XFL Week 1: 3 Players for the Houston Texans to watch

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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 25: Sammie Coates Jr. #18 of the Houston Texans on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

3. Sammie Coates, WR

Some are saying Sammie Coates could become the best wide receiver in the entire XFL, and the best news for the Houston Texans is Coates is a member of the Houston Roughnecks, so if the Texans want to watch Coates, he’s within walking distance for their scouts.

Coates has played in 45 games during his four seasons in the NFL as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and the Texans. In those 45 games (six starts), Coates totaled 29 receptions (64 targets) for 528 yards and two career touchdowns. Coates averaged 18.2 yards per reception in his four seasons, and his career-high reception was 72 yards.

All of that said, Coates from 2015-18 was a wide receiver who never really took the league by storm after being drafted in the third round by the Steelers.

But now it is a new start for Coates — who last offseason was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs before playing a game for them — and it is going to be very interesting to see how productive he can be with the Roughnecks, because a lot of eyes are going to be on him as he battles in the XFL.

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