Has the Calvary Arrived for Andre Johnson?
Over the course of his career, Andre Johnsonhas been the focal point of the Houston Texans passing game. The Texans have not had that secondary receiver that can take the heat off Johnson. Each year draft analysts predict that the Texans will look to add a receiver early in the draft. The closest that the team has had to a strong receiving compliment has been Owen Daniels. Last season with the injury to Johnson the top wide receiver on the team was Kevin Walter. He was third on the team in receiving behind tight end Owen Daniels and running back Arian Foster.
This will be the year that the Texans have several options in the receiving game. Added to the roster are two receiving threats that will help take the heat off of Johnson. Keshawn Martin is a wide receiver out of Michigan State drafted by the Texans in the fourth round in the 2012. He is an explosive athlete that can score any time he touches the ball. At Michigan State he scored receiving, rushing and on both punt and kick returns. He gives the Texans that presence in the slot that they have been looking for.
DeVier Posey was the third pick by the Texans in the 2012 draft out of Ohio State. Posey is a big target at 6’2” and 211 pounds. He has struggled a bit early but showed his explosiveness whne he turned a short pass by John Beck into a huge touchdown in the Texans final preseason game. Posey needs to work on consistency but will push for playing time with his dynamic ability.
Another emerging threat on the team is tight end Garret Graham. He joined the Texans as a fourth round pick in the 2010 draft. Coaches are raving about his ability and he should push for significant playing time. Many teams are beginning to utilize double tight end sets and paring Daniels and Graham could be a dangerous combination.
These new faces to added to the roster and the emergence of Graham should lead to a more balanced offensive attack and lessen the load on Andre Johnson in 2012.