Houston Texans: Sterling Shepard, 5 possible WR trades
With the news the Houston Texans possibly lost wide receiver Will Fuller for the rest of the year following an injury on Thursday night, a trade is now viable for the first-place team.
When Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller landed painfully in the end zone on his knee in the game against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, there was fear Fuller’s injury was serious as he laid on the ground in pain for a few moments. Even when he walked off the field, the fear was still there.
Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans are fearing Fuller is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Wilson reported the following on Thursday night:
"“Texans starting wide receiver Will Fuller is believed to have torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday night, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.”"
This is just terrible news for the Texans because when Fuller is on the field, the Texans are a much better team. This injury comes off the Thursday night game where rookie Keke Coutee was unable to play as well with a hamstring injury, which has been an issue all season for him as well. Don’t forget, wide receiver Bruce Ellington is also on the injured reserve after being injured for the season in Week 3.
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Like it or not, without Fuller – even with having one of the best wide receivers in all of the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins on their side – the Texans have a problem at wide receiver now. One of the ways to fix that issue for the rest of the this season is to make a trade for one or two wide receivers as the Texans have a realistic opportunity to win the AFC South now with the five straight wins and a 5-3 overall record.
A couple wide receivers have already been traded with Josh Gordon going for a fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots from the Cleveland Browns, and just this week the Dallas Cowboys sent a first round pick to the Oakland Raiders for Amari Cooper.
The market could be there for the Texans to replace Fuller for the rest of this season, as Demaryius Thomas is said to be available via trade with the Denver Broncos, but there are others whom the Texans could possibly trade for as well.
Here are five possible wide receivers the Texans could trade for in the midst of possibly losing Fuller for the rest of the season.