Houston Texans: 3 well-known free agents that could help roster
2. Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver
OK, stay with me here on former first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, though he’s not lived up to his massive talent as a wide receiver since joining the NFL back in 2014. Benjamin has played for the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs in his career thus far, but even though it has been a rocky road, the talent still has to be with Benjamin.
Benjamin’s best season was his rookie year where he had 1,008 yards receiving on 73 receptions, and in 2016 he totaled 63 receptions for 941 yards. In those seasons, he also caught nine touchdowns in ’14 and seven touchdowns in ’16.
As for his past two seasons, well, those aren’t the fondest of memories because in ’17 with the Bills and Panthers, he totaled 48 receptions for 692 yards in 14 games with three touchdowns, then in ’18 he caught 25 passes for 380 yards and one touchdown in 15 games with the Bills and Chiefs.
Houston could use another wide receiver on the outside, and after having all of the injuries on the outside they had, Benjamin playing opposite of DeAndre Hopkins could be an exciting duo to watch, especially if players like Will Fuller and Keke Coutee are added into the mix, too.
Benjamin is still young enough (28 years old) to be a force in the NFL, and if he can’t be a force, he’s still talented enough to be a player who can contribute with a player like Deshaun Watson as his quarterback, while playing with Hopkins and Co. in 2019.
Adding Benjamin could work, but will he and the Texans be willing to take a chance on each other as the offseason continues?