Last season, the Texans offense was utterly devoid of weapons; Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels represented Matt Schaub's only reliable receiving targets.
DeAndre Hopkins is going to help change that—so is Garrett Graham.
Graham, a long-time benchwarmer, was essentially a poor man's Daniels last season. He had consistent hands and ran solid routes. He was effective in play-action scenarios.
This season, however, Graham is looking to rid himself of the stigma of being a poor man's anyone. He is ready to emerge as a dangerous receiving threat.
And if last friday's game is any indication, he certainly could be. Owen Daniels did not play, which bumped Graham up to the starting tight end spot. There, he immediately established himself as a primary target.
Both Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates looked his way early and often. Graham got open easily, hauling in five of his six targets for a total of 49 yards.
Graham did not do anything flashy. But he did make plays for the offense. And after an inconsistent 2012 season, that is huge for the Texans.