Houston Texans Add Another Potential Weapon to their Offense

O.J. Howard. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
O.J. Howard. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have signed tight end, O.J. Howard for the upcoming season. What can he provide this Texans offense?

The Houston Texans are in a position to be a team that surprises this year. However, the one thing that I feel a lot of people are questioning is the depth they have on the offensive side of the ball. Once you count out Brandin Cooks, Nico Collins, Dameon Pierce, and Brevin Jordan, there really is just not a lot to work with.

Now, let’s also be clear that it’s not like they didn’t make moves to try and help out the depth. They got former Alabama receiver, John Metchie III in this years draft. However, he will now be out for the season while he gets the proper treatment needed to battle his cancer.

So, now going into the season, they’d be lining up a very questionable offense against a very tough AFC conference. So, improving their anyway they can should be a priority. And they just did.

After being cut by the Buffalo Bills only a day or two ago, the Houston Texans have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end, O.J. Howard. Now, this without a doubt was a signing meant to add depth. However, let’s not forget that only a couple year ago, Howard was a top tight end in the league. It was only after the Buccaneers signed Gronkowski that Howard seemed to lose his spot.

When Rob Gronkowski showed up again, Howard became the odd man out in Tampa due to Cameron Brate also being there. Howard can still play and him getting out of Tampa was the best thing he could have possibly done for himself. He was criminally underutilized in Tampa because Brate couldn’t block which means Howard was the primary blocking tight end there.

Now, the Texans have a tight end who can block very well and also be a great addition to the receiving game. If the Texans can find a way to transition their playbook to a two tight end set with Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins out wide, I think the Texans offense could be a very dynamic offense.