Houston Texans: 10 players who could be gone in 2016

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Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) reacts as he walks off the field after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Washington, Wide Receiver

Veteran receiver Nate Washington has put together a stellar career for himself over the past 11 seasons. His season in Houston also has been a good one. With 39 catches, 543 yards and three scores, Washington has been the solid veteran presence the team needed after starting a youth movement at the position.

Now things look different for the Texans as Cecil Shorts III has started to come into his own and DeAndre Hopkins is proving to be one of the best in the entire league. The team also has two promising rookies in Keith Mumphery and Jaelen Strong.

Mumphery for some reason keeps getting more playing time than Strong, who impressed big time in his first action by hauling in two touchdown catches. To get these young guys more chances, Washington may not be brought back for a second season.

If he is brought back, it would most likely mean Strong sees a lot of time on the bench again in 2016, which would make many wonder why the team even bothered to move up and get him in the draft.

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