Houston (CBS Houston) – Wide Receiver Josh Lenz is making noise that Texans’ brass is paying attention to because of his performance both in practice, and in the first preseason game against San Francisco.
Despite being 25-years-old, Lenz is a bit of a journeyman having bouncing around after his college career at Iowa State. He started as an undrafted free agent with Chicago, then went to Seattle, Indianapolis, Cleveland and then finally landed with the Texans last season.
Lenz caught three passes and led the Texans with 52 receiving yards in the preseason opener against the 49ers. After spending part of last season on the Texans practice squad, the coaching staff has a good idea of what he adds to a team.
The question now becomes can he make the team?
“He’s a tough guy, he’s doing a lot of good things, he’s definitely in the conversation,” head coach Bill O’Brien said.
Being in the conversation and being on the team are two different things, and the Texans are crowded at the position with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller, Jaelen Strong, Cecil Shorts and Keith Mumphrey all listed above Lenz on the depth chart.
Last season the Texans broke camp with six receivers on their initial 53-man roster, so Lenz would have to take one of the player’s jobs listed above, and also beat out speedster Wendall Williams, Tevin Jones and Quenton Bundrage.