Three out of the five positions are locked in. The whole left side is cemented.
On the right, two positions have starters currently in place, but that could change by the end of the summer.
The big questions are: Who will back up, and where? Will there be a backup center, guard and tackle, or will one player back up two positions?
Duane Brown (Left Tackle)
Wade Smith (Left Guard)
Chris Myers (Center)
Antoine Caldwell (Right Guard)
Rashad Butler (Right Tackle)
Shelley Smith (Guard/Center)
Derek Newton (Tackle)
Ben Jones (Center/Guard)
Nick Mondek, Nathan Menkin, Brandon Brooks, Cody White, Thomas Austin, Andrew Gardner
Kasey Studdard, longtime Texans workhorse lineman, has not been resigned.
Brandon Brooks signed. the last rookie to do so. Will probably have the bench slot assigned to Ben Jones. Jones will probably have Smith's spot. Smith, drafted 6th in 2012, is probably still practice squad eligible due to inactivity & placement on IR. If he plays well, he might still be the backup. If he plays poorly, he will probably be cut outright.
Player not originally listed currently on the roster: Cody Wallace
Kasey Studdard, signed during camp, released. 6th rounder Menkin waived. Newton seems to have won the starting job over Butler; Brooks appears to be backing up Caldwell.
Butler hurt. Menkin, White, Wallace released.
Shelley Smith waived. 1 spot open on practice squad, so if he clears waivers, he could make it there.
Prediction Success: Fair
I was right about Caldwell and Shelley Smith. Wrong about Butler, even before his injury. Brooks has struggled but obviously is still on the team. Gardner stayed on, possibly due to Butler's injury.