Even if wide receiver DeVier Posey didn’t tear his Achilles in the Texans’ playoff loss to the Patriots, there’s a good chance the team would have been looking for a wide receiver in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Houston offense was overly reliant on Andre Johnson as a pass catcher before Posey was injured and the now-departed Kevin Walter was second among wideouts with 40 catches last season. The fact that the team has doubts about Posey’s ability to be ready for the season was likely just the icing on the cake baked to welcome DeAndre Hopkins to Houston.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Texans expect Posey to begin the regular season on the physically unable to perform list, which means he would be unavailable to them for at least the first six weeks of the season while rehabbing his injury. Posey, a third-round pick last season, had six catches as a rookie.
With Posey’s outlook in doubt, it would not be much of a surprise to see the Texans select another receiver to go with Hopkins. Lestar Jean and Keshawn Martin are the only other holdovers at the position who caught passes last season and neither one was particularly impactful while doing so.