Tight End Wide Open For Texans

Position Battle To Watch In Camp

June 13, 2018 - 4:49 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – As Texans’ minicamp comes to a close, the battle for playing time at tight end remains clouded.

As it stands, the Texans have seven tight ends on the roster.

Ryan Griffin, 28, is the elder statesman of the group.  Griffin has the most experience with five years in the NFL and has caught 112 passes in 63 career games.

Stephen Anderson, 25, is entering his third year in the NFL and took strides forward last season with 25 catches.

Then there are a pair of rookies, first Jordan Akins, 26, who was a third-round draft pick out of UCF.  Akins started his collegiate football career late after giving professional baseball a shot with the Texas Rangers organization.

“No doubt he’s a good athlete.  He’s a big guy that can run.  He’s a smart guy.  He has good quickness for a guy his size,” Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien said.

The other rookie is Jordan Thomas, 21, a sixth-round pick from Mississippi State, who at 6 feet 5 inches and 280 pounds is the biggest of the seven tight ends on the roster.

Matt Lengel, 27, was claimed off waivers by the Texans.  Lengel appeared in one game last year with Cleveland, and caught two passes with New England in 2016 after being signed off Cincinnati’s practice squad.  The Bengals signed Lengel as an undrafted free agent. 

Jevoni Robinson, 25, hasn’t played in an NFL game in his career, but was signed by the Texans to the practice squad late in 2017 and then to a reserve/future contract in January

MyCole Pruitt, 26, has bounced around practice squads in Minnesota, Chicago and Buffalo before landing with the Texans for the first time last September.  Pruitt saw action in 16 games with the Vikings in 2015 and caught 10 passes.  He played in two games each with Minnesota and Chicago in 2016 and one game last year with the Texans.

The seven tight ends on the roster have a wide range of backgrounds, attributes and experience in the league, but with a good camp all could earn time on the field in 2018.

“When the pads come on, how well do some of those young guys block,” O’Brien asks.  That’s a position (tight end) that’s definitely crowded right now.”