March 19, 2018

Due Diligence: The Wide Receivers

During the past few weeks of Houston Texans OTAs, it seems like one of the biggest question marks with the current makeup of the team is the lack of veteran presence in the wide receiver position group. Head Coach Gary Kubiak has made it clear that there is a possibility that the Texans will be looking for a possible veteran to bring into Houston. All that has been said with Andre Johnson sidelined is that Kevin Walter is the only wide receiver with game experience and the next in line is second year wide receiver Lestar Jean, who has learned the system from the sideline. Throw in the unproven Jeff Maehl, Jauquin Iglesias and Trindon Holliday, who is only a return specialist until proven otherwise and has been on the roster now entering his 3rd season. Plus the Texans have added four rookies that include two draft picks in DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin and two undrafted rookies in Mario Louis and Jerrell Jackson. 

With this group, players not named Johnson and Walter have zero NFL games played, which is a reason for concern. It is reasonable to believe that the Texans are on the lookout for the veteran “presence” and we have thought about the potential opening day wide receiver group, but with UDFA Dwight Jones leaving the team it blew that idea right out of the water. Thanks Dwight. 

With that we are going to look at the thin wide receiver free agent crop that the Texans might look at going into training camp. We look at who could possibly come in and help the Texans during training camp and possibly into the season, but there is some criteria the Texans would like to have with this potential player. They have to have some starter experience and can contribute offensively and most importantly available to contribute on special teams, if needed. It is a fragile idea, especially with the fact that this veteran would be in competition with Lestar Jean for possibly his roster spot, but Kubiak could change his ways up and carry six wide receiver into the season. There is many possibilites the Texans could explore and here is the list of the best five available that fit the Texans needs (in no particular order):


Free Agent Wide Receivers

Kassim Osgood-  Considered a special teams ace, Osgood has made his living playing on the majority of all special teams units and filled in at wide receiver when needed. He is a true professional when it comes to the NFL and being a 9 year veteran he could help out a young receiver group during training camp.

Best season as a receiver – 2004, started 7 games with 15 receptions with 308 yards and 2 touchdowns. 




Greg Camarillo- Injuries have slowed Camarillo but he too has made a living working hard and contributing by any means necessary. Camarillo is a 6 year vet and has been more of a contributor than a star.

Best season as a receiver – 2008, started 11 games with 55 receptions with 613 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Jerhme Urban- A Texas native (Victoria, TX), Urban fits the mold of a Kubiak wide receiver. At 6-3 and 207 lbs., he played the 4th receiver with the Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl team. He followed Todd Haley to Kansas City and now he is looking for a job. Urban has been a special teams contributor as well.

Best season as a receiver – 2008, started 2 games with 34 receptions with 448 yards and 4 touchdowns. 



 Patrick Crayton– The interesting thing about Crayton is that his former Head Coach in Wade Phillips is in Houston and is definitely making his mark by bringing in former Dallas Cowboys to the team. More of a slot presence, Crayton has returned kicks and punts also. 

Best season as a receiver – 2008, started 2 games with 34 receptions with 448 yards and 4 touchdowns. 




Braylon Edwards- There has been word that Edwards was in the Texans facility about three weeks ago. Even though not confirmed with the team, people within the team saw him at the facility. Edwards, if he could rekindle his 2007 and 2010 seasons, could be huge for the Texans on the outside but Edwards would force the Texans to make a big decision with personnel later down the line.

Best season as a receiver – 2007, started 16 games with 80 receptions with 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. 





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3 Responses to “Due Diligence: The Wide Receivers”
  1. The Gardener says:

    I understand it may be foolish, but I like our current group.

    • Patrick D. Starr says:

      It’s not, just bringing in a veteran for camp time could be big for development of the younger WRs. Doesn’t mean they have to make it out of camp.

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