Houston Texans Rumors: Dez Bryant should be an option at wide receiver

Potential Houston Texans free agent target Dez Bryant (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Potential Houston Texans free agent target Dez Bryant (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans need to add depth at wide receiver but haven’t yet. Let’s take a look at why they should consider signing Dez Bryant for depth.

The Houston Texans have put plenty of resources and assets into solidifying the offense around their star, franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson. After a terrible start to the season last year, they ripped off ten wins in a row.

A major key to the slow start was putrid protection from the offensive line and part of the historic streak was Watson and his brilliance. However, through it all, there still wasn’t enough around Watson down the wire when injuries and fatigue came into play.

So, in order to bridge the gap between the highs and the lows, the Texans needed to add pieces around Watson in an attempt to truly transform this team into a contender. They didn’t make the splash moves that some wanted but they added pieces across the board trying to fill multiple holes.

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The Houston Texans started in free agency when they signed offensive tackle Matt Kalil and tight end Darren Fells. They also re-signed offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, who got hurt halfway through week one of the 2018 season. They weren’t done addressing the protection issues, however, as they added offensive tackles Tytus Howard and Max Scharping in the first and second rounds of the NFL draft.

The hope is that between those five guys, that the protection for Watson will be incrementally better and the offensive will improve by leaps and bounds by default. However, behind raw tight end prospect Kahale Warring, the Texans didn’t add any more weapons to surround Watson with.

Many expected the Houston Texans to add a running back with Lamar Miller seemingly at the beginning of a decline and D’Onta Foreman still slowly working his way back from an Achilles injury. But, they only added a full back who is better as a special teams ace.

There were also issues with the wide receiving core for Watson to throw to. DeAndre Hopkins was an incredible stalwart, as always. Behind him, there was a lot of talent but it was talent that couldn’t stay on the field. Will Fuller was hurt yet again, this time with a torn ACL. Rookie Keke Coutee couldn’t get over nagging hamstring issues. Then, they traded for Demaryius Thomas who subsequently tore his Achilles.

Fuller has been an ideal complement to Hopkins but he can’t stay healthy. Coutee’s hamstring issues should, hopefully, be behind him after months of rest and recovery. Thomas is now on the Patriots and the rest of the depth chart consists of DeAndre Carter and Vyncint Smith. So, the team could look to add a bargain veteran to help fill up to the depth chart to ensure Watson has reliable targets to get the ball to.

Dez Bryant just so happens to be available at what should be a bargain price. I know, I know. It seems counterintuitive to add a wide receiver coming off of an Achilles injury to bolster the depth chart of an injury-riddled receiving core. But, the thing is, Bryant already looks to be getting back into football shape and the main portion of offseason programming hasn’t even begun yet.

Bryant posted this video of himself about two weeks ago running routes at a high speed and even slipping and falling. That’s pretty remarkable considering his less than 8 months removed from his Achilles injury.

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Bryant is still only 30 years old, which is remarkable considering how long it feels like he’s been in the league. If he can bounce back after the Achilles injury he could, without a doubt, provide a tremendous amount of value to a team needing some wide receiver depth like the Houston Texans.

It would definitely be a risk but it is a risk that the Texans should be willing to take to ensure Watson has as many reliable and available hands as possible to put the ball in. Watson is a special, special player. If the Texans brass can surround him with a lot of high level talent, the sky could be the limit for this young passer.

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The Houston Texans still managed nearly 4,200 yards through the air even with a putrid offensive line and a hurt, inconsistent wide receivers behind Hopkins. Adding Bryant has a lot of upside and not much downside.