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The Houston Texans keep adding veteran players to their roster this week as former rival, now friend Donte Moncrief has signed a one-year deal with the franchise.
Moncrief has previously played for the Indianapolis Colts for four seasons (2014-17), followed by stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2018), Carolina Panthers (2019), Pittsburgh Steelers (2019) and the New England Patriots (2020).
Last season with the Patriots, Moncrief was targeted twice for one receptions for 15 yards. He also hasn’t had a touchdown reception since the 2018 season, where he had three with the Jaguars. Also in ’18 with Jacksonville, Nike Donte Moncrief Jersey, Moncrief made 48 receptions on 89 targets for 668 yards, averaging a career-best 15 yards per reception.
Moncrief has never had a 1,000-yard receiving season, with his most productive season being 2015 where he caught 64 receptions (104 targets) for 733 yards and six touchdowns with the Colts.
What Can Donte Moncrief provide the Houston Texans in 2021?
Since the Houston Texans didn’t resign Will Fuller in free agency (who has since joined the Miami Dolphins) the Texans needed to fill the vacated spot, and there is still some potential that has been left untapped with Moncrief in his career.
Currently, the wide receiver depth chart includes Brandin Cooks, Isaiah Coulter, Chris Moore, Andre Roberts, Keke Coutee, Chad Hansen, Steven Mitchell Jr., and Randall Cobb. Some won’t see the field in 2021, while others will be special teams players and have a reserve role on the roster.
Where Moncrief fits within the Houston Texans offense is interesting because he hasn’t had much success as of late. In ’18, Moncrief had his career-best reception of 80 yards while playing for the Jaguars, but the last three seasons haven’t been kind to the wide receiver.
In ’19, Moncrief totaled just four receptions on 15 targets for 18 yards while playing for the Steelers and Panthers, and in ’20 he played in six games with the Patriots, but didn’t stand out with one reception on two targets for 15 yards.
Moncrief will most likely get more opportunity with the Texans, and that most likely won’t matter if the starting quarterback is Deshaun Watson, Tyrod Taylor or even Ryan Finley. Moncrief has a nice opportunity in front of him to regroup his career, and maybe get back to the player he was back in ’18 or even in ’15 if all the stars align.
It will be worth watching to see the role of Moncrief in 2021 for the Texans. Moncrief isn’t the player that Will Fuller is, but don’t be surprised if he gets the snaps vacated by Fuller, at least that what it seems like will happen with this current roster. From the looks of things, the three main receivers for the Texans will be Cooks, Cobb and Moncrief.
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Things have changed for the Texans over the past two to three seasons, and this signing at least gives the Texans a chance, but as of how things stand in mid-to-late March, Moncrief isn’t an upgrade over Fuller for 2021.
Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio and alleged team ‘culture-killa’ Jack Easterby continued overloading the Houston Texans roster in the name of competition yesterday. This time, they brought in yet another Cleveland Brown castoff, wide receiver Taywan Taylor.
Texans have signed former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taywan Taylor to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum, according to a league source.
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 20, 2021
Prior to his selection by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Taylor was projected as a third or fourth round pick. In his first season with the Titans, Taylor was targeted 26 times; he caught 16 passes for 231 yards and 1 touchdown. In 2018, he was targeted 55 times, catching 37 passes for 466 yards and 1 touchdown. This earned him his highest career PFF overall grade of 70.0 for the season. Promising!
In August of 2019, the Titans traded Taylor to the Cleveland Brown for a 2020 seventh round draft pick. So much for promising. In 2019, Taylor was the target of one pass. Yeah, one. And he didn’t catch it. This is where “promising” goes to die. In 2020, Taylor was again targeted once and failed to catch the ball. Let’s shovel more dirt on the grave of “promising”.
For his career, Taylor has started ten games over the last four seasons, catching 53 of the 86 passes thrown his way, averaged 19.9 yards per game, Authentic Steven Mitchell Jersey, and scored 2 touchdowns. His PFF overall career grade is 55.97. Taylor will join a receiving corps featuring Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Keke Coutee, Nico Collins, Chris Conley, Isaiah Coulter, Chris Moore, Andre Roberts, Donte Moncrief, Alex Erickson, and Steven Mitchell.
Roster logic dictates that no more than five or six of those guys will make Houston’s final roster. But then again, Caserio and Easterby have brought in 53 linebackers this offseason, so who knows what passes for logic in NRG Park these days?
Taylor will also get the chance to catch passes from any number of quarterbacks not named Deshaun Watson. Although Watson won’t be here, now Jeff Driskel will. The Texans added him to their quarterback room, where he will join Tyrod Taylor, Davis Mills, and Ryan Finley.