Early Texans bubble watch after 2020 NFL Draft additions

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1. Kenny Stills, Wide Receiver

Here is an interesting way to look at the Houston Texans roster for 2020. If the Texans release or trade Kenny Stills this offseason, there would be no dead cap money, and the salary cap would save $7 million for this season.

Now, the question is: do the Texans see that much value in the veteran wide receiver? Last year in his first season with the Texans (seventh overall NFL season), Stills caught 40 passes for 561 yards and four touchdowns, as he averaged 14 yards per reception, which was down from his ’18 season with the Dolphins where he averaged 14.9 ypr. with 37 receptions and six touchdowns that season.

Give Stills credit, he did well in replacement of the oft-injured Will Fuller and had to share targets with DeAndre Hopkins, but Stills could save the Texans a lot of money in an offseason where things are very uncertain for all 32 NFL teams when it comes to potential funds from various outlets.

Plus, the Texans just spent a lot of cash on left tackle Laremy Tunsil and will be paying franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson even more, so we all know the Texans are counting their pennies as of late.

Also, the Houston Texans still have others on the roster whom they must feel are solid wide receivers, and maybe the final receiver spot will be between Stills or Keke Coutee, as Coutee is a lot cheaper with his contract numbers compared to Stills.

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There are others on the roster bubble, but as far as a few standout names, these three sort of jump off the page. These players should be watched heavily this offseason as they are on a roster bubble of sorts, for either their level of play or contract value, which continues to make this offseason very interesting for the Houston Texans.