Cecil's Short List: WRs the Houston Texans Should Target in Free Agency

With Demaryius Thomas gone and the health concerns for Fuller and Coutee, where do the Texans turn?

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February 19, 2019 - 4:38 pm

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Everyone knows that Deshaun Watson was sacked an NFL-high 62 times last season. Everyone knows that the Texans had the 28th-ranked secondary in 2018. Those are on everyone's mind going into the 2019 NFL Draft and free agency.

But former Houston Texans' wide receiver, Cecil Shorts, says that the Texans should be looking at the wide receiver after cutting Demaryius Thomas and the other issues the wide receiver room had last season. 

Can you rely on Will Fuller to be healthy a whole season? Is Keke Coutee's hamstring 100%? Can Vyncint Smith lineup correctly?

Here are Cecil Short's top free-agent wide receivers* the Houston Texans should target in the 2019 free agency period.

(*Warning, they are not the BIG names you've heard about on social media. They're hungry for success, they will accept and will work extremely hard in their role.)


1. Chris Hogan - 30

Chris Hogan will turn 31 this year and is the ultimate role wide receiver. Last season with the New England Patriots, Hogan had 532 yards and was the number three or four receiver. He knows his assignments, makes plays when the ball is thrown his way. He's a big guy and can play inside or outside, and understand that he may have to run down the field on kick-offs.

2. Dontrelle Inman - 31

He's a very humble guy who understands what is at stake. He's about to turn 31 and understands his role. While in San Diego, he was the third or fourth wide receiver where he stepped into and perform well in the number two role when Keenan Allen or other receivers were hurt. He runs down on kick-offs and punts. He does everything and understands his role.

3. Jermaine Kearse - 29

It's hard to find a receiver that will understand and be humble enough to play their role. In special teams, I've watched him run down and make the biggest hit on punt coverage. He embraces the role. He also caught the game-winning touchdown pass to put Seattle into the playoffs, so he's made big plays in big games.

4. Jordan Matthews - 26

Jordan is younger, but he knows the slot position well. With Coutee and Fuller injured last season, he's a guy who can play outside, inside, run, and he's a HUGE target that will catch the ball when you throw it his way. 

5. Rishard Matthews

Rishard had some good years in Tennessee and might have had some frustrations with the offense, but I think he could be a valid target for Deshaun Watson if the Texans' were to sign him.