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Old 08-16-2004   #1
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Default Who's the one?

The Texans can only keep 5 receivers...and so far 4 are pretty securely locked up to be on the team. Who's going to be the last guy to make the team?

(I'll admit that I laughed very hard when Starling was run over by Hollings...)
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Default Re: Who's the one?

I assume when you say 4 spots are locked up you're referring to
1.Andre Johnson
2.Bradford
3.Gaffney
4.Armstrong

As far as the 5th wideout goes it will be largely due upon special teams. Duff had a very good showing last night, but if he isn't able to unseat JJ then in all likelihood that 5th spot will belong to him. However, if Duff does unseat JJ then I believe Thomas might make the roster depending on how well he plays on special teams. Right now I'd vote for giving Duff the return duties, and putting Thomas at that 5th WR spot. It's only been one preseason game, so its all up in the air still.
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Default Re: Who's the one?

I think the Texans are going to keep 5 WR's PLUS whoever is the return specialist. Last year they kept 4 RB's (Davis, Hollings, Mack, Wells) but will probably only keep 3 this year. That extra roster spot is probably going to go to WR, where there is an excess of good young players.
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Default Re: Who's the one?

The Texans can keep more than 5 WRs if they want to. They probably won't but they aren't limited to 5.

I really don't see a front runner yet for the #5 position. Lewis has nice size (also dropped a sure TD), Starling has great speed, and Thurman has shown the ability to make difficult catches. Thomas finally made a play or two Saturday night, and Chris Taylor and Albert Johnson are bringing up the rear at the moment IMO.

I think the job is still JJ's to lose but if Duff shows sure hands and adequate yards per return, he could easily be the new return man which has its advantages because Duff can also be used on coverage teams or special DB assignments, etc., whereas JJ's value as anything but a return man is negligible.

Duff's chances just improved because it appeared that Jason Anderson was also going to be used on kickoff returns and now he's done for the year. The Texans won't say it but I think they really want Duff to succeed in order to get more bang out of the roster spot that JJ held last year.
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Default Re: Who's the one?

I saw something on NBC (I believe) last night about the situation. They were talking to Thomas and Taylor. I thought it was a pretty good little segment on the situation. Did anyone else see it...
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Default Re: Who's the one?

Duff did not show me anything this week. He had two fairly large holes to run through and did not. If he wants to unseat JJ he will have to do more then run into everyone. He did not make one guy miss the whole night.
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Default Re: Who's the one?

i think they should give Kendrick Starling a shot at returning kicks.
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