Houston Texans: Last-Minute Free Agents Texans Should Sign

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Houston Texans: Last-Minute Free Agents Texans Should Sign

Following a day full of tough choices and roster-trimming comes a week full of opportunity. Management and coaches will have the opportunity to scour the waiver wire in an attempt to find the best players available for their teams.

Players who so suddenly found themselves without a team and a job will now have the chance to rejoin an NFL franchise.

The Houston Texans, who have weak depth at several positions, should be scouring the waiver wire to improve an already terrific roster.

Since Rashad Butler suffered a second consecutive torn triceps injury that will keep him out for the whole season, the Texans have extremely weak depth at the offensive tackle position. They must, I repeat must, bring in a tackle who can be a quality backup in their zone-blocking scheme.

How are another team's scrubs going to help out the Texans' offensive line, you ask?

Well, the zone-blocking scheme that the Texans utilize in the running game allows for linemen who would otherwise struggle elsewhere to greatly succeed. Chris Myers, arguably one of the best players on the line, was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 2005.

The reason for this was because he did not have the physical tools that are required of most centers and offensive linemen. Since he was traded to the Texans in 2008 for a sixth-round draft pick, his career has skyrocketed and now he is considered one of the best centers in the NFL. 

This is not because the training staff in Houston allowed for him to dramatically increase his athleticism. No, it is because athleticism is not as necessary in a zone-blocking scheme as it is around the league.

Here are the 10 players (tackles, and maybe a tight end or safety) that the Texans must attempt to bring onto their team. 

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