Bubble Watch for Houston Texans Training Camp
Training camp is all about the unknown. It's all about the late-rounders, the undrafted and the ones who don't have a chance.
It's all about Arian Foster stepping up and showing the world that yes, he can be a starter in the NFL. That he can be a superstar, regardless of the fact that he wasn't drafted.
This is the time of the year where the underdogs get chances to make names for themselves. These underdogs find themselves on the roster bubble, where they must play extraordinarily well during training camp to be awarded a spot on the final roster.
Who's on the Houston Texans' bubble. Read on, and find out.
Analysis: Several months ago, A.J. Bouye was a no-name. A random cornerback who the Texans had the grace to invite to their rookie minicamp.
Well, it certainly wasn't a random invitation. Bouye immediately made his impact felt at minicamp, displaying stellar coverage on anyone he was lined up against.
Bouye continued this hot streak into OTAs, where veteran receivers struggled to separate from the undrafted rookie. Bouye looked like a five-year veteran, not a player who wasn't even supposed to make an NFL roster.
Bouye is officially on the Texans' bubble, and if he keep up his great play, he will certainly end up on the roster.
Analysis: Delano Johnson is the Texans' hidden gem.
He spent last year on the Texans' practice squad, and the team slowly fell in love with his athletic ability. The Texans recognized his potential, and now they really want to find a roster spot for him.
The problem, originally, was that Johnson played outside linebacker, a position that is now crowded on the Texans' roster. So, to find room for Johnson, they asked him to switch to defensive end.
He gladly accepted.
If Johnson can show he can transition smoothly to the defensive line, the Texans will certainly grant him a spot on the final roster.
Analysis: Chris Jones is the definition of a bubble player right now.
The sixth-round draft pick has a tough task ahead of him in making the Texans' final roster. The Texans will likely only keep two nose tackles on the roster, and with Earl Mitchell essentially already named the starter, that leaves only one spot left.
And unfortunately for Jones, Terrell McClain is the favorite to win the backup job.
Everyone knows Jones is a high-motor player, but he'll have to show something else in order to make the roster. McClain has experience, and the only way Jones will beat that out is by showing he has a capable skill set.
Jones' prospects are not looking good right now.
Analysis: The third-string tight end job is Ryan Griffin's to lose.
Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham are firmly ensconced in the No. 1 and No. 2 tight end slots, and Griffin, Phillip Supernaw and Jake Byrne will battle it out for the final slot.
Griffin has the advantage over the other two competitors; he was a draft pick.
Also, the three competing players don't have much of a discernible skill set. They all are solid blockers, they all have reliable hands and they are all not explosive.
If Griffin plays well during training camp, he will be rewarded with a roster slot.
Analysis: Cody White presents an intriguing scenario for the Texans.
The team now has a fairly deep offensive line in terms of depth, and due to the versatility of several linemen, the Texans may only have to keep eight linemen instead of nine.
If the Texans do settle on keeping nine linemen, though, White should be their guy.
He's a versatile player; he can play both guard and center, like Ben Jones. He's a solid blocker and would provide solid depth.