevor Daniel has been the better punter through camp over Bryan Anger.

Defensive Line (6)

  • D.J. Reader
  • Angelo Blackson
  • Brandon Dunn
  • Charles Omenihu (R)
  • Carlos Watkins
  • Joel Heath


The Texans boast two of their best tandem run stoppers in D.J. Reader and Brandon Dunn in recent seasons. Angelo Blackson has responded to inking his free-agent deal with a solid camp showing up against the run and pass. Joel Heath is finally healthy after battling a knee issue the past two seasons and Carlos Watkins is in line to fill into the defensive line rotation.

Rookie Charles Omenihu is trying to establish himself as a pass rusher first for the defense. There is plenty of run support for the defense. They desperately need Omenihu to be the spark on the interior to heat up the quarterback.

Edge/Outside Linebacker (4)

  • J.J. Watt
  • Jadeveon Clowney
  • Whitney Mercilus
  • Brennan Scarlett


The Texans have an ever-changing defensive front, and with the way, the defense wants to play. They play very little true base 3-4 defense and being in nickel and dime do much with four-man fronts, they have a chance to use real ends. The edge players the Texans are bringing are the same as it has been for the past few seasons. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will be the primary edge rushers for the season. Whitney Mercilus will get more of a chance early until Clowney is ready and Brennan Scarlett will be the first man up to give others a break. Omenihu can also fall into this category if needed.

Inside Linebacker (5)

  • Benardrick McKinney
  • Zach Cunningham
  • Dylan Cole
  • Peter Kalambayi
  • Tyrell Adams


One of the strong groups for the Texans and it starts with their top three in Benardrick McKinney, Zach Cunningham, and Dylan Cole. Peter Kalambayi is solid on special teams and is continuing to learn the position. Tyrell Adams is the special team's option for the position group.

Cornerback (6)

  • Johnathan Joseph
  • Bradley Roby
  • Lonnie Johnson, Jr. (R)
  • Aaron Colvin
  • Johnson Bademosi
  • Briean Boddy-Calhoun


A much more athletic group than last season with the starters in Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby, while Aaron Colvin will be the starting nickel. Lonnie Johnson Jr. will be filling in accordingly while Briean Boddy-Calhoun will be the backup nickel to Colvin. Johnson Bademosi is one of the Texans top special teams players on the roster and emergency cornerback.

Safety (4)

  • Justin Reid
  • Tashaun Gipson
  • Jahleel Addae
  • A.J. Moore


A solid safety group with starters Justin Reid and Tashaun Gipson while Jahleel Addae filling in the third safety role. Addae has had a strong camp and is more of the dirty work safety of the group. The biggest surprise has been A.J. Moore, and he has been one of the top players in camp. He was a special team player last season, but his emergence as a safety gives the Texans hope he can be something at the position for the future.

First Five Out

  1. WR Vyncint Smith- If the Texans take six wide receivers, he is in.
  2. OL Senio Kelemete- The offensive line group is taking shape and if Kelemete wants to win a spot. He is going to have to beat out Martinas Rankin.
  3. OT Roderick Johnson- The Texans keep trying to find out if he has enough to play on Sundays. They have been giving him looks at left tackle. He has three weeks to impress.
  4. RB Karan Higdon Jr.- Higdon has to catch Taiwan Jones. It is hard to think that O'Brien will take two rookie running backs to the season.
  5. OLB Davin Bellamy- Texans need pass-rushing help, and Bellamy has flashes of being that player. He has to be more consistent to find his way to the 53.

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Comments (6)
No. 1-4

What about Xavier as an ILB over Tyrell Adams , also what about the other CB Xavier , can't believe we waste drat picks he must not be working out at all !

Patrick D. Starr
Patrick D. Starr


@SittingBull Colvin is not on the bubble.


Taiwan Jones equals fumble, also KeKe terrible first game his own mistakes lead to his injury, Aron Colvin is on the CB bubble may not make it and is replaceable , hate to not see the TE on IR, all year that would be disappointing, and at QB, if Jordan has a good Preseason could he take a spot !


Karan Higdon has way more juice in his runs than Taiwan Jones... if you don't count special team abilities, Higdon is in.