Houston Texans: Kubiak and Smith Should Be Embarrassed by WR Production

Job TennantCorrespondent IIOctober 28, 2011

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Jacoby Jones #12 can't make a catch in the endzone against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium during the season opener on September 11, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Gary Kubiak was often quoted as saying that the Texans didn't need to add another wide receiver to take pressure off of Andre Johnson because Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter together were a good No. 2 receiver. 

Despite the fact that his opinion is immediately negated the first time that the two of them are on the field together (last time I checked there is no No. 2 receiver that can be in two places at one time), even if it were an even comparison, Jones and Walter have done next to nothing to help this offense.

Jacoby Jones has played in all seven games this season, but his numbers are embarrassingly small. Jones has 14 receptions, 203 yards and one touchdown. That comes out to two receptions for 29 yards per game. Jones is currently on pace to have 32 catches for 464 yards and two touchdowns. In the Texans offense, that is nothing.

The Texans are currently the seventh-ranked offense in the NFL. They don't have trouble moving the ball. The offensive line is good, Schaub is a solid quarterback, and the running game demands the respect of the other team's safeties. 

There is no excuse for Jones or Walter not to create more on their own.

Kevin Walter has played in six games this season. In those games, he has 18 receptions, 217 yards and two touchdowns. That breaks down to three catches for 36 yards per game. 

Needless to say, that is not enough for a No. 2 receiver on a good NFL team. If you project his stats out for the rest of the season, he would come up with 45 catches for 542 yards and five touchdowns, which is only good in comparison to Jones' numbers.

Granted, it's not fair to compare a normal receiver with Andre Johnson; but just to have a positive example, it is fair to note that in just over three games, Johnson has 25 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns.

We can't project his stats for the rest of the season, since no one is really sure when he will come back, but it is fair to assume that if he comes back (he will), he will put up much better numbers than anyone else on the team.

If the Texans are wise, they will address this problem sooner rather than later. For as great as Johnson is (an obvious first-ballot Hall Of Fame player), he will lose to Father Time at some point, and the organization better be ready for it.