Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) bats down a pass by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the first half of a preseason game at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Sapp claimed on waivers by Houston Texans


The Houston Texans made a waiver claim and picked up outside linebacker Ricky Sapp.  Sapp was let go by the New York Jets to make room for future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed.  In essence, this became a long, drawn out trade between the two teams.

Sapp was a fifth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles after playing as an athletic pass rusher at Clemson.  After suffering a season-ending knee injury in his rookie year, Sapp left the team unexpectedly and was ultimately waived.  The Jets signed him to their practice squad and he did not make his NFL debut until 2012.  Since then, his impact has been minimal as his playing time, but teams are at least intrigued by his athletic upside as he keeps finding his way onto teams.

The Texans might be the best place for him considering their depth, but he should also be able to help the Texans on special teams.  Sapp is still just 27 years old.

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