CBS Houston – As an undrafted rookie linebacker, making the Houston Texans opening day 53 roster seems almost like an insurmountable task. The Texans last year kept between eight to nine linebackers, this year Eric Lee is among a group of about nine linebackers fighting for two to three spots.
During the team’s first preseason game, Lee made plays all over the field and was a cog in helping the team seal their win over the San Francisco 49ers. In the game, he made three tackles including a sack and a tackle for a loss.
“He did a pretty good job,” Brian Cushing said of Lee’s game Sunday, “he did some good things, he did some bad things like every rookie, made some plays and played hard.”
He certainly didn’t hurt his case with the strong showing against the 49ers. Lee is also showing during practices, each day you can see linebackers coach Mike Vrabel working with the young rookie from South Florida as the Texans try to get the most out of him.
“He’s doing a good job,” Cushing said of Lee’s camp, “I’m looking forward to watching him every single day, I think he’s doing a good job, he’s an exciting player, big strong physical kid who’s improving.”
In an NFL camp you don’t want to have many steps backwards, so seeing Lee continue to trend upwards can only mean good things for the undrafted rookie.
Last year with HBO’s “Hard Knocks” showcasing the Texans training camp, fans got an inside look at what goes through the mind of players/coaches/management when factoring into the final game day roster.
While making the team will be one of the tougher things, Lee has done in his life. The Texans track record has been to bring back the guys that they have liked.
Kourtnei Brown was another linebacker in the same position as Lee last year, and he’s a prime example of a guy who was one of the last cuts but still ended up finding his way back to the team.
Lee after a great first preseason game is no doubt is starting to make a case to see what he can do against some tougher competition and see if maybe he does deserve a spot on the final gameday roster.
“I still feel like there are a lot of fundamental things that I need to work on,” Eric Lee said when asked about his game on Sunday.
If he’s right and the 49ers game is only a small taste of what he can bring to the team, he might be a guy that will start really putting some heat on the linebackers in front of him.
On the Texans, unofficial depth chart Lee is listed as a fourth-teamer, but another strong game and more strong practices he could start taking snaps from third and second-teamers.