Midseason Report Card: Wide Receivers
Patrick D. Starr
In this midseason report card we look at the Texans wide receivers.
I am still waiting for Jacoby Jones to step up and be what Head Coach Gary Kubiak expects him to be. We gave him a N because he shows flashes of being a playmaker (like against the Ravens and Colts) and then he goes dormant for all of the other games. In eight games he only has 17 receptions which are totally not NFL results. He only has one receiving touchdown and his long reception is only 32 yards, this is disappointing for the “speed” guy for the Texans receivers. Let’s hope he decides to turn on his performance for the remaining weeks.
Kevin Walter graded out at a B, and has been a big part of the Texans offense since Andre Johnson went out. He is a quality receiver when he is included in the game plan and stepped up big when Johnson was out during the Oakland game and showed why he is on this team still. He has 287 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns, and if they can get him involved when Johnson comes back, Schaub will have more confidence in passing game if they can get him involved.
Andre Johnson get a A despite his injury. He still leads the wide receivers in yards with 352 and averaged 14.1 yards a reception. Johnson was having a great season before hurting his hamstring against the Steelers, but getting him healthy is the most important thing for the Texans to do right now.
Derrick Mason gets an incomplete, and he is still learning the playbook as we speak. He had trouble lining up against the Jaguars on Sunday, which proves he is still working on his knowledge of the playbook. I would like to see him more involved in the offense, but coming so late in the season I think it will be a long shot right now.
Bryant Johnson was brought here to provide depth, but he has not even cracked the rotation. He fills in on spot duty and has 2 catches to his credit, but I give him a N because he has been here long enough to make some impact in the game.