How CJ Stroud’s greatness has created exciting Texans challenges, opportunities at WR

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How CJ Stroud’s greatness has created exciting Texans challenges, opportunities at WR
Nico Collins is having a career year. Compostie Getty Image.

The Houston Texans needed a huge performance from Nico Collins on Sunday after Tank Dell went down with a season-ending injury, and boy did they get it.

Collins finished the day with just under 200 receiving yards, and helped the team secure a huge victory, pushing the team's record to 7-5.

There's been a lot of discussion about whether Collins is a true No. 1 receiver in the NFL, and his numbers indicate he is. Nico is 9th in receiving yards in the NFL (991) with 6 TDs in 11 games.

Certainly, health will be a big factor in determining just how high his upside is. He only played in 10 games in 2022, and this is his first season with over 500 yards.

Outside of health, how Collins responds to all the extra attention he is about to receive due to the loss of Tank Dell, will tell us a lot about if he can perform like a true No. 1 receiver.

2024 will be the final year of Nico's contract and he'll be looking for a big pay day if he can continue this production. Which makes us wonder, should the Texans pay him like a Top 10 receiver if he continues to put up these numbers?

Plus, the big concern with Tank Dell has always been his size, and if he can hold up in the NFL. Now that he's injured for the second time, and out for the season with his latest injury, should the Texans consider adding another receiver in the draft or free agency?

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Mike Evans is returning to the Bucs. Composite Getty Image.

We are exactly one week away from when the legal tampering period begins in the NFL, when agents and teams are allowed to begin negotiations. Deals cannot become official until the new league year begins next Wednesday, but we often hear about contracts being agreed upon within the first few hours of legal tampering.

The Houston Texans have been connected to Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans. Over the weekend, KPRC's Aaron Wilson reported that the Texans were not likely to pursue Evans.

Now, we'll never know for sure if the Texans were looking to make a run at Evans, as he has agreed to a 2-year, $52 million contract with Tampa Bay on Monday.

Will this keep the Texans from signing a receiver?

Not necessarily, but the top options that could have been available are becoming less likely to reach free agency. The Bengals are using the franchise tag on Tee Higgins. Colts GM Chris Ballard has made it clear Michael Pittman isn't going anywhere.

The top receivers available in free agency now could come down to Jaguars' Calvin Ridley, Cardinals' Marquise Brown, and Bills' Gabe Davis to a lesser extent.

However, the Jags could bring back Ridley, and Brown isn't a lock to leave in free agency either. It's looking more and more like the Texans will be better off upgrading the position in the NFL Draft. Especially after some eye-opening performances at the NFL Combine this weekend.

It's also important to keep in mind that Tank Dell, Nico Collins, John Metchie, and Robert Woods are currently under contract for 2024. They could also look to bring back Noah Brown.

As for Barkley, we fully expect the Texans to add some depth at running back. But Barkley won't come cheap, and this could be another position the team will address in the draft.

And don't be surprised if they elect to bring back Devin Singletary after DeMeco's Ryans' ringing endorsement of him last week.

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