If the Texans are looking for a third receiver option for 2014, that player could already be on their roster.
Houston is set for 2014 with Andre Johnson and last year’s rookie sensation DeAndre Hopkins. Johnson went over 1,400 yards for the fourth time en route to the seventh Pro Bowl selection of his career. Hopkins finished second among all rookies in receiving yards (802) and fourth in catches (52) last year on his way to winning team rookie of the year honors.
What was missing was a third option. Keshawn Martin filled that role last season but only caught 22 pass for 253 yards. Behind him was DeVier Posey who caught 15 passes and played just 248 snaps after returning in near record time from an Achilles injury suffered during his rookie season in New England during the playoffs.
“I think the best thing you’re going to see from DeVier is to come. I think with the Achilles injury, that set him back,” Johnson said during one of his many charity events in Houston.
Posey hasn’t had what you would call a normal first couple seasons in the NFL. Many experts believed him to be a future first-round pick before he was forced to sit out all but three games during his final season at The Ohio State University because of off the field issues. He ended up dropping to the third round to the Texans in the 2012 draft. The 6-2 receiver only caught six passes during the 2012 season, but caught another three, including an acrobatic touchdown grab against New England before the Achilles injury.
“I think before he had that injury man, we saw the flashes in practice. You noticed he got more playing time and stuff like that,” Johnson said. “You know guys were actually rooting for him to get on the field. We’d see him in practice we were like, 'Coach, you got to put him out there.'"
After returning so quickly, Posey struggled through the 2013 season physically and this year could be back to the player teammates were campaigning to get on the field back in 2012.
“I think the best is yet to come for him,” Johnson said confidently. “I think he’s going to have a breakout year this year. He’s finally healthy and he’s not worried about the Achilles and he’s just ready to go.”