With training camp just weeks away my mind has started to wonder about the players sitting on the "cut bubble" if you will on the Houston Texans roster.
With more roster turnover than usual—the team only re-signed one of its own free agents—and new coordinators on both sides of the ball, the Texans' deck of cards will be well-shuffled in comparison to who made the final 53 last year.
Obvious disclaimer: The preseason hasn't even started yet, so these predictions are based off very early results. Until the pads are put on during training camp and the preseason, most competitions—except at quarterback and right tackle—will remain up in the air.
I do however believe we have enough information available from performances in previous seasons, how they've played so far during the offseason practices and with what we know of the coaches' preferences and requirements for each position to make an educated guess.
I will be basing my predictions for the last five in and off the roster after the final cut day off those criteria—how well do the players fit, how well have they performed during offseason practices and how well they produced in previous seasons.
The decision will be weighted toward their fit and their play this offseason because I don't believe coach Bill O'Brien cares at all about how they played under a different system.
Without further delay, here are the players I expect to barely make and just miss making the 53-man roster.