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Report: Former Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman worked out for Texans

According to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, former Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman worked out for the Texans on Tuesday.

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Perhaps the most surprising cut that the Indianapolis Colts made when getting their roster down to 53 players was the release of nose tackle Josh Chapman, who had started 15 games for the team in 2014 and entered this year's training camp as the projected starter once again.  That turned out not to be the case, however, as rookie David Parry won the job, leading to Chapman's release.

So far, Chapman hasn't been signed anywhere else, though he got a tryout with the Colts' AFC South rival Houston Texans on Tuesday.  This according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Texans tried out Josh Chapman, Lavon Hooks, Ishmaa&#39;ily Kitchen, and Jerrell Powe</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) <a href="">September 16, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Of course, Chapman was one of four defensive linemen that the Texans worked out, and none of them have been signed yet, so understand that teams work out players all the time and often those players leave unsigned.  But it appears as if the Texans are interested in looking at depth to add to their defensive line.

In three seasons with the Colts, Chapman played in 29 games (starting 15) and recorded 36 tackles and a forced fumble.  After being drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 draft out of Alabama, Chapman missed his entire rookie season due to injury.  He came back healthy in 2013 and played in 13 games, but he took on a much bigger role in 2014 as the starting nose tackle.  He played well in the preseason but struggled during the regular season, providing solid play against the run at times but being very inconsistent.  It was still a surprise to see him released, however, as he was fully expected to be the starting nose tackle entering training camp and for much of that time, as it wasn't until the fourth preseason game that it finally seemed more likely that David Parry would be the starter.