The Texans had two open spots on their roster following the release of Ed Reed and the placement of Arian Foster on Injured Reserve. Earlier this week the Texans filled their open spots by signing D.J. Smith and Jawanza Starling to the 53-man roster.
Linebacker D.J. Smith was a 6th rounder in 2011 out of Appalachian State. The 24-year old is listed at 5″11 and 239 lbs, and has 82 career tackles and 2 sacks in his 2+ seasons as a pro. Smith adds depth to an injury depleted linebacker core. Brian Cushing is already out for the year and ILB’s Mike Mohammed, Joe Mays, and Darryl Sharpton have all missed practice recently with injuries.
Undrafted out of USC, safety Jawanza Starling was signed off the Giants practice squad. Eric Edholm (Yahoo) was the first to report the Starling signing. Starling was with the Texans in the preseason and was signed to the Giants practice squad following his release with the Texans. Starling played 93 preseason snaps & was a +1.4 according to Pro Football Focus. Starling will replace Ed Reed on the roster.
The Texans also had two other practice squad openings that they filled this week. CB Loyce Means signed after spending time with the Green Bay Packers in the preseason. Means was undrafted out of the University of Houston where he picked off eight passes between 2007 and 2010. WR Rico Richardson was undrafted out of Jackson State and was recently with the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason. Both Means and Richardson were one of the final cuts for their respective former teams in the preseason.
After Ed Reed’s official release on Tuesday, it took only two days for the future Hall-Of-Famer to sign with a team. The Rex Ryan led Jets took a chance on Reed hoping he still has something left in the tank.
Spoiler Alert! He doesn’t.