The Texans continue to add to their cornerback room ahead of their season opener. They added a former Washington slot defender to their reconfigured mix Tuesday.
Houston claimed Jimmy Moreland off waivers from Washington, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. Washington waived Moreland with an injury designation, per Sports Talk 790’s Aaron Wilson, who notes the third-year veteran is healthy as of Tuesday (Twitter link).
Moreland will join newcomers Desmond King, Terrance Mitchell and Tavierre Thomas among the Texans’ cornerback contingent. A former seventh-round pick, Moreland played steadily with Washington over the past two seasons. He played 599 snaps with Washington’s top-five-ranked defense last year (518 in the slot) and ranked as Pro Football Focus’ No. 75 overall corner. Moreland, 26, also played 470 defensive snaps as a rookie for Washington’s previous regime.
While the Texans submitted a successful claim, Fowler adds (via Twitter) the Eagles were planning to sign Moreland had he cleared waivers. Washington made Moreland one of its final cuts to move their roster down to 53 last week. Two years remain on the James Madison alum’s rookie contract.
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