Though not the biggest sleeper on this list, Keshawn Martin has been placed in the backseat of the wide receiver competition since the day he was drafted.
Lestar "Big Play" Jean, the fan favorite, and DeVier Posey, the team's third-round pick, were the two receivers who were expected to battle it out for the No. 3 receiving job. Keshawn Martin, on the other hand, was thought of by many, including myself, as just a return specialist.
Now, however, it is Martin who is making the most out of his opportunity and proving his doubters wrong. After the first week of training camp, Martin is listed ahead of both Jean and Posey on the first edition of the Texans' depth chart.
According to head coach Gary Kubiak, the young speedster has big-play potential.
“He’s got great speed,” said Kubiak. “He can catch some little ones and turn them into real big ones. That’s what you look for in the pass game. You don’t have time to sit back there and wait on things to get way down the field, but you can throw a slam, a guy can make somebody miss and go to the house; that’s what you want.”
Matt Schaub, also, has been impressed with Martin in training camp so far, and offers these words of commendation.
“As a quarterback, the best thing you can do is throw a five-yard route and turn it into a 30-yard gain,” said quarterback Matt Schaub. “The change in direction and the wiggle that he has in his routes really gives you that opportunity.”
Martin has shown excellent route running ability so far in camp, and his hands have been extremely dependable so far, an important trait for a young receiver.
The play-making potential that initially caused the Texans to notice Martin as a possible replacement punt returner for Jacoby Jones may just end up the reason for Martin's victory over Jean and Posey for the No. 3 receiving slot.