Kubiak: Martin deserves more touches

Kubiak: Martin deserves more touches
September 17, 2013, 11:45 am
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During Sunday’s home opener, DeAndre Hopkins showed why the Texans used a first-round pick on his in the draft. Hopkins had a great game and capped it off with a touchdown in overtime.

But another young Texans receiver made a big play late in the game too.

On the final drive of regulation, second-year receiver Keshawn Martin caught a 32-yard pass that helped set up Randy Bullock for the game-winning attempt. Bullock missed it and the Texans eventually won in overtime but Martin has shown signs of being a solid option for the Texans.

“He’s important,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s obviously our three, so if DeAndre comes out of the game, he plays Z. If Andre (Johnson) comes out of the game, he plays X. So he’s handling two spots for us as a player and he makes a big play in the game. We’ve got a lot of confidence in him.

“I think he’s getting more confidence as a returner so I think touches on a week-to-week basis are important for Keshawn. And he deserves some more. To step up and make the play he made it the game, he did a heckuva job.”

Martin, who aside from being the third wide receiver, is also the primary punt and kick returner, said that his work in special teams helps him to play offense.

“It’s always good for a player when he gets a little rhythm out there,” Martin said after the game. “Just going to punt returns and kick returns it lets me get a rhythm out there and when I go on offense, I’m ready for it.”

Martin had two receptions for 37 yards on Sunday and has just 12 career receptions. But if Johnson can’t play against Baltimore, Martin will start.

“It definitely brings out the character in all of us,” Martin said after Sunday’s win. “When you have Andre going down, that’s a big loss to the team. All of us as young receivers, we just want to step up and help the team out as much as we can and that’s what we were able to do today.”