The final preseason game may be the hardest for fans to watch with their favorite starters resting on the sidelines, but today is by far one of the hardest of the year for coaches and players around the NFL. Each team's final roster cuts are due to the league tomorrow, andthe Texans will cut their roster down to 53 men today during a live press conference that will air live exclusively on Texans TV at 3:30 p.m. CST. Be sure to tune in as Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith discuss the moves and their thoughts on the team heading into the regular season.
The Texans' second- and third-stringers left it all on the field last night in Houston's 16-6 loss to Tampa Bay. Some, like embattled cornerback DeMarcus Faggins, likely helped solidify a place on the team with standout performances.
Others, such as second-year linebacker Kevis Coley, who had a game-high 15 tackles, and undrafted rookie free agent Ben Moffitt, a middle linebacker out of South Florida who racked up 13 tackles in the game, face longer odds to make the team. But players like Moffitt and Coley did everything in their power to prove to the Texans or any other team watching last night's game film that they have the ability to play in the National Football League.
For players whose dreams come crashing to a halt today when they receive a phone call to come meet with the head coach, for those players' teammates who have to see their good friends go through the experience and for the coaches and personnel people who have to let go players with whom they've forged relationships over the past months or years, it doesn't get much tougher than this. But that's the business side of the NFL. And on the bright side, eight players will have the chance to make the team's practice squad if they clear waivers.
Don't miss the roster decisions as they are announced live at 3:30.