Texans 53 Man Roster, Early Bird Edition

Patrick D. Starr

It is far out but we are looking at what a possible 53 man roster can look like for the Houston Texans coming out of training camp. There will be injuries, roster movement and other factors that go into decisions concerning the roster. One big factor is not knowing what Head Coach Bill O'Brien is thinking in terms of how he is going to construct his roster, as in how many of each skill group he will keep and what Romeo Crennel will want personnel wise for his defense.

Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston)  and Tania Ganguli (ESPN)  both gave their early 53 man rosters so we decided to join in on the fun.


Fitzpatrick (14), Savage (3), Keenum (7)
Fitzpatrick (14), Savage (3), Keenum (7)


1. Ryan Fitzpatrick

2. Tom Savage

3. Case Keenum

We can see why three quarterbacks will be needed during the season, but the Texans have the option to send Keenum to the practice squad, if necessary.


If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine regular season games.

Keenum has one complete season in the NFL with eight games played on the 45 man game day roster. So there are options to open up another roster spot, if necessary. The Keenum possible roster spot is a concern and works with the offensive line analysis. (See below)

Running Backs

4. Arian Foster

5. Alfred Blue

6. Jonathan Grimes / Andre Brown

7. Jay Prosch

The position battle we will be watching is what happens with Andre Brown coming out of training camp. If Alfred Blue can produce enough to be more than a filler, he could be the #2 back coming out of camp which leads us to the last spot between Brown and Johnathan Grimes. If it comes to value on the team in being versatile, Grimes has the edge. Grimes can catch and run the football and, most importantly, produce on special teams.

Texans Wide Receivers. Thomas (89), Posey (11), Hopkins (10), Martin (82), Bonner (16)
Texans Wide Receivers. Thomas (89), Posey (11), Hopkins (10), Martin (82), Bonner (16)

Wide Receivers

8. Andre Johnson

9. DeAndre Hopkins

10. DeVier Posey

11. Mike Thomas

12. Alan Bonner

The most notable exception to the group is Keshawn Martin and his future will depend on what happens with Andre Johnson. If Martin stays with the Texans, he will have to beat out Thomas or Bonner for one of the slot wide receiver positions. All three play slot and return punts and kickoffs, which will be "may the best man win" scenario. One name to watch for the wide receiver group is Alec Lemon who is a precise route runner and solid hand guys, a possession wide receiver that the offense could use.

Tight Ends

13. Garrett Graham

14. Ryan Griffin

15. C.J. Fiedorowicz

This group has become very versatile over a season and all three bring something different to the team. In a pinch, rookie fullback Jay Prosch can help at H-Back to give Graham a chance to move outside as a wide receiver. There are so many possibilities with this position which gives the offense the ability to run or throw from formations.

Offensive Line

Duane Brown
Duane Brown

16. Duane Brown (OT)

17. Derek Newton (OT)

18. Will Yeatman (OT)

19. Xavier Su'a-Filo (OG)

20. Brandon Brooks (OG)

21. Cody White (OG, C)

22. Ben Jones (OG,C)

23.Chris Myers (C) 

A big concern still is the offensive tackle position and with some question marks with Derek Newton and Will Yeatman coming off an injury it is something to watch. Keenum's roster spot becomes important and having enough offensive linemen week to week is important among other reasons. Having four offensive tackles seems like a necessity so having another veteran come in is a possibility, and if Brennan Williams gets healthy in time there is a chance they can depend on an in-house player.


Jerrell Powe (95) and Ricardo Mathews (94)
Jerrell Powe (95) and Ricardo Mathews (94)

Defensive Line

24. J.J. Watt

25. Jared Crick

26. Louis Nix III

27. Jerrell Powe

28. Ricardo Mathews

29. Jeoffery Pagan

This group has gotten much bigger in a season and the ability to plug gaps is the new mentality. Many are not as high on Ricardo Mathews as we are, but he should be here when week one kicks off. The health of Jeoffery Pagan is the other factor for this team and if he can get healthy in time from his shoulder issue he should be a rotational player.

Brooks Reed
Brooks Reed

Outside Linebacker

30. Jadeveon Clowney

31. Ricky Sapp

32. Whitney Mercilus

33. Brooks Reed

We moved Brooks Reed back to the outside linebacker with the recent addition of Akeem Dent. The outside linebackers look much more complete with Reed able to help outside in base defensive situations, but he could be a rotational piece when the Texans go to nickel and dime packages.

Max Bullough
Max Bullough

Inside Linebackers

34. Brian Cushing

35. Akeem Dent

36. Justin Tuggle

37. Jeff Tarpinian

38. Max Bullough

Akeem Dent makes the linebacker depth more acceptable now and gives the Texans a better look heading into training camp. Dent has a real possibility to open up week one as the team's starter and is an underrated player in coverage. Justin Tuggle, Jeff Tarpinian and Max Bullough can all be spot fillers when needed, but most importantly key special teams players.

Kareem Jackson
Kareem Jackson


39. Johnathan Joseph

40. Kareem Jackson

41. Brandon Harris

42. A.J. Bouye

43. Elbert Mack

44. Andre Hal

This group right now is pretty fluid barring injury.

D.J. Swearinger
D.J. Swearinger


45. D.J. Swearinger

46. Kendrick Lewis

47. Chris Clemons

48. Shiloh Keo

49. Lonnie Ballentine

The Texans have to be careful here in the sense to not leave themselves thin if an injury hits and give them room for their developmental safety in Lonnie Ballentine. Shiloh Keo will be in competition with Eddie Pleasant for one of the safety spots, but Keo is much more of a factor on special teams than Pleasant. Defensively, they are very comparable but finding their value to the team will be key.

Tim Jamison
Tim Jamison

Defensive Spot

50. Josh Victorian/ Jason Ankrah/ Tim Jamison

This is a wild card spot to us and we could see all three being on the team if the following happens.

Josh Victorian (Cornerback) taking over Andre Hal or Elbert Mack during camp.

Jason Ankrah (Outside Linebacker) the rookie could find a spot as the 4th OLB if Brooks Reed is left on the inside and Max Bullough does not produce during camp.

Tim Jamsion (Defensive End) if Jeoffery Pagan does not get healthy in time for the season.


51. Jon Weeks

52. Randy Bullock

53. Shane Lechler

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