The Houston Texans have a huge decision to make at wide receiver, and the reason it’s critical is because they lack the depth of playmaking receivers that can carry them, should their star wideout, Andre Johnson, get moved.
Johnson first questioned if Houston was “the place for him,” and sat out mandatory minicamp and OTAs, but now he’s made the trade request official.
Johnson has been one of the league’s top receivers for 11 seasons, with seven 1,000 yard seasons and has hit the 100-reception mark in a season five times. Last season, despite horrible quarterback play, he caught 109 passes for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns. If the Texans lose him, they don’t have many who could fill the void.
Perhaps the best bet would be second year wideout DeAndre Hopkins. He had a solid rookie year, catching 52 passes for 802 yards and two touchdowns. If Johnson leaves, they’ll rely heavily on Hopkins’ breakaway speed to carry the passing game.
Aside from that, the Texans don’t have much else. Ryan Griffin caught 19 passes for 244 yards last season, and DeVier Posey caught 34 for 155.
The Texans don’t have much depth at wide receiver. There should be little doubt now that Andre Johnson will leave the Texans. Once it happens, they’re going to have a very uninspiring receiving core. Unless Hopkins or one of the other young guys has a breakout year, the Texans passing game will not scare opponents during the season.