The Texans’ signing of CB Stanford Routt this week speaks volumes about the club’s rash of injuries at cornerback. Routt is nothing more than an emergency plan — we hear he goes to the bottom of the barrel, behind second-year players Brandon Harris and Roc Carmichael — but he isn’t exactly the type of player the Texans prefer.
Routt has burned some bridges around the league, including in Kansas City, where he was unceremoniously released earlier this season, just months after receiving $6.5 million guaranteed. That was on the heels of being released in Oakland, after playing only one year of a lucrative three-year deal.
Word is this could be the end of the line for Routt if it doesn’t go well in Houston, where he played his college ball at the University of Houston. The Texans were convinced after working him out and interviewing him that he could provide veteran depth, but “he’ll be out in a heartbeat” with one false step, we hear.
Harris and Carmichael’s first significant NFL action in the Week 13 win in Nashville was a mixed bag. They both made too many mistakes, but the Texans love Harris’ aggressive, playmaking style of play. Carmichael is less mistake-prone but has a lower ceiling.