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Texans Notebook: Jay Cuter to Houston? + Tracking the Texans on Their Path to the Draft
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Texans Notebook: Jay Cutler to Houston and tracking the Texans.
The quarterback carousel continues to spin across the NFL and now another team has checked that box off with the New York Jets signing veteran Josh McCown to a one-year deal. One name that was potentially tagged to the Jets was that of veteran Jay Cutler.
With the Jets off the table with the arrival of McCown, eyes turned to the Houston Texans as a potential destination for Cutler. That is far from accurate, with the Texans seemingly not having any interest in the former Chicago signal caller at this current time.
The Texans continue to stand pat and potentially wait for the Dallas Cowboys to pull the plug on the Tony Romo era. The organization plans to place a phone call to Romo, when and if that time comes, to discuss a new home in Houston for the 2017 season. The Texans will not discuss Romo due to his contract status with Dallas and Houston will continue to play coy until the time is right.
The Texans have also backed Tom Savage this off-season as a realistic option to lead the team in 2017. That should be the stance for the organization, especially with only two quarterbacks on the roster in Savage and Brandon Weeden.
The Texans are trying to stay away from the game plan of years past when they gave short deals for unproven quantities in Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, and Brock Osweiler. The Texans are willing to take a chance on a proven upgrade like Romo but are now past the true stop gap and will either go with a proven quarterback who has shown an ability to play at a top end level or put their faith in Savage, a player in whom they have invested a significant amount of time.
TRACKING THE TEXANS
It is that time of year where the Texans continue to check on prospects heading to the NFL Draft. Taking in pro days and setting up visits, the team has done an exceptional job of keeping a majority of the prospects they have talked to quiet and have been discreet with their pre-draft visits as well.
State of the Texans has tracked down the names of a few players who the Texans have kept an early eye on.
One name that was missed at the NFL Combine was inside linebacker Zach Cunningham from Vanderbilt. The Texans used one of their interviews on Cunningham at the Combine, which is something to watch especially sitting at #25 in the first round.
Cunningham is a gifted player and is considered a 3-down linebacker by many. More suited for a 4-3 defense, the Texans could easily use him in four-man fronts and let him work next to Benardrick McKinney, giving them a more athletic option in potential passing situations.
On the pro-day circuit, the Texans stayed busy.
The Texans had a face-to-face with Arkansas Razorback’s left tackle, Dan Skipper who checks in at 6'10" and 319 lbs. Skipper is just one of six offensive lineman in program history to earn All-SEC honors twice in his career. Skipper was a four year letter winner for the Razorbacks, starting 47 straight games, even helping on special teams, blocking seven field goal attempts.
The Texans met with Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Reilly (6'2", 200 lbs.) who ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the Cornhuskers pro-day. The Texans have a meeting set up to work him out and get a closer look at the wide receiver. Reilly finished his career with 70 receptions for 1,275 yards and six touchdowns. During his final two seasons, he averaged 18.9 yards per catch in 2015 and 19.6 yards per catch in 2016.
The Texans attended the pro-day of Albany State defensive lineman, Grover Stewart. “Big Grove” checks in at 6'4" and 347+ lbs., and was a game wrecker, putting up 12 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks from the interior of the defense. Appearing in 30 straight games, Stewart has garnered plenty of attention since the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Stuart ran a 5.14 40-yard dash, benched 30 reps, vertical jumped 26 inches, and completed a broad jump of 106" at his pro-day.
After his pro-day work, the Texans took time out to talk to Georgia State cornerback Marcus Sayles. Sayles is 5'9" and 170 lbs. and, at his pro-day, ran a 40-yard dash between 4.37 and 4.45. He also had a 132-inch broad jump, 40-inch vertical, and put up 18 reps on bench press. Sayles was named as an AFCA All-American as a cornerback and for kick returns, and he also blocked three kicks his final season at West Georgia. He led the conference with 5 interceptions and finished his career with 13 blocked kicks.
Can Read the Full Prospect List that is Known Here