The Houston Texans are set to bring wide receiver DeVier Posey off of the PUP list and ready for practice with his teammates. This is the first football action Posey has had since January 13th, 2013, which is exactly 219 days from him tearing his Achilles against the New England Patriots.
Posey started slow last season but by the end of the season he was getting plenty of snaps with the starters. He started the process of fazing out former Texans' wide receiver Kevin Walter. There were big things on the table for Posey until his season ended in the back of the endzone to put a damper on an already bad night that took place in Gillette Stadium.
Posey has defied the odds and actually has been further along than what most people realized. Since late May, Posey has been determined to make it back for week one and the work ethic he showed to get back has put him in the position he is in now.
During OTAs, Posey was running on flat ground and doing the speed ladder with no issues. He was pushing himself hard in the training room on the air treadmill which helped to get him cleared to return. There was not a moment during training camp he was not catching passes off the JUGS machine or working on his rehab on the side field away from teammates.
Watching him rehab since the start of the summer led us to put out a bold predictions post about this upcoming preseason and we said this about Posey:
Wide receiver DeVier Posey will not start the season on the PUP list. Posey is ahead of his recovery from the Achilles injury that he suffered late in the divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots. If Posey can defy the odds, he will force the Texans’ hand to reassess the wide receiver group to open the season.
The time has come and he is going to force the hand of the Texans on what to do with the wide receiver group. The return of Posey means two things for the Texans moving forward:
1. The wide receiver group will get better with a healthy Posey. Posey has learned all three spots and could be an upgrade as the third wide receiver over Keshawn Martin. Either way, Posey can fill in for Andre Johnson or DeAndre Hopkins in a pinch, but he brings another skilled wide receiver to the rotation.
2. Could easily put Lestar Jean on his way out of town and here is the reason why. The Texans have a draft pick in Alan Bonner, who is a gifted player that could possibly develop into another key piece of this offense in the coming seasons. Bonner has been nursing a hamstring injury that has kept him out for close to two weeks but the team will not give up that early on the talented rookie. As for Jean, who is in his third season with the team, he is a feast or famine player. His up and down play and average skill set as a wide receiver looks like he could be done growing as a player. With Bonner's upside and the upgrade with Posey, it could mean the end of the road for Jean in Houston.
This is a good thing for the Texans because Posey is a good player and showed, in a small sample size in 2012, that he can help the team. This has been a situation that is bigger than the Texans but more about how much Posey wanted to come back and contribute to this team in 2013.
His focus and determination has him set to take part in his first practice and that itself should be a sign on how important this game and team are to him.