The tight end position is one of the deepest the Texans have going into the 2010 season.
Owen Daniels returns from a season ending knee injury from mid way throughout the 2009 season. He will be the starter at tight end.
The team drafted rookie Garrett Graham from Owen Daniels alma mater Wisconsin. Graham a fourth round pick, excelled so far in OTAs, and has a high probability of making this team. He has yet to sign.
Last year, when Daniels went down, Joel Dreessen stepped up and filled the gap. Not as dynamic in the passing game as Daniels, Dreessen benefited from all the extra playing time he received in Daniels' absence. Despite Dreessen improvement in 2009 he could be fighting for a spot on the roster once training camp starts.
As well as Dreesseen sophomore from rice James Casey spent more time then he would have in the wake of Daniels' injury. Casey also stood out on special teams, and is a favorite of owner Bob McNair. However, on a team heavy in the tight end department Casey is defiantly on the fringe.
Daniels, Dreessen, Casey, and Graham are the most probable tight ends to make the roster at the end of training camp.
Now who is likely to be released: Sophomore Anthony Hill who spent most the 2009 season injured, and free agent Derek Fine. Fine was signed in the offseason to fill the void while the starts recovered during mini camps, and OTAs.
With the departure of Hill and Fine the roster is now down to 77.