Houston Texans Dream Team: All-Time Starting Lineup

J.J. Watt Houston Texans (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Andre Johnson Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans: Wide Receivers/Tight End

WR: Andre Johnson — Three words come to mind when thinking about Andre Johnson, wide receivers and the Houston Texans all together, and those words are “simply the best.” Johnson set the standard for all wide receivers who ever play for the Texans franchise, and the bar he set might be unachievable for many, if not every Texans wide receiver from here on out.

Johnson brought a winning attitude to the Texans when drafted to the team back in 2003 during the second season in franchise history. From the ’03 season through 2014, Johnson had five 100-plus reception seasons, seven seasons of 1,100-plus yards receiving, five years of 90-plus yards receiving per game, and he led the league in receptions twice and in receiving yards twice.

Johnson leads the Houston Texans as their very best wide receiver in team history with 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 receiving touchdowns. We could go on for hours discussing all the accomplishments by Johnson, but let’s just say no wide receiver was better wearing a Texans uniform.

WR: DeAndre Hopkins — The one player who had a realistic chance to catch Andre Johnson in the record books and make Texans news headlines was DeAndre Hopkins. The wide receiver played seven seasons with the franchise from 2013-19, and is now with the Arizona Cardinals.

Hopkins started all 110 games while a member of the Houston Texans and finished with 632 receptions for 8,602 yards and 54 touchdowns. Hopkins has a lot to offer his new NFL team, but while in Houston he was one of the very best to play for the franchise. He replaced the spot left vacant by Johnson very admirably and is also one of the greatest players to ever wear a Texans uniform.

WR: Kevin Walter — As it has been said before on the pages of the Toro Times, Kevin Walter is maybe the most underrated player to play for the Houston Texans franchise and needs to be mentioned more when discussing franchise history.

Walter is fourth all-time in Texans receiving yards with 4,083, with fifth place being Arian Foster with 2,268 yards. Walter in his time with the Texans (2006-12) totaled 109 games played with a 65.3-percent catch percentage on 499 targets (326 receptions). Walter also finished with 24 receiving touchdowns, which is also fourth in franchise history.

TE: Owen Daniels — When one thinks of great tight ends for the Houston Texans, think no further than Owen Daniels, as he played for the Texans from 2006-13 and is third all-time in receptions for the Texans franchise with 385.

Daniels is also third all-time for the Texans in receiving yards with 4,617 yards in his eight seasons of making Texans news at the now-named NRG Stadium.