Coming up short. That’s been the theme of the Houston Texans for several years now.
They’re a team that’s come along way, going from the cellar of the AFC, to consecutive playoff appearances. But they’re still just this close.
They simply ran into a better team in the New England Patriots this past season. Houston didn’t have much of a chance in the playoffs going into Foxborough, because they’re simply a team that’s not there yet.
So what’s the missing piece to the puzzle?
Ed Reed is potentially coming to town, which would definitely boost the defense, but their offense is also in need of some play-makers. If the Patriots are your competition, then you need to be able to put some points on the board.
Andre Johnson has been the man for years now in Houston, but he’s a receiver seeking a partner in crime. So far in free agency, the Texans haven’t made any moves to acquire talent at wide out, so they may leave that to the draft. Most experts project the Texans will take a receiver with the 27th overall selection.
I think it would also be wise to ink a proven veteran receiver in free agency, as you can never really have enough depth in the NFL.
The Texans have the best dual-threat running back in the game, so the more they can open up the field with players other than Johnson, the more room Arian Foster will have.
Patience is running thin for those in support of Matt Schaub. He’s not the problem right now in Houston, but if they do sign some quality players and he still comes up short, then the blame will fall squarely on his shoulders. In the meantime, Schaub needs some young receivers and proven play-makers that can take the pressure off his other valuable weapons.
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