In a word? No
Can new Texans WR Randall Cobb soften the Hopkins departure?
The Texans got to work trying to replace DeAndre Hopkins late Monday.
Cobb stays in Texas
Cobb has had four 100+ yd games since 2015.— Raheel Ramzanali (@The_Raheel) March 17, 2020
DeAndre Hopkins had six last year. https://t.co/shGSW5Pgky
Last year for the Cowboys Randall Cobb played primarily from the slot position and amassed 828 yards and three touchdowns for Dallas. It was his first season playing for the Cowboys and he managed two 100 yard games twice.
This is a bad deal. Cobb will be 30 before the season starts and hasn't been regularly productive in almost two seasons. His contract checks in around the same as Adam Humphries of the Titans and John Brown of the Bills. Both are much younger or far more productive than Cobb.
The fear here, and the Texans have done nothing to dispel the notion, is Houston is viewed as an ATM. Agents will likely use the Texans to drive up the price on players or just milk them for exaggerated contracts.
Texans so slotty right now
Randall Cobb primarily played in the slot last year.— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) March 17, 2020
So did DeAndre Carter.
So did Keke Coutee.
The #Texans have three slot receivers and two outside guys who missed games.
The Texans now have three wideouts who played primarily slot receiver in Cobb, DeAndre Carter, and Keke Coutee. Considering Carter just got extended, this is likely the end for Coutee. The former fourth round pick flashed his rookie year but never got out of the O'Brien doghouse as injuries and then a lack of cohesiveness in the offense doomed him.
Injuries a concern?
The #Texans top three wideouts (Fuller, Stills, Cobb) have played in about 72 percent of the possible games over the past two seasons.— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) March 17, 2020
Fuller - 19/34
Stills - 29/34
Cobb - 24/32
Remember Stills left more than a few games for long stretches with injuries.
The Texans don't have depth at wide receiver and their top pass catcher, Will Fuller, has never played 16 games. In fact, this trio has five 16 games seasons combined, the same number DeAndre Hopkins had in his career.