Houston Texans: 3 players with most to gain from the Randall Cobb trade

Houston Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee (16) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson, Houston Texans
Alex Erickson #12 now of the Houston Texans (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson  comes over to the Houston Texans after being a consistent role player his first few seasons in the NFL.

Another newcomer to the Texans, Erickson is an interesting player that can do a few things for the team. In his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Erickson returned punts and kicks, as well as playing wide receiver.

Erickson’s best season was in 2019 when he caught 43 passes for 529 yards. Half of his production that season came after the catch. So he not only shows an ability to get open, but can make something after. He has only been into the end zone once in his NFL career however, so hopefully that changes in 2021 with the Houston Texans.

In his short time with the team, the Wisconsin Badger has gained the respect and attention of local media with his effort in training camp, including the following tweet by @BigSargeSportz:

After Anthony Miller, Erickson has the best shot at replacing Randall Cobb this season. Ultimately, the former Bengal finds a role with the Texans as a depth receiver, and a chance to return kicks which is a need for the team this season.

The Houston Texans also added return specialist Andre Roberts this offseason, and though it seems returning punts and kickoffs is his job, Erickson’s ability and experience as a returner along with his efforts as a receiver give the Texans flexibility to use a roster spot on him.

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Competition will be nice to see this training camp and preseason from here on out as the Houston Texans have some important decisions to make moving forward.