The Houston Texans are doing their due diligence at punter ahead of their Week 1 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Texans hosted former New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen for a workout on Friday.
Former Patriots punter Ryan Allen worked out for the Texans. Former Vikings punter Matt Wile was also working out in Houston, which reflects due diligence.
Trevor Daniel, who entered NFL as an undrafted FA in 2018 out of Tennessee, is in his second season as the Texans’ punter.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 6, 2019
The Texans’ current punter, Trevor Daniel, is entering his second season with the team. Last season, Daniel arrived in Houston as an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee. The former Volunteer played in all 16 games for the Texans and averaged 43.7 yards per punt on 71 attempts. In 2018, the rookie punter ranked 28th out of 33 eligible punters in yards per punt.
As for Allen, the Patriots released the veteran punter recently as part of their bevy of roster moves to trim their roster to 53 players. New England decided to go the youthful route with undrafted rookie Jake Bailey (who impressed during the preseason) instead.
Allen spent six seasons with the Patriots and won three Super Bowls during his time with the organization. The 29-year-old punter holds a career average of 45.3 yards per punt. Allen started in 96 straight regular-season games for the Patriots.
The Texans will be squaring off against a high-powered Saints offense on Sunday. With both teams having talented offenses, it may come down to the special teams units of both teams. Therefore, it may be wise to consider bringing in an experienced punter like Allen.
Along with Allen, the Texans also brought in former Minnesota Vikings punter Matt Wile for a workout. Wile was released by the Vikings nearly a month ago to make room for veteran Britton Colquitt.