The Houston Texans have remained relatively quiet in free agency this offseason. Their biggest moves were re-signing their own players like cornerback Kareem Jackson, quarterback Ryan Mallett and tackle Derek Newton. The top outside free agents they have snagged were quarterback Brian Hoyer and free safety Rahim Moore.
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There are still rumors of the team pursuing free agent defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Wilfork worked with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennell in New England. There are also other New England ties in their moves, head coach Bill O’Brien was a quarterbacks coach, then offensive coordinator in New England while both Mallett and Hoyer were there.
While things seem slow the team is still actively working behind the scenes to try and acquire more talent. Recently the Minnesota Vikings traded for receiver Mike Wallace from the Miami Dolphins. Wallace is considered a deep threat and has been a huge playmaker in the past.
Minnesota has another guy who has been a deep threat, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The former Tennessee Volunteer was supposed to break out last season after finishing his rookie campaign in a positive way. That never happened, as he picked up only 384 yards and a touchdown on 33 receptions in 2014.
Patterson did add 117 yards and a touchdown rushing last season, but still fell shy of his rookie campaign. His numbers were all higher his rookie year of 2013 where he had 469 yards receiving with four touchdowns, 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns, plus two more scores on kick returns.
In 2014 there was much more pressure on the young man to be a top target, and he was not able to deliver. The Texans must believe that if he was a number two option he could regain some of that rookie year magic. Reports from former Viking linebacker and commentator, Pete Bercich claim the Texans have tried to see what it would take to pry the multi-faceted weapon from the Vikes.
Maybe nothing comes from this, but it would be an interesting pairing with current starting receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans would have two speedsters that can stretch a defense. Patterson would also become a dangerous option on the return team as well.
While it appears Minnesota may not have a big interest in trading Patterson at the moment, that could always change depending on what is offered to them.
However it plays out, it is nice to know that the team is still looking at any way possible to make a move to improve their team.