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Texans bring back Bryant Johnson, pass on Roy Williams

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Roy Williams‘ tryout with the Texans on Thursday garnered more notice, but he wasn’t the only former first rounder showing his wares to the team.

The other guy wound up getting the job. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Bryant Johnson, who played in all 16 games for the Texans last season, was re-signed by the team after the workout. Johnson was the 17th overall pick of the 2003 Draft by the Cardinals, but never wound up with more than 49 catches in his five seasons with the team. He also played for the 49ers and Lions before landing in Houston, where he caught six passes for 90 yards in 2011.

Those aren’t impressive numbers, but the Texans’ interest in the veteran wideouts suggests that they feel they need a little more gray in their young receiving corps. Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter are set as the top two guys with a cast of inexperienced players behind them. While the Texans have high hopes for Lestar Jean, 2012 third-round pick DeVier Posey and 2012 third-round pick Keshawn Martin, they also obviously also cognizant of the benefits of having someone who already knows the offense.

McClain reports that the Texans also signed linebacker Keyaron Fox as a free agent. Fox, a third-round pick of the Chiefs in 2004, played 13 games with the Redskins last year and had 10 tackles. He had previously been a key part of the special teams in Pittsburgh and that will be his role if he remains with the Texans into the season.

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5 Responses to “Texans bring back Bryant Johnson, pass on Roy Williams”
  1. jdmonte11 says: Jul 26, 2012 6:20 PM

    Damnit he hardly even got on the field last year. All we are doing is bringing in a vet WR who knows our system

  2. essentialsausage says: Jul 26, 2012 6:36 PM

    Man. Things must have become pretty bad for Roy Williams if he can’t even beat out Bryant Johnson for a job.

  3. Xenu D. Alien says: Jul 26, 2012 9:02 PM

    Too bad they didn’t sign Chad Johnson, they could’ve had A. Johnson, B. Johnson and C. Johnson at WR.

  4. hcat44 says: Jul 26, 2012 9:07 PM

    Roy: come on guys! I at least caught one pass! I promise not to drop anymore!

  5. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 26, 2012 9:29 PM

    Maybe he can get a job acting….

    He can star in the new Butterfingers commercial

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