Texans are signing wide receiver Quan Bray to the 90-man preseason roster. This move was first reported by his sports agency, Universal Sports & Entertainment Management.
Prior to signing with the Houston Texans, wide receiver Quan Bray spent his first three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills after going undrafted in 2015.
Bray is the third player on offense that general manager Brian Gaine has brought from the Buffalo Bills. Bray won’t be entering an unknown locker room, he’ll also be joining his former Auburn teammates fullback Jay Prosch, offensive lineman Chad Slade and wide receiver Sammie Coates.
The Texans really don’t need another receiver taking snaps on offense, as Bray has only had six receptions for 75 yards in his short NFL career. This transaction makes a lot of more sense from a special teams perspective where he has an accumulated a total of 1,545 return yards.
During the four years since Bill O’Brien took over as head coach, the Texans have only had one touchdown from special teams. That sole touchdown occurred a couple of seasons ago when rookie Will Fuller took a 67-yard punt return all the way to the end zone.
Bray, in his prior three seasons in the NFL, has had 48 kick returns and 45 punt returns, averaging 25.6 yards per kick return and 7.0 yards per punt return.
To put that in perspective with his other competitors, Tyler Ervin has returned 19 kicks and 35 punts in his career. He has averaged 18.7 yards per kick return and 9.2 yards per punt return.
Meanwhile, Braxton Miller has returned three kicks and four punts, averaging 13.7 yards per kick return and 3.2 yards per punt return. Those numbers are relatively small to make a judgment, but this signing will create much-needed competition in the return game.