Houston Texans: Vyncint Smith vying to keep roster spot in 2019
Houston Texans wide receiver Vyncint Smith is entering his second season in the league with a bigger group of competition at his position.
Houston Texans are entering another season with competition at the backend of their roster at the wide receiver position. There has been a lot of turnover at the position since Bill O’Brien was hired to take over the responsibilities as the head coach in 2014.
Texans have drafted Jaelen Strong, Will Fuller, Keith Mumphery, Braxton Miller, and Keke Coutee since 2014 but Fuller and Coutee are the only receivers that remain on the roster entering the 2019 season. Texans have solidified their top receivers in DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller, and Coutee but they have a couple of roster spots up in the air for the taking.
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Vyncint Smith earned a roster spot over Miller after joining the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2018. An intriguing receiver at 6’3 with a mid 4.3 40 yard run in his pro day that he displayed in glimpses to beat NFL defenders deep. Smith was a developmental player with elite measurables that wasn’t able to put it all together after coming out of Division II Limestone football program.
He impressed enough as a rookie in training camp and preseason to warrant a spot in the 53 man roster. However, entering his second in the league he will have to take the next step and be a bigger part of the offense.
Smith was unable to take advantage of his opportunity in his rookie season after Demaryius Thomas and Fuller were ruled out for the remainder of the season with injuries. Smith saw action in seven games and finished with five receptions for 91 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.
Texans have DeAndre Carter, Floyd Allen, Johnnie Dixon, Tyron Johnson, Stephen Louis, Steven Mitchell, Jester Weah, and Isaac Whitney competing for the final roster spots at available at wide receiver. Smith alongside the other receivers will have to prove they can not only play a role in the offense but have the versatility to contribute on special teams.