Houston Texans: Training Camp Preview

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Aug 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Alan Bonner (16) watches his team warm up before the game between the Texans and the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Dolphins 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

1. Slot Spot

Although there is speculation on whether or not Andre Johnson will suit up for the Texans this year, one thing is for certain, he is one of the best receivers in the league. Hopefully the Texans and Johnson will be able to come to an agreement. Johnson demands a defense’s full attention which will make the slot receiver position even more valuable.

Houston Texans head coach, Bill O’Brien, and wide receiver Wes Welker built an excellent relationship in New England. O’Brien was an offensive assistant coach the year and Walker was able to pile up 112 catches for 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns. It was there that O’Brien saw just how effective and integral the slot receiver position was to an offense, and it is expected that he will place an emphasis on it in Houston.

Keshawn Martin was close to filling that role in previous seasons, but the offense is different now. Look for veteran Mike Thomas and second-year player Alan Bonner to compete in this position too.

The player that rises to the top of this group has the chance to have a major impact on the Houston Texans 2014 offense.