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Houston Texans Preseason Week 2 Yearbook AwardsThe Texans looked pretty good Saturday night. Sure, it was only a pre-season game -- an utterly meaningless endeavor to the outside world. It probably doesn’t predict much about the future, but it matters intensely to those of us in the thick of it. It’s exactly like high school. So in the spirit of high school, here are the Preseason Week 2 Superlatives.
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Cecil Shorts III: Making Or Missing The CutDeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong are the epitome of a cinch. These four horsemen will certainly be hauling in passes from the Texans 72 million dollar man. That leaves six hopefuls vying for one seat. Among those, in this crab in a barrel race to the top, is Cecil Shorts the elder of ten receivers on the Texans roster.
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Christian Covington: Making Or Missing The CutWhen the Texans drafted Christian Covington last year, my first thought was that he didn’t quite fit the mold of a 3-4 defensive lineman. At the time, he was 6’2”, 289 lbs. That’s a sturdy human being, but it’s not quite heavy enough to be a 3-4 nose tackle, and not quite tall enough to be a 3-4 defensive end. He looked a whole lot like a 4-3 defensive tackle.
Greg Mancz: Making Or Missing The CutAfter the season, one in which the Texans did a lot of mixing and matching in the offensive line, the team drafted center Nick Martin in the second round and signed or re-signed a total of nine offensive lineman. Mancz has practically no chance to beat out Martin for the starting job, but he did earn the start in the preseason opener at San Francisco while Martin stayed behind in Houston with a tight back, an indication that Mancz has had a solid off-season and training camp and has recovered from the knee injury.
Max Bullough: Making Or Missing The CutHe is undersized for the position but his instincts and high motor are his distinguishing characteristics. The Texans are very good at developing players (ie. Whitney Mercilus, Derek Newton and Andre Hal) and they clearly see Max as a guy worth developing.
Jay Prosch: Making Or Missing The CutAfter being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Prosch was believed to embody the toughness that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien would be looking for in his first Texans’ offense, old school and blue collar. Along the way, O’Brien and offensive coordinator George Godsey even tried to convince us at various times that Prosch is something he clearly isn’t, lining him up on occasion as a single setback or splitting him out wide, an odd concession of playing 10-on-11 if there ever was one.
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Brandon Dunn: Missing Or Making The CutBrandon Dunn is going to make the Texans. I know this for sure. His path to the Texans 53-man roster certainly hasn't been easy and there has been a little luck along the way, but now skill will push the 23-year-old onto the roster.