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Houston Texans Training Camp Battles: Close Games

The Houston Texans have lacked a consistent threat at tight end since Owen Daniels in 2012, but there may be a hidden gem on the roster. Texans offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s offense will be “tight end friendly” and there will be plenty of opportunities for anyone who can show up during training camp and make the Texans roster. The tight end currently on the roster includes Brevin Jordan, Pharaoh Brown, Antony Auclair, Teagan Quitoriano, Mason Schreck and Seth Green.

Jordan started the 2021 season on the inactive roster, but as soon as he saw the pitch in week eight against the Los Angeles Rams, it had an immediate impact. Jordan finished the year with just 178 yards but had three touchdowns while playing limited snaps. Although a small sample, Jordan has shown his ability to play and the potential to become a serious red zone threat. Jordan is only 21, and he could be in line to become the Texans’ next tight end.

Brown has had his ups and downs since joining Houston in 2020, but he’s an extremely physical player who has been an above average blocker at times. Brown had 163 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 and a career-high 171 yards in 2021 but no touchdowns. Brown set high goals for the 2022 season saying:

“The game just slowed down, understanding all the fine line details. It’s going to help me be an All-Pro this year. (Quote via Cole Thompson/SI.com)

Antony Auclair was primarily a blocker for Houston in 2021 and didn’t have many opportunities to be more of a receiving target. Auclair had an incredible touchdown thrown by Davis Mills in Week 5 against the New England Patriots.

The Texans drafted Teagan Quitoriano in the fifth round of Oregon State in this year’s draft and is considered more of a blocking tight end. We’ll see more of what Quitoriano can do on the pitch as training camp approaches.

Mason Schreck and Seth Green will have an uphill battle to make the roster. Schreck was a seventh-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017 and Green was signed by the Texans this offseason after being drafted out of The University of Houston.

The Texans don’t have a defined “starter” at the near end before training camp and there will certainly be competition in that position. Regardless of who will be the technical starting tight end in Week One, there will be plenty of opportunities for the group that is part of Hamilton’s new offense.