Texans Starting Slot Receiver Steps Up

Jason Schandl
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is full of praise for the team's new starting slot receiver.
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is full of praise for the team's new starting slot receiver. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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It's no secret that the Houston Texans' receiving corps will look a lot different this year, with DeAndre Hopkins out of the mix. They're loaded with speedy threats on the outside, adding Brandin Cooks to a group of burners that already included Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. But a passing game needs to be able to work in the underneath areas as well.

That's why it's such great news that free agent acquisition Randall Cobb is receiving such high praise from head coach Bill O'Brien.

After breaking out in his second NFL season back in 2012 with the Green bay Packers, Cobb eventually fell off the radar, with a nadir of 383 receiving yards in an injury-plagued 2018 campaign.

He quietly had a bounce-back season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, however, catching 55 passes for 828 yards, averaging a career best 15.1 yards per reception.

Still just 30 years old, it seems like Cobb still has plenty left in the tank, and that's great news for Deshaun Watson and the Texans' offense.

With Cooks, Fuller and Stills working deep while Cobb and David Johnson threaten defenses on shorter routes, the loss of Hopkins may not prove to be all that costly for Houston.

At +320, FanDuel Sportsbook still gives the Texans just the third-best odds to win the AFC South in 2020.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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