Houston Texans: Vyncint Smith will be a vital offensive cog

Houston Texans wide receiver Vyncint Smith (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Houston Texans wide receiver Vyncint Smith (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans wide receiver Vyncint Smith will be vital cog to the team’s offense now that Demaryius Thomas is out for the season. How can help? Look.

The Houston Texans encountered perhaps the worst-case scenario in terms of ensuring that they make an elongated stride through the postseason.  The team has lost two of their last three games and it does have many fans scratching their heads as to what could be unfolding in front of their eyes.

The injuries to Keke Coutee, Senio Kelemete, Kareem Jackson, Johnathan Joseph, Ryan Griffin and Demaryius Thomas‘ devastating Achilles’ injury putting him out for the season is certainly alarming.

The majority of the aforementioned will be fine and ready to go Sunday.

However, it’s getting to the point where all bets are off in if we’ll see Coutee again this season, let alone the postseason.  This hamstring injury is obviously gruesome but it’s a tough pill to swallow knowing how much a tremendous impact he’d make to this offense if he were healthy.

He’ll likely be questionable going into Sunday’s season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars and I’m sure the Houston Texans will rule him out in terms of precaution.

Coutee has caught 28 receptions for 287 yards — 10.3 yards per catch — with one touchdown off 41 targets in six games and two starts.

The production is there when he’s healthy but the team must look at other options in the slot just

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in case he’s not ready.

The team has leaned heavily off DeAndre Carter, who has immensely displayed his versatility by playing on the outside, in the slot and participating in punt/kick returns.  He has been amazingly solid and it’s important to note he had a 50-yard catch against the New York Jets just two weeks when they had to throw him into the fray in the pinch.

But with Demaryius out for the season, the team has had to tap into the resources of undrafted free agent Vyncint Smith, who caught his first NFL touchdown drive last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, in an inspiring, comeback drive by Deshaun Watson.

The speedy rookie out of tiny Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. was an exciting find for the Houston Texans as he was one of fastest players they picked up this season.  His 40-time hovers right a 4.36 so to say he won’t be a deep-ball threat for the Houston Texans, you’ve got another thing coming.

I could see Smith letting loose on “GO” routes all day but I understand that with his limited experience, learning an NFL route tree to diversify his skill set can be a daunting task.  Smith is going to make mistakes but with Watson’s innate ability to make his teammates better by figures out where their strengths are, I think Smith will be a adequate enough to be efficient in this offense.

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He’ll be getting a lot of playing time this Sunday against the Jags so it’s important to keep your eye on his progress as he will likely see a large uptick in targets.

Smith has caught two balls for 63 yards — 31. 5 yards per catch — with one touchdown in six games and one start.