A weekly report outlining how much change is to be expected at each position group begins with the wideouts."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Texans StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Texans NewsYahoo Texans Team PageYahoo Texans ReportYahoo Texans Depth ChartYahoo Texans TransactionsYahoo Texans PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Real Xavier Crawford Houston Texans Jersey , Actual, Thought-Provoking Texans Analysis2019 Houston Texans OffseasonHow Much Turnover Do You Expect For The Texans’ Wide Receivers?New,37commentsA weekly report outlining how much change is to be expected at each position group begins with the wideouts.CSTShareTweetShareShareHow Much Turnover Do You Expect For The Texans’ Wide Receivers?Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsEvery NFL roster undergoes a partial overhaul during each offseason in the pursuit of a championship. This offseason will be no different for the Houston Texans as they seek to improve upon the current roster. Although there are several massive holes to fill before the season starts, a star wide receiver is not one of them. DeAndre Hopkins is a top three receiver in the NFL.That’s just a fact. The wide receiver position in Houston is relatively steady at the top but in need of key contributors behind the starters.The Texans have already made one change to this position group. WR Demaryius Thomas was released from the team as he works to recover from an Achilles injury suffered in Week 16. The four-time Pro-Bowler was traded to the Texans by the Broncos in the middle of the 2018 season to replace the injured WR Will Fuller V. Returning from an Achilles tear is a triumph in of itself, but at the age of 31, the goal of returning next season makes it a near impossible feat at this stage in his career. Thomas’ stint with Texans was too short and will leave fans asking “What if?” as his presence on the roster would elevate the WR group to one of the best in the league. Here are the wide receivers on the current roster as it stands:DeAndre Hopkins - First Team All-Pro.Second in the NFL in both reception and yards in 2018.Will Fuller V - caught four touchdowns in seven games before tearing his ACL in Week Eight.Keke Coutee -most receptions in a debut since 1970, but missed significant time due to hamstring injuries.DeAndre Carter - slot receiver brought in during Week 10 and instantly contributed.Vyncint Smith - small school rookie with ideal height and speed; caught one touchdown.Steven Mitchell Jr. - signed prior to Week 16 and yet to make his NFL debut.Isaac Whitney - signed a reserve/future contract and yet to make his NFL debut.Jester Weah - ended rookie season on IR; comes from an illustrious athletic family.A 53-man NFL roster is usually comprised of six or seven receivers. the entire season and cost the receiver ten games as a rookie. Hopkins ended the season with a bum shoulder. If the team is to bring in a mid-tier receiver to bolster the group Xavier Crawford Jersey 2019 , it would be because the team does not expect Fuller to be a available for the first four to six weeks of the season. A short-term solution for the team in the form of a 27-31 year-old veteran receiver on a one-year contract makes sense as the team tries to play tic-tac-toe with its (when healthy) excellent WR roster. Potential targets that fit this description include Terrance Williams, Jermaine Kearse, Tyrell Williams, and Kelvin Benjamin.Even if the Texans do not make a move in free agency, they plausibly won’t be in the market to draft a wide receiver until the mid-to-late rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. The earliest I see them taking a stab at the position is the third round; even that seems high considering the team’s other needs. A fifth-round receiver with a well-balanced skill set would fit nicely in the Texans arsenal moving forward. I’d take Miles Boykin (6’4”, 228 pounds, 59 receptions Xavier Crawford Jersey Mens , and eight TDs) from Notre Dame there.The Texans love undrafted rookie free agent (UDFA) receivers. They usually excel at one or two areas and provide great value if one turns out to be redeemable. Vyncint Smith is a prime example of a UDFA brought in to fill out the bottom portion of the roster; he became a rotational piece in the offense at the end of the season. Don’t be surprised if the Texans have another UFDFA WR steal a roster spot before the season.The Texans’ wideout group is undoubtedly top-heavy. From this current roster, only three receivers (Hopkins, Fuller, and Coutee) are truly locked in for next season. Carter should earn a spot as the team’s offensive utility tool and kick/punt returner. That leaves at least two spots up for grabs heading into the offseason. What the Texans do with those two vacancies may surprise you. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has said multiple times this offseason that he believes he has a lot of good football left in him and has noted that dealing with injuries in 2016 and 2017 meant there was less of a toll on his body.Being out may have left more tread on the tires, but it also left Watt wondering about what he’d be capable of doing once he got back on the field. He answered that question with 16 sacks last season and he said on Tuesday that he’s in a better mental space this time around.“You have more of a confident stance, and I think that’s where I’m at this year,” Watt said Youth Xavier Crawford Jersey , via the . “I’m very confident, whereas last year I was confident but kind of hesitant. So this year that hesitancy is gone, not having come off a bad injury but coming off of a solid season. It’s good to have that feeling, and it’s good to be going into a season without those doubts.”Maintaining a high level of play would be a decent enough goal for 2019, but Watt believes “there’s always things I can do better” and said that having no injury issues this offseason allowed him to devote his full attention to those things. Should he make good on that effort, Watt could find himself in the mix for another defensive player of the year honor.
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