The Houston Texans announced several roster moves Tuesday afternoon. The team waived four players, including running back Kenny Hilliard. In place of those players, the team signed Bryce Jones, Dare Ogunbowale, and Chris Thompson, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Furthermore, the team signed veteran offensive tackle Breno Giacomini. Giacomini, 31, is a 9-year vet who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Giacomini spent 4 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He was the team’s starting right tackle when they won the Super Bowl in 2013. After the victory, Giacomini signed a contract with the New York Jets in free agency. He has spent the last 3 seasons with the Jets. However, he was limited to 5 games last season, and was released by the rebuilding Jets in the offseason. Now, he is joining a contending team that needs depth on its offensive line. Additionally, he is reuniting with Texans’ offensive line coach Mike Devlin, who coached Giacomini while he was with the New York Jets.
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In Houston, Giacomini will battle with Chris Clark and Julie’n Davenport for the starting right tackle job. Davenport was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Chris Clark took over for Derek Newton at right tackle last season. Newton suffered catastrophic leg injuries in a game against the Denver Broncos. Last week, news came out that Newton would be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The designation signals that Newton may not be ready to play early, if at all, in the 2017 season. As a result, the Texans could do worse than find a veteran offensive tackle to help provide competition and depth at an area of need.