Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Keith Mumphery (12) stiff arms Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley (17) during the game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t know what exactly the coaching staff sees in rookie wide receiver Keith Mumphery, but it is time to give it up already. As a punt returner, he is nothing special. He had six punt returns for an average of nine yards per return.
I understand that is not terrible, but he isn’t breaking any big plays, and let’s be honest, he isn’t fast or elusive enough to do so.
Also, keeping the fifth round pick active for his return duties has forced the team to put third round pick, Jaelen Strong on the bench as an inactive receiver.
Why trade up in the third round to get the 6’3″ receiver if you don’t plan to use him. One thing Strong showed during his time at Arizona State is he is a gamer who can change momentum with one play.
Mumphery on the other hand was seldom used at Michigan State and that was for a reason. A dropped pass early in the game hurt the team and showed why he is a liability on the field offensively for Houston.
Instead of using him, it would seem smarter to get Chandler Worthy back on punts. The undersized receiver from Troy took one kickoff back 27 yards today and made a nice play for a 12 yard gain on a short pass as well.
Worthy has the speed and elusiveness Mumphery lacks to contribute on punt returns. Strong has the size and ability as a receiver Mumphery lacks. So just like with another average-at-best player from Michigan State, quarterback Brian Hoyer, it is time to get over whatever crush is going on and put him where he belongs. The bench.
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