Sources: Texans signing Darius Anderson, others to reserve-future deals


The Texans are signing former TCU and George Ranch standout running back Darius Anderson to a reserve-future deal, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

Anderson was on the Texans' practice squad.

Anderson went undrafted out of TCU after playing in the Senior Bowl all-star game.

Cut by the Dallas Cowboys, Anderson was on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad and was elevated to the active roster twice. He signed a reserve-future deal with the Colts, but was cut Aug. 17.

At TCU, he rushed for 823 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, 598 yards as a junior and 768 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.

He played high school football at George Ranch, winning a Class 5A state championship as a senior and rushed for 2,274 yards and 30 touchdowns.

He chose TCU over scholarship offers from Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M.

The Texans also signed linebacker Josh Watson to a reserve-future deal, per a league source.

Watson was on the Texans' practice squad this season.

Watson has also played for the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers.

The Texans are also signing former New York Jets defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour to a reserve-future deal, per a league source.

A former undrafted free agent from Rutgers, Dwumfour played well since joining the Texans, recording a half-sack and a tackle for a loss.

The Texans are signing former Jacksonville Jaguars sixth-round wide receiver Jalen Camp to a reserve-future deal, per a league source.

Camp played collegiately at Georgia Tech and is a bigger wide receiver at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds.

The Texans are signing defensive back T.J. Green to a reserve-future deal, per a league source.

Green (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) is a former Indianapolis Colts second-round draft pick from Clemson where he switched from wide receiver to the secondary. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.

Green has also played for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons.

He has played in 40 games with a dozen starts and has 102 career tackles, five for losses, including 12 tackles this year in six games and one start for Atlanta.

The Texans cut undrafted rookie wide The Texans are signing wide receiver Damon Hazelton to a reserve-future deal.

Hazelton was originally signed by the Texans in May and then released by them in August when the team signed running back Darius Jackson. Hazelton subsequently signed with the Green Bay Packers in August and then joined the Texans' practice squad.

Hazelton (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) played at Missouri, catching 30 passes for 397 yards and one touchdown.

A graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, Hazelton was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection for the Hokies with eight touchdowns in 2019 on 31 receptions for 527 yards.

He had 51 receptions for 802 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Texans are signing linebacker Connor Strachan and defensive end Demone Harris to reserve-future deals, per league sources.

Strachan went undrafted out of Boston College. Harris has previously played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going undrafted out of Buffalo.

The Texans are expected to sign veteran cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc to a reserve-future deal, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

LeBlanc, 27, is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound former New England Patriots undrafted free agent from Florida Atlantic who has also played for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. LeBlanc has 118 career tackles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two sacks with one defensive touchdown.

He was originally signed to the practice squad by the Texans in September and promoted to the active roster on Oct. 29.

The Texans are signing fullback Paul Quessenberry to a reserve-future deal, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

The brother of former Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, a cancer survivor, Paul Quessenberry served five years in the Marine Corps where he served as a rifle platoon and weapons platoon commander and was a deputy director of the 1st Marine Division school

Quessenberry provided a physical presence as a lead blocker at the fullback position during the preseason.

“He's done a good job being physical," Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said. "He's done everything we've asked. He's smart, he works his butt off, and we're pleased with Paul. He's done a really good job for us.”

The Texans are signing rookie offensive guard Sam Cooper to a reserve-future deal, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

An undrafted free agent from Merrimack College who was previously with the Baltimore Ravens, Cooper has worked out previously for the Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Tutored before the draft by former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, Cooper has dedicated his career to his late brother, Hassan, and made him a promise on his deathbed after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer that he would become a professional athlete one day.

“It was such a sad, horrible time because his body was literally being eaten away,” Cooper said in an interview days prior to the draft. “My brother loved sports so much. I told him I would be a professional athlete one day. I had no idea what sport it would be, or that I would become this big football player. Ever since the day he died, I’ve been determined to fulfill our dream.

“It’s like we’re still doing it together as one, as a family. I’m excited because this is something I’ve been wishing for and praying for ever since I told my brother this is what was going to happen. It’s a blessing to know this is going to come to fruition.”

Born in Nigeria one year after his family moved from Liberia to escape a civil war, Cooper and his siblings moved to Pennsylvania later with their mother while his father attended to his aviation business in Africa. Cooper's father was murdered three years after Hassan died. The crime was never solved.

“When my dad died, that was the most horrible time of my life,” Cooper said. “My dad was really successful. He was making so much money in the pilot business and grudges were built from jealous people. It was a really dark time and it made me so angry. I still see red sometimes thinking about it. The last time I spoke with him before he was killed, it was very similar to what I told my brother when he died. We were eating rice and African soup and my dad asked me would I take over the family business, the aviation business. And I told him what I told my brother, that I’m going to be a professional athlete.

“My faith is huge. I’ve always said, ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’ Everything I do is because of him. I always say, ‘Don’t ask for an easy life.’ I’m not sad. I’m not ashamed. I’m thankful. Everything has been a blessing. Everything I’ve been through built calluses into my brain to make me stronger for now and for the future for when I have kids. God plays a huge role. Dark times have given me even more motivation to achieve my dreams and fulfill my promises to my family.”

The Texans signed offensive guard Jake Eldrenkamp to a reserve-future deal, according to a league source.

Eldrenkamp went undrafted out of Washington.

He has also played for the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

The Texans signed former Northern Illinois offensive lineman Jordan Steckler to a reserve-future deal, according to his agent, Brett Tessler.

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