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Coming off an injury-ridden season in 2011, Andre Johnson wowed the league last season by putting up career numbers. He will continue to be Matt Schaub’s favorite target.
The Texans' first-round pick, DeAndre Hopkins will need to produce right away. And by all accounts, he is certainly ready. His route-running ability is beyond his years, and he can catch any ball that is thrown remotely close to him. He will be exciting to watch during training camp.
Crafty and quick, Keshawn Martin will likely be the Texans’ slot receiver come the start of the season. He will also contribute heavily as a punt and kick returner.
After suffering an Achilles tear in the divisional round of the playoffs, DeVier Posey is progressing well in his rehab. He was coming on strong at the end of last season, and when he finally returns healthy to the Texans, he will hopefully continue to produce.
When Alan Bonner’s name was called in the sixth round of the NFL draft, many Texans fans scratched their heads. Bonner—hailing from Jacksonville State—was a relative unknown.
But after rookie minicamp and OTAs, fans quickly found out why Gary Kubiak was so high on the sleeper wide receiver. Bonner has big-play potential, and his pure speed will allow him to contribute on special teams.
The annual training camp darling, Lestar Jean didn’t live up to the hype in the regular season last year. He was unable to produce on a consistent basis, and now, with the emergence of Alan Bonner in the offseason, his roster spot is in jeopardy.
Out of all the undrafted receivers, Mike Smith out of UConn has the best chance of sticking with the Texans after training camp. Apparently, the Texans called Smith on draft day and informed him that they really wanted to select him, but they did not have a seventh-round pick. The Texans quickly scooped him in the free-agency pool, and it appears they are very intrigued by his skill set.
The Texans really, really like Jeff Maehl. Unfortunately, they’ve never been able to find a spot on the roster for him. He spent all of last season on the practice squad, and he might be subject to the same fate for much of 2013.
Undrafted out of Syracuse, Alec Lemon will have to perform at an unbelievable level in order to stick with the Texans past training camp. The Texans don’t have much room at wide receiver, and Lemon likely won’t be part of the future.
Undrafted out of Miami Ohio, Andy Cruse’s prospects are bleak for making the Texans’ 2013 roster. The Texans have depth at wide receiver, and there are several more talented receivers competing for one of the final spots.