This offseason the Houston Texans need to target Adam Humphries to add to their wide receiver depth.
Most football fans that watch the Houston Texans can quickly realize that the biggest position of need for them is the offensive line. Digging a little deeper reveals a position just as thin though, wide receiver.
Two of the Texans top three wide receivers all went down with injuries for prolonged stretches this past season. Houston attempted to remedy this by trading for Demaryius Thomas, but he too went down with an injury. The Texans had to turn to their practice squad to even fill out their roster as the season went on.
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Thomas is now gone, released by the team a few weeks ago, and it has left the Texans with major depth concerns. Brian Gaine, Houston’s general manager, could look to the draft to help fill the role. However, with major issues to the offensive line and secondary, it’s doubtful the Texans would use a draft pick on another receiver.
Enter Adam Humphries, restricted free agent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the 2018 offseason, Tampa Bay placed a second-round tender on Humphries. If the Texans wanted to sign Humphries, they would have to give a second round pick to the Buccaneers.
It just so happens to be, that Houston has an extra second round pick this year, coming from the trade that sent Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks two seasons ago. With nearly $78 million in cap space, the move to acquire the 25-year-old wide receiver is more than possible for Houston.
Humphries is entering his fifth year in the league, and is coming off a career season. Over his time in Tampa Bay, Humphries has caught nearly 220 passes — catching more than 50 balls in each of the last three seasons — and has amassed over 2,300 receiving yards. Humphries has emerged as a workhorse for the Bucs, only missing one game in the last three season, something only one Texans wideout can claim as well, DeAndre Hopkins.
Another reason to consider Humphries, is his collegiate connections with quarterback Deshaun Watson and Hopkins. Humphries senior year overlapped with Watson’s freshman campaign, and he played two seasons with Hopkins. The pre-established connections that these players built while in college cannot be underestimated, and could provide dividends on the field.
Humphries would bring much-needed depth to a battered Texans wide receiver corp. Will Fuller and Keke Coutee have yet to prove that they can last an entire season.
If Houston is looking to make a run at a Lombardi Trophy, receiver depth is a must, and Humphries could prove to be a piece to the puzzle.