Houston Texans Sign Veteran Wide Receiver Bryant Johnson

Rick BrokawCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2011

WR Bryant Johnson has been signed by the Houston Texans.
WR Bryant Johnson has been signed by the Houston Texans.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Looking to add depth to their WR corps, the Houston Texans signed veteran receiver Bryant Johnson today. Johnson, who comes to Houston from the Detroit Lions, will be competing for a job behind Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, and Jacoby Jones.

Apparently, the Texans' coaching staff has not been overly impressed with what they have seen from some of their other wide receivers. Looking to start the season with five wideouts, this move could spell trouble for some of the fringe receivers who were looking to make the final roster.

Johnson played 14 games for the Lions last season and had 18 receptions for 210 yards, an average of 11.7 yards per catch.

Johnson was supposed to be the second receiver in Detroit but failed to produce the numbers necessary to stay on with the team. In the last two seasons he accrued just 53 receptions for 627 yards and three touchdowns.

While this move could add the needed depth to compliment Walter and Jones, the more plausible explanation for Bryant's signing is that he will be brought in to ratchet up the competition for the fifth roster spot. WR Lestar Jean has been impressive in the preseason and looks to take the fourth spot on the roster.