The Houston Texans signed free agent Marcus Leak over the weekend to help bolster the injury-plagued wide receiving corps.
Starter Will Fuller is out several weeks with a broken collarbone and reserve free agent signee DeAndrew White is sidelined with a groin problem.
If the team is looking for more potential wideouts to sign, the pickings look pretty slim. The current free agent market strongly resembles a picked-over dollar store.
The top name on the list is Anquan Boldin. Now 36, Boldin caught 67 passes in Detroit last season but averaged just 8.7 yards per catch. He’s nothing more than a physical possession receiver at this point, though Boldin would offer a valuable veteran presence in the locker room. Stylistically he’s the antithesis of the speedy, lithe Fuller.
Oft-injured Stevie Johnson has missed the last season and a half with a knee injury and is now 31. Eddie Royal, also 31, is a smaller option in the slot but has a lengthy injury history of his own. Vincent Jackson has not had a sniff since being released by Tampa Bay after an underwhelming 2016. He’s now 35.
All of the younger, less proven options are players who are not with another team already for valid reason. One of the top names is ex-Texan Keith Mumphrey, who the team axed after an off-field controversy. Leak is one of the practice squad refugees of that ilk, too.
Better options might come about after teams make cuts following the preseason, but that doesn’t give any newcomer time to get practice reps in Bill O’Brien’s offense.