After going four consecutive years without selecting a wide receiver, the Houston Texans took two in the first four rounds last April. Now the franchise enters the 2013 NFL Draft with its top target urging that they add more.
“I’d like to have another (receiver),” Texans receiver Andre Johnson said on Saturday via Houston Chronicle. “I’m all for it. I’ve asked for it for awhile. The more weapons we have, the better it’ll be for the team. … If we’re able to add another guy, it would probably be the best group of receivers we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
“Adding another guy (to go with Devier Posey), (Lestar Jean) and (Keshawn Martin) — that’s a lot of talent. Not only would it be good for now, but it would be good for our future.”
General manager Rick Smith did allow receiving fullback/tight end/H-back James Casey and longtime Texans receiver Kevin Walter to walk in free agency, leaving some impetus to add more. However, they just took Posey in the second round and Martin in the fourth last season so, if they’re not ready to bail on these two, it would make sense to get them their playing time in year two.
There may not even be enough room in this offense for more than two receivers to get a ton of playing time. According to Rotoworld’s Mike Clay, the Texans not only ran a league-high 51 percent of the time in 2012, but also went with three-wide formations a league-low 21 percent of their offensive snaps.