Houston Texans 2013 Breakout Candidate: DeVier Posey
The Houston Texans have been knocking on the door of elite status for the past few seasons. Their productive veterans are now nearing their career apexes which may mean time is running out for this team to make a serious playoff push. Just because the pressure is on for Houston to produce in 2013 doesn’t mean they won’t finally be able to break through that wall this coming season.
One player that will help them reach that goal is wide receiver DeVier Posey. Having yet to step on the field after a torn Achilles tendon in the Texans’ January playoff loss to the New England Patriots, reports say that he could be activated from the PUP list as soon as next week with enough time left in camp to get fully acclimated to game speed before Week 1 arrives.
While a speedy recovery like that from an Achilles tear is fast enough, Posey offers even more pace on the field. The former Ohio State Buckeye has sub-4.5 speed with savvy route-running abilities that showed through in his rookie season. Quarterback Matt Schaub hooked up with Posey just six times in the regular season, and all of those catches came from December 10 on. His playoff performance where he was injured was ultimately his best as Posey hauled in three catches on five targets for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Production is one thing but potential is a totally different animal. Posey has that in spades as his 6-foot-1, 208-pound frame along with his great route-running and elite quickness make him a real threat with the ball in his hands. With players like veteran Andre Johnson and incoming rookie first rounder DeAndre Hopkins in the receiving corps, Posey will surely see some additional room to work with this season. Kevin Walter is no longer in town either, and his production will have to be replaced by the Texans’ trio of receivers.
Coming back from an injury as serious as a torn Achilles is not an easy task, but the Texans seem confident that Posey will be ready to go once Week 1 arrives with a Monday Night Football game on September 9. With a running back like Arian Foster to keep defenses honest, two receivers alongside of him to take coverage away from him, and a dependable tight end like Owen Daniels to lead the way, Posey should make a real impact in his second NFL season. This could easily be his coming out party in the league as he tries to help the Texans move deep into January this season.