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Houston waives rookie DL Johnny Dwight

Preseason cuts are nearly upon us. But the Houston Texans are getting a jumpstart to the annual frenzy of team cutting down from 90 men to 53. The team announced on Friday that they have waived rookie defensive end Johnny Dwight.

Dwight played in the Texans’ first preseason game, a 28-26 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He accumulated three tackles in the exhibition match. He missed the second game, against the Detroit Lions, for undisclosed reasons — likely an injury, considering he was far from making the roster.

The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Dwight played for the Alabama Crimson Tide in college. In two seasons of play, he tallied 16 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks, and five tackles for loss. He was not invited to the 2019 NFL Combine.

The release was an expected one considering Houston’s depth across the defensive line. D.J. Reader, Carlos Watkins, and Angelo Blackson have locked into making the roster as interior defensive linemen. Brandon Dunn and impressive undrafted free agent rookie signee Albert Huggins may follow suit.

As for defensive ends, the Texans continue to boast one of the NFL’s strongest units. J.J. Watt highlights the group, and Jadeveon Clowney does the same — if he returns amid a nasty contract dispute over the franchise tag — while University of Texas rookie Charles Omenihu is the future at the position.