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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / State Of The League: Houston Texans

State Of The League: Houston Texans

A first Look at the 2021 Houston Texans!
Publish Date: 08/13/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 14: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Houston Texans stands under center in the first half against the Green Bay Packers during the preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! Here, we take a look at the rebuilding Houston Texans!

Houston Texans Preseason Projected Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup
QB Tyrod Taylor Davis Mills*
RB1 Phillip Lindsay Mark Ingram
RB2 David Johnson Rex Burkhead
WR1 Brandin Cooks Keke Coutee
WR2 Nico Collins Chris Conley
WR3 Anthony Miller Andre Roberts
TE1 Jordan Akins Kahale Warring
TE2 Brevin Jordan Pharaoh Brown
LT Laremy Tunsil Roderick Johnson
LG Tytus Howard Justin McCray
C Justin Britt Cole Toner
RG Max Scharping Lane Taylor
RT Marcus Cannon Charlie Heck
EDGE Whitney Mercilus Jordan Jenkins
DE Charles Omenihu DeMarcus Walker
DT Ross Blacklock Roy Lopez
DT Maliek Collins Vincent Taylor
EDGE Shaq Lawson Jonathan Greenard
LB Zach Cunningham Kamu Grugier-Hill
LB Christian Kirksey Neville Hewitt
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Garret Wallow
CB1 Bradley Roby Vernon Hargreaves
CB2 Terrance Mitchell John Reid
CB3 Desmond King II Tavierre Thomas
S Justin Reid Eric Murray
S Lonnie Johnson Jr. Terrence Brooks
K Ka’imi Fairbairn
P Cameron Johnston
LS Jon Weeks
KR Andre Roberts Keke Coutee
PR Andre Roberts Keke Coutee

*BOLD player name = Rookie*


Houston Texans 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 3 (67th overall): QB Davis Mills, Stanford

Round 3 (89th): WR Nico Collins, Michigan

Round 5 (147th): TE Brevin Jordan, Miami

Round 5 (170th): LB Garret Wallow, TCU

Round 6 (195th): IDL Roy Lopez, Arizona


Houston Texans Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Duke Johnson RB 28 HOU Released
Gareon Conley CB 26 HOU
Dylan Cole ILB 27 HOU
Michael Thomas FS 31 HOU
Phillip Gaines CB 30 HOU
Kyle Emanuel OLB 30 HOU
Eddie Vanderdoes DT 27 HOU Released
Kingsley Opara DT 27 HOU
Brandon Williams CB 29 HOU
Josh McCown QB 42 HOU Released
Curtis Bolton LB 26 HOU
P.J. Hall DT 26 HOU Released
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Acquired via
Tyrod Taylor QB 32 LAC HOU Free Agency
Jeff Driskel QB 28 DEN HOU Free Agency
Mark Ingram RB 32 BAL HOU Free Agency
Phillip Lindsay RB 27 DEN HOU Free Agency
Chris Conley WR 29 JAX HOU Free Agency
Anthony Miller WR 26 CHI HOU Trade
Andre Roberts WR 33 BUF HOU Free Agency
Chris Moore WR 28 BAL HOU Free Agency
Alex Erickson WR 29 CIN HOU Free Agency
Taywan Taylor WR 26 CLE HOU Free Agency
Ryan Izzo TE 25 NE HOU Trade
Antony Auclair TE 28 TB HOU Free Agency
Marcus Cannon RT 33 NE HOU Trade
Lane Taylor G 32 GB HOU Free Agency
Cole Toner G/C 27 LAC HOU Free Agency
Justin McCray G 29 ATL HOU Free Agency
Danny Isidora G 27 PIT HOU Free Agency
Maliek Collins DT 26 LV HOU Free Agency
Jaleel Johnson DT 27 MIN HOU Free Agency
Vincent Taylor DT 27 CLE HOU Free Agency
DeMarcus Walker DE 27 DEN HOU Free Agency
Shaq Lawson EDGE 27 MIA HOU Trade
Jordan Jenkins EDGE 27 NYJ HOU Free Agency
Derek Rivers EDGE 27 LAR HOU Free Agency
Christian Kirksey LB 29 GB HOU Free Agency
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB 30 WSH HOU Free Agency
Kamu Grugier-Hill LB 27 MIA HOU Free Agency
Neville Hewitt LB 28 NYJ HOU Free Agency
Joe Thomas LB 30 DAL HOU Free Agency
Tae Davis LB 25 CLE HOU Free Agency
Terrance Mitchell CB 29 CLE HOU Free Agency
Desmond King CB 27 TEN HOU Free Agency
Tavierre Thomas CB 25 CLE HOU Free Agency
Tremon Smith CB 25 IND HOU Free Agency
Terrence Brooks S 29 NE HOU Free Agency
Cameron Johnston P 29 PHI HOU Free Agency
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Departed via
J.J. Watt DE 32 HOU ARZ Released
Benardrick McKinney ILB 29 HOU MIA Trade
Will Fuller WR 27 HOU MIA Free Agency
Randall Cobb WR 30 HOU GB Trade
Nick Martin C 28 HOU LV Released
Brennan Scarlett OLB 28 HOU MIA Free Agency
Carlos Watkins DE 28 HOU DAL Free Agency
Cullen Gillaspia FB 26 HOU NYG Released
Zach Fulton G 30 HOU NYG Released
Tyrell Adams OLB 29 HOU BUF Free Agency
Bryan Anger P 33 HOU DAL Free Agency
Chad Hansen WR 26 HOU DET Free Agency
Darren Fells TE 35 HOU DET Free Agency
Tyler Simmons WR 24 HOU PIT Free Agency
A.J. McCarron QB 31 HOU ATL Free Agency
J’Mon Moore WR 26 HOU ATL Free Agency
Senio Kelemete G 31 HOU SF Released
Brent Qvale RT 30 HOU TEN Free Agency
Peter Kalambayi OLB 26 HOU DEN Free Agency
Mark Fields CB 25 HOU SF Released
Ryan Finley QB 26 HOU Waivers
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Vernon Hargreaves CB 26 HOU HOU
Pharaoh Brown TE 27 HOU HOU
Dontrell Hilliard RB 26 HOU HOU
Roderick Johnson T 26 HOU HOU
Cornell Armstrong CB 26 HOU HOU
A.J. Moore S 26 HOU HOU
Jon Weeks LS 35 HOU HOU
Auzoyah Alufohai DT 25 HOU HOU
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