Defensive end Jason Hatcher was a man without a team less than a month ago.
But he has been on a tear since returning two weeks ago and is threatening Igor Olshansky's starting job at right end.
Rob Ryan said nothing is decided and that four veterans -- Hatcher, Olshansky, Marcus Spears and Kenyon Coleman -- are sharing reps at the ends.
But he doesn't deny that Hatcher has been a standout performer. He put it all on display in the preseason opener against Denver.
"He was the player of the day," Ryan said. "He was a one-man wrecking crew on the pass rush. We are excited about him."
If Hatcher wins the job, Olshansky could be released and end up in Houston with former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, who coached him in San Diego and brought him to Dallas.
The Texans have no experienced 3-4 ends, and it was no coincidence that they had a scout at the Broncos game.