Houston Texans should target Brian Hartline

By Aaron Dartez
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans are in big need of a new wide receiver after disappointing seasons for veteran Kevin Walter and rookies Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey. There’s been a lot of talk of Houston going for a receiver in the draft in April, but perhaps they should go in a different direction this off-season and target a free agent receiver instead.

One free agent that could be a good fit in Houston is four-year veteran Brian Hartline. Hartline has proved that he could be a lethal weapon with the right team, and would be a extremely dangerous target alongside receiver Andre Johnson.

Hartline led the Miami Dolphins  with 74 receptions, 128 targets, 1,083 yards and 48 first downs. He also led the team in receptions over 20 yards, and averaged more yards per reception than any other Dolphins receiver. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill relied on Hartline more than any other receiver, throwing him the ball 24 more times than any other receiver.

Hartline is still a young receiver at 27-years old, and will continue to develop each season. He could grow into a phenomenal receiver with a team like Houston.

Houston has largely relied on Johnson and tight end Owen Daniels along with running back Arian Foster to carry the load offensively, and could use the help of a seasoned vet to take some of the weight off their shoulders.

The team will most likely trade or release 10-year vet Walter this off-season to make room for a new receiver, and I doubt they want to go into next season with only two receivers with more than one year of experience, which makes bringing a playmaking receiver like Hartline logical.

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