Ah depth. It is something that has escaped the Texans throughout the history of the franchise, however this year it seems like no matter who goes down someone is waiting to step up.
By no means am I advocating players getting hurt, no fan wants to see their stars on the bench. However, when there are players like Brandon Harris, Brandon Brooks, and Devier Posey all of which the Texans spent a mid-to-high draft pick on not even dressing out it’s tough not to wonder how they could play if given the chance.
DeVier Posey will get just that this week against the Tennessee Titans as Lestar Jean is going to be unavailable with a knee injury. Jean has had a decent year this year in the minimal plays he has been on the field and we certainly don’t expect to see a lot of Posey on Sunday, or the passing game as a whole for that matter, but number 11 on the field at all will be a good sight to see for many Texans fans.
The Texans drafted Posey as Andre Johnson’s successor and while he had an overall lackluster preseason he was a playmaker at Ohio State and has tremendous upside.
Even if this week proves to be Posey’s coming out party, don’t look for Kubiak to make any drastic changes to the lineup. Kevin Walter does everything right whether it is his blocking or crisp routes or overall chemistry with Schaub, Walter will start opposite Andre for at least the remainder of the year. Keyshawn Martin hasn’t proven much but he is definitely a better fit for the slot than Posey based on speed and size alone. That only leaves Lestar Jean for Posey to leapfrog which is certainly a possibility, however, the Texans run four-receiver sets less than just about any team in the league.
The Titans secondary has been porous to say the least this year giving up over 312 yards per game through the air which is good enough for 30th in the league. If Posey is going to put up numbers it stands to reason that he will do so early as the Texans should run away with this one early and will be giving the Titans a steady dose of Foster/Tate in the second half.
While it is unlikely for Posey’s performance in this game to help him much this season, it will make Texans fans much more comfortable when thinking of the not-too-distant future of the franchise without Andre.