With chronic needs at receiver, the Texans attempted to address the situation in part by investing a third-round pick in former Ohio State wideout DeVier Posey. But Posey played in only three games last year, thanks to a pair of five-game suspensions.
So now Posey has to get himself up to speed, after basically a year off.
“When his conditioning level gets better, his talents will take over,” coach Gary Kubiak recently said, via David Dalati of FOXSportsHouston.com. “He’s a hard worker. He’s one of the last guys leaving here every day and that’s important.”
It could take Posey a while to get to where he needs to be. ”They say it’s not hot yet,” Posey said. ”But it doesn’t feel like this in Ohio.”
Posey concedes that the suspensions — one from selling his 2008 Big Ten title ring and one from being overpaid on a summer job — may have knocked him down the draft board. ”Maybe, in a way. You can’t really speak on hypothetical situations,” Posey said. ”That’s one thing my mother always taught me — God has a plan for you. No matter what it is, you have to learn how to adjust and handle adversity.”
So far, there’s no adversity in Houston.
“I feel like I belong here. I feel like I’m wanted,” Posey said. ”They told me my expectations. They want me to meet them every day. They expect a lot out of me and I expect a lot out of myself. I want to be great. I feel like this is the right place with the right team and the right players.”
For the Texans, it’s also the right time for some young receivers to step up. With only two wideouts on the roster who have ever played in a regular-season NFL game, Posey will be counted on to contribute right away.