The Texans drafted two wide receivers in the early rounds of April’s draft and that appears to have squeezed veteran Cecil Shorts off the roster in Houston.
According to multiple reports, Shorts has been released by the Texans as they drop to 53 players. Shorts joined the team last year as a free agent after four seasons with the Jaguars and caught 42 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns.
It was the fourth straight year that Shorts caught at least 40 passes. That production will get him looks in the coming days and weeks, although he only played in 11 games due to groin and hamstring injuries and has never played in all 16 games during a season.
With Shorts gone, first-round pick Will Fuller and third-round pick Braxton Miller are all but assured of roles alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Jaelen Strong in the Texans offense.
The Texans have not officially announced any cuts yet, but multiple reports also have running back Akeem Hunt, safety Antonio Allen and tackle Jeff Adams among the players dropped from the roster.