During the time where the Houston Texans aren’t playing any football games and the team is getting things prepared for summer camps, it is always fun to think about past players and how they would mix in with the current roster of the Texans.
Today, let’s take a look back at the past of the Texans and combine it with the present and future of the franchise by thinking about three former players from the franchise who are extremely needed for the ’22 season, as they would help make the team competitive once again when they were in their prime.
To make it more interesting, the names Arian Foster, Andre Johnson or J.J. Watt won’t be appearing on the list because the three greatest players to ever wear the Houston uniform are already a given to make any Houston roster better when they were at their best.
We will have one all-time great on this list though, because he should have never been traded in the first place, but more on him below.
The players that will be mentioned will be players who will be an upgrade at the spot if there were on the team, and players maybe the Texans should have never let get away in the first place.
The following three former Houston Texans players would make the ’22 team better
Texans Stats (7 seasons)
- 632 receptions
- 8,602 yards receiving
- 54 touchdowns
Let’s face it … even though it has been a couple seasons now, there is still some pain in the fact that Houston doesn’t have DeAndre Hopkins, and looking at how that trade has turned out for Houston, well, it wasn’t a win-win, to say the least.
David Johnson is no longer with the franchise and he didn’t produce much in his tenure with Houston (214 carries, 919 yards, six rushing TD’s). The trade also included a second-round pick that turned into defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, who is still with the team, and a fourth-round pick as well, which the Texans traded.
As for Hopkins, at his best with the Texans he was one of the greatest players to ever wear the uniform, and if he were on this current roster, Hopkins would have made Davis Mills so much better his rookie season.
Houston has added John Metchie to the mix, drafting him in the second round of the ’22 NFL Draft, but Hopkins is a future Hall of Fame candidate with over 10,000 career receiving yards.
Hopkins makes all quarterbacks better, and he’s a player Houston could really use this upcoming ’22 season, even with the wide receiver scheduled to miss the first six games this upcoming season due to a suspension.