WATCH: Making the Grade: WRs, TEs

WATCH: Making the Grade: WRs, TEs
January 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
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What grade would you give the Texans' WRs/TEs in 2013?

In our eight-part Making the Grade, we look back at the Texans' 2-14 season in 2013. We've already looked at the secondary, running backs, linebackers, coaches, quarterback and defensive line and offensive line. Up now: wide receivers and tight ends.

Andre Johnson was supposed to be washed up two years ago. He didn't listen.

Johnson caught 109 passes for 1,407 yards in 2013 to lead the Texans. It was his fourth season with 100-plus catches and 1,400-plus yards, tying him with Marvin Harrison for the most all-time. Jerry Rice only had three such seasons.

And Johnson had some help this year. The Texans used their first-round pick to take DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson and the rookie had a very nice first year. He caught 52 passes for 802 yards and two touchdowns.

Hopkins was one of two rookies to catch 50 passes with 800 yards in 2013. The other was Rookie of the Year candidate Keenan Allen. Hopkins was also the first Texans' wideout to do it since Johnson in the early 2000s.

The next two wideouts on the team didn't do too much. Keshawn Martin caught 22 passes and DeVier Posey caught 15. For two former relatively high draft choices, that's somewhat disappointing. Posey returned from his Achilles injury and wasn't great.

As far as the tight ends, Owen Daniels broke his leg and went on IR with designation to return but never did.

Garrett Graham, who just finished the final year on his contract, had a really nice season, catching 49 passes for 545 yards. He led the Texans in receiving touchdowns with five, tied with Johnson.

The Texans will have a big decision to make this offseason. They can let Graham walk, or they could decide to cut Daniels (who has a big cap hit) and re-sign Graham to a long-term deal. It wouldn't make sense for them to keep both with high salaries.

And finally, sixth-round pick Ryan Griffin might have been the pleasant surprise of the season for the Texans. He played on every special teams unit and finished the season as the starting No. 1 tight end because of injuries. He might turn into a heckuva good player.

Stud: Johnson

It's incredible how good Johnson has been for a decade. What's more impressive is that he did it this year without a quarterback, which is something to which he's not new.

Dud: Martin

Martin was so good during training camp. He was expected to have a breakout season in his second year but it didn't happen. He should have had plenty of room to operate in the slot with Johnson and Hopkins outside but it didn't happen.

Free agents: Graham, Lestar Jean (RFA)

-- Dave Zangaro

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