Despite free agency not officially opening until March 11th, the Houston Texans were able to sign tight end Zach Potter to their roster yesterday due to Potter missing the entire 2013 season. He had spent the previous four seasons playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the St. Louis Rams cut him during training camp, no other teams showed interest.
The former Nebraska Cornhusker has just 11 catches and 83 yards to his name, but he says that's not his style. "I'm more of a blocking tight end, if you call it that," he told Sports Radio 610. "I'm not necessarily the guy that streaks the field on the seam routes and runs for 80-yard touchdown."
Indeed, Potter's size seems to suit more of a blocking role. He's 6'7" tall and weighed almost 280 pounds when the Jaguars picked him up as an undrafted free agent. Though in the interview, Ted Johnson mentioned he's closer to 265 now.
"I'll be the guy that goes in there and does the smashmouth type of football and get the power running game going, get Arian Foster running behind us and being the tone-changer for the game."
Potter, who converted from defensive end after college, joins a depth chart that already includes Owen Daniels but might lose Garrett Graham via free agency; both Daniels and Graham are more known for their pass-catching abilities. Potter's versatility could certainly provide useful on a special teams unit that has ranked among the worst in all of football for several years.
Welcome to Houston, Zach.