So many things frying up!
Since my last installment... Where to begin? Super Mario has gone to the Bills, Joel Dreesen to Denver, Brisiel to Oakland and to everyone's surprise and amazement DeMeco Ryans was traded to the Eagles. Each of those teams just got a little bit better and I wish each of these players the best of luck. KC should also be added to the list for picking up Eric Winston. He was released before my last post but found a new home with the Chiefs. I feel they will be very happy with this acquisition. Oh, and Laurence Vickers to the Cowboys? I have to call Blasphemy on that one.
As sad as the past is, it is more important for us to look toward the future. It's great to have retained center Chris Myers. The man is the O-Line anchor and under his leadership, I doubt the Texans will see much of a drop after losing a few key players on either side of Myers. Last years "Next man up" theme may very well start in the pre-season. By that, I mean, the next guy in line tends to step up and preform with great intensity and effectiveness. So far, Rick Smith and the Texans coaching staff have proven to have a good eye for the new guys.
The Texans have grown to be known for their draft picks over the last several years. I have no doubt that this year will be any different. Sure, I have my favorites but I am not a decisions making part of the equation. Luckily, most of the mock drafts have my picks leading as a Texans wish list pick up. Most noticeably, Kendall Wright. You all know I've brought him up more than once.
Cap space has been a huge part to all that has gone on in the last month. For previous Texans players (who will remain nameless) that have talked about the Texans being "too cheap" to keep them, nothing could be further from the truth. If the Texans were all that cheap, they wouldn't be over the cap every year forcing them to lose good/great players. The salary cap has been and will continue to be the Achilles heel of any organization holding highly talented players on their rosters. I have no doubt that Mr. McNair would pay many players more than they currently make if he was able to do so without having to gut the rest of the team in order to do it.
I am looking forward to what is to come once draft candidates start signing with teams and maybe a few late FA pickups by the Texans. This should be a fun ride going into training camp then into pre-season.