The Houston Texans are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to assessing the roster following the club’s 4-12 finish in 2020.
The Texans announced Tuesday that they have given up on former Texas A&M and Katy Taylor fullback Cullen Gillaspia.
The former 2019 seventh-round pick played 23 games for the Texans in his two seasons with the AFC South club, totaling nine combined tackles. On offense, Gillaspia caught a six-yard pass in the Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. In the playoffs, he returned two kickoffs for six yards.
Former coach Bill O’Brien was particularly impressed with the way Gillaspia performed in the AFC’s win over the Buffalo Bills in January 2020.
“He did a lot of good things for us in special teams and we worked on them sometimes during the week,” O’Brien said on Jan 6, 2020. “We just couldn’t use it that much. but use him in some of the roles he can play in the backfield and he’s helped us. On Deshaun’s (Watson) touchdown, a 20-yard touchdown, Cullen had a great block on that play. He did, he did some good things in the game.
Gillaspia has been inactive for four games in 2020. The 6-1, 234-pound full-back was on the injured reserve for the last five games of the season. Gillaspia’s season got off to a rough start as he faced a concussion.