Houston Texans: Nico Collins quitely catching up on first-round rookie in receiving yards

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Nico Collins has been getting better lately for the Houston Texans.

So much so that he is gaining ground on a wide receiver who was selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. That player’s name is Kadarius Toney of the New York Giants, who was a surprise pick after how much the Giants spent on bringing Kenny Golladay.

Toney currently has 420 yards to Collins’ 344, but with the Giants shutting down Daniel Jones for the rest of the season, Toney doesn’t bode well. Whereas the Texans are shifting to be more of a pass-first team, so expect Davis Mills to look to Collins in these final two games of the season.

Collins has still yet to hit 100 yards in a game yet, and there is time in the last two games to achieve that, as the Tenessee Titans have given up the seventh-most passing yards to opponents this season.

Nico Collins needs to get the ball more from the Houston Texans

As comfortable as Davis Mills has gotten in the NFL, it would be great if Mills could work in some more targets to his fellow rookie. I’m all for throwing to Brandin Cooks while he’s still here (who knows when Nick Caserio might trade him), but if we’re letting a rookie quarterback be the guy here, then it’s time to let the rookie wide receiver get a lot more looks here as well.

The offensive line having more depth to provide more time for Mills will also help Collins’ receiving yards. We saw what an aggressive passing game could do for the Texans last week, and perhaps they go back to the same formula to steal a win from the San Francisco 49ers.

Collins will surpass Toney for receiving yards on the season when all is said and done.