Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Lacoltan Bester (11) beats Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Eddie Jackson (4) for a reception during the second half of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
John Harris of the official Houston Texans site wrote “21 Training Camp Observations,” on Sunday, and one of the observations in the article caught my attention.
The observation on his list that caught my attention was No. 14, and here it is:
"“It’s hard to imagine that two months ago, Lacoltan Bester was an unsigned player on a tryout. He’s made an impression, including on a diving catch in 7-on-7 from Tom Savage.”"
That observation made me look up and research Bester and here are some items I found on him:
• Bester played at Oklahoma, as he stands at 6-3 and weighs 208 pounds.
• He ran an average time of 4.66 in the 40-yard dash, with a low time of 4.56.
• In 2013, Bester caught 27 passes for 392 yards, an average of 14.5 yards per reception. His longest reception was 47 yards in 2013.
In May an ESPN Insider article said of the former Oklahoma receiver:
"“Bester will have to impress on special teams first if he hopes to make the roster.”"
Bester also had one rush for 35 yards last season, and he also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass in his one attempt of the season for the Sooners.
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Maybe Bester can improve and impress enough for the Texans to have a battle for the No. 3 or No. 4 spots at wide receiver. Plus as the ESPN Insider article … maybe Bester could be a player on the Texans’ special teams.
Either way, if he can help make the Texans a better team, his free agent signing could prove to be a big deal for this offseason.
We also have to realize training camp is just a couple days in, but it is nice for this team to have some optimism for a change after the mess of the 2013 season.