Houston Texans Should be Ashamed of Wide Receiving Core

By Devin O'Barr
Andre Johnson with his teammates
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With all of the talent that the Houston Texans have on both sides of the ball, it’s hard to find a glaring weakness, but their wide receiving core is laughable and needs to be addressed. To see a team like the Seattle Seahawks make the move for Percy Harvin at the drop of a hat, it really shows just how lacking the Texans have been at the wide receiver position.

The Texans are the only team in the NFL to not draft a WR in the first or second round since 2004. If I were a Texans fan, I would be embarrassed at how poor of an attempt they have made at surrounding Matt Schaub with wide receiver talent other than perennial All-Pro Andre Johnson. For the last 10 seasons that Johnson has been with the franchise, he has lead the team in receiving yards nine times and the one time he didn’t was in 2011, when he missed nine games due to injury.

There is no excuse for the Texans as they are Super Bowl contenders with players like Johnson, who aren’t getting any younger. I was surprised to see that Houston wasn’t even in the talks for Harvin, who would’ve cost the team just a first round pick in a weak NFL draft.

Tavon Austin seems like the ideal fit for the Texans as he excelled at the NFL scouting combine, showing off his great hands and speed–he ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash. For the first time in nearly a decade, I could see Houston finally taking the former West Virginia Mountaineer wide receiver with the 27th overall pick.

If general manager Rick Smith doesn’t start making moves at wide receiver, he will have plenty of angry fans asking questions.

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