Texans rookies LB Willie Jefferson, DE/OLB Sam Montgomery and RB Cierre Wood placed through waivers unclaimed on Tuesday and are now free agents.
It’s worth noting that all three players are rookies who have had off-the-field issues in the past.
Montgomery is probably the most the most notable player given that he was once considered to be a first-round talent before the Texans selected him No. 95 overall. His transition to the NFL hasn’t been easy given that the team has already decided to move him to outside linebacker.
Meanwhile, Wood and Jefferson received limited playing time for the Texans this season, but that’s not too surprising given that they’re rookies.
McClain notes that Wood could have seen the field against the Chiefs due to Arian Foster and Ben Tate sustaining injuries. It’s a bad look for a young player to be released at a time when the team is in need of help at your position.
Jefferson has shown some potential as a 3-4 pass rusher, but this is also a going to impact his situation moving forward, at least to some degree.
The Texans should be in the market for a third string running back this week.