HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – It appears the Texans are a step closer to securing the veteran third wide receiver help they are in desperate need of having going into a season of great expectations.
A couple weeks after being rumored to working out former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker, the Texans had him on the field Tuesday for the first day of their three-day minicamp. Currently, the Texans are thin at receiver with Andre Johnson sidelined with a knee injury, leaving Kevin Walter as the only healthy receiver on the roster with a catch in an NFL game.
After 10 days of OTAs it became obvious that youngsters like rookies DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin along with Lestar Jean are talented but not quite ready to be counted on in such a major way.
Sims-Walker, a five-year veteran, had some good years with the Jaguars. He caught 63 catches for 869 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009, but his production dropped off considerably last season and he was cut by the St. Louis Rams after just four games.
Sims-Walker caught backs Tuesday from John Beck and Case Keenum and showed some flashes though at time the rust from a long layoff was apparent.
“He looked pretty good,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after Tuesday’s practice. “Obviously jumping out here in this heat we are having right now is pretty tough. Thought he did some pretty good things but we will go back and look at the tape and all the periods and see how he did. It gives us three days to evaluate.”
In addition, to Sims-Walker, the Texans have brought in 12-year veteran fullback, former Texan and Houston native Moran Norris to fill a void with the loss of Lawrence Vickers this offseason. The Texans are also giving free agent looks to veteran inside linebacker Prescott Burgess and rookie defensive end Keith Browner out of Cal.