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Catching passes, throwing blocks and covering kicks, Texans rookie fullback Cullen Gillaspia is building a reputation with his versatility and work ethic.

The seventh-round draft pick from Texas A&M and Katy Taylor graduate is off to a good start with the Texans.

Gillaspia is the first 12th Man in school history to be drafted by an NFL team.

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Gillaspia has made a strong impression on Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

“Gilly, he’s a guy who works hard, doesn’t say too much,” Watson said of the former all-district selection. “He goes to work and he loves the game of football. He loves Houston. He actually can run and catch and do the things we want him to do.
“He’s a hard-nosed football player. We’re glad to have him on the team. He’ll continue to get some downhill runs and lead for Lamar (Miller), D’Onta (Foreman) and Josh (Ferguson).”

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The Texans are hoping the combination of third-round pick Kahale Warring and second-year veterans Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins will develop into their best group of tight ends during the Bill O’Brien era.

Since O’Brien became the head coach in 2014, the Texans have used three third-round picks on tight ends, but they’re still looking for someone to challenge Owen Daniels as the best in franchise history.

Warring follows Akins and C.J. Fiedorowicz (2014) as third-round selections since O’Brien was hired.

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No tight end has come close to providing the productivity and consistency Daniels did.

A fourth-round pick in 2006, Daniels averaged 51 catches and 623 yards over a seven-year period, including two that ended with injuries. He produced the most prolific season for a tight end in 2008 when he had 70 catches for 862 yards.

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As a group, the best year for Texans’ tight ends was 2016 when Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson combined for 115 receptions for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns.

Compare that production with last season when Griffin, Akins and Thomas combined for 61 catches, 745 yards and four touchdowns — all by Thomas — and it’s easy to see why Darren Fells was signed and Warring was drafted.

In their 18-year draft history, the Texans have drafted one tight end higher than the third round, Bennie Joppru in 2003. He had no catches in three injury-plagued seasons.

Warring might be the most athletic of the 11 tight ends the Texans have drafted. He’s 6-5, 255 and runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.6s. He played basketball, soccer, water polo and tennis before trying football his last year in high school.

Warring walked on at San Diego State and played in a run-oriented system that required him to block. That willingness to block combined with talent for the position got the Texans’ attention even though they weren’t looking to draft a tight end.

The Texans had Griffin, Akins, Thomas and Fells. With Warring replacing Griffin, who was released two weeks ago, tight end figures to be one of the most competitive positions on the roster.

Warring is a fascinating prospect. Because he played football one year in high school and started only five games in college, it would be unfair to expect immediate results. Still, the coaches are intrigued about his ability, work ethic and improvement as an NFL prospect.

“Everything’s new to him,” O’Brien said during the OTAs. “He hasn’t played a lot of football relative to some of the other guys. I’m not talking about the veterans. I’m talking about the young players. (He) didn’t start playing football until later on in his life relative to his career, so I think he learns every day. He’s attacking it the right way.”

O’Brien and his coaches like what they’ve seen from Warring during the rookie minicamp and OTAs. As they approach their last week of OTAs and the mandatory minicamp, they’re eager to see more of him.

“(He) comes in early and stays late and learns very well,” O’Brien said. “Very athletic, works hard. (Tight ends coach) Will Lawing’s doing a good job with all of those guys of meeting extra and getting them up to speed.”

Warring is a fascinating prospect because of his multisport background.

“All those different sports helped me become a better athlete, which converts over to football because you have to be a really good athlete to play football,” Warring said. “I think basketball transitions the best.”

Warring didn’t get his quick, strong hands from just playing basketball. He starred as a goaltender in water polo.

“It takes athleticism (and) hand-eye coordination, a lot of toughness in the game (and) I think it helped a ton,” he said.

In his 19 games, including five starts, at San Diego State, Warring caught 51 passes for 637 yards and eight touchdowns. His best season was 2018 when, as a junior, he had 31 receptions for 372 yards and three touchdowns.

“I learned a ton at San Diego State,” he said. “I think that program helped a lot coming into the NFL. Pro-style offense and everything helped a ton.”

Warring said he watched NFL tight ends and mentioned Zach Ertz and Jimmy Graham.

“I study tight ends,” he said. “I watch every single one that I hear about. I see what they do well, and I try to do the things they do well. That’s something that helps me in my game.”

In the offensive system he played in, Warring had no choice but to block if he wanted to get on the field. That part of his game impressed the Texans.

“It’s just about being willing,” he said. “I think you have to be willing to be a blocker, put in the effort and put your face on somebody.”

Warring elected to enter the draft rather than return to college for his senior season.

“I wanted to get pushed and take the next step because I felt I was capable of it,” he said. “I thought I could become a better player being in an NFL locker room and getting pushed even more.”

And one teammate who’s pushing him is quarterback Deshaun Watson.

“He’s a great leader,” Warring said. “He’s in my ear talking to me. It’s awesome. I talk to him about different ways to keep learning, and he’s a huge help.”

Warring is also getting help from the veterans at his position.

“All the tight ends are helping me so well,” he said. “They’re a huge help. They’re great role models, and I’m happy to be in this room.”

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The Houston Texans still need to fill roles within the roster, and free agency is the way to add players who are needed for the team to have the proper depth to their roster.
Looking at the current depth chart of the Houston Texans, there is more left to the imagination than what should be, because there are free agents still looking for a team who could really help out the franchise on both offense and defense.

Sure, the Texans are the reigning AFC South champions and they hosted a playoff game, but when it mattered the most the Texans looked their worst as their last game played was a wild card playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts, a team they have to also play twice during the regular season.

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Houston has talented players on their roster, there is no doubt about that, but looking back to last season, where the Texans were hampered was on the depth of their roster as they suffered multiple injuries and their overall depth showed as the franchise had to make a trade at the deadline and give up a fourth-round pick in the process.

If the Texans want to add to their depth following the completion of the draft and as they wait for the offseason camps to begin, the best way for the team to improve is by signing players who are free agents.

Some of the following players can be game changers for the Texans, while others will fill in certain roles that might not stand out, but still be productive.

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Listed next are three free agents the Texans need to be serious about when looking to not only add to their roster, but players who can make the team better in varying ways for the 2019 NFL season.