Yesterday, the Texans made a roster move. They added kick returner/wide receiver Quan Bray, who was cut by the Bills last week.
Texans adding WR-KR Quan Bray https://t.co/u1JKT3ml6v via @houstonchron— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 12, 2018
I have never heard of Bray. What he is is a former player from the University of Auburn who went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, has played for both Indianapolis and Buffalo, returned 45 punts and 48 kicks, caught six passes during his career, was released by the Bills last week, and is a lover of life itself.
The former Colt and Bill is a potential special teams player. The Texans should have enough at wide receiver with DeAndre Hopkins, Bruce Ellington, Will Fuller V, Braxton Miller, and Keke Coutee to not warrant signing another pure wideout. But more competition at punt and kick returner is a good thing. Will Fuller V is Houston’s best punt returner, but why risk him to injury for a couple of extra yards a play? He’s still around. He can be used on punt returns in dire and extreme circumstances. The main kick returner right now is Tyler Ervin, who catches returns with his face and hasn’t shown much at the position. Either spot could be a place for Bray to make a run at simply by context alone, since I have never actually consciously recognized him playing a snap of football.
To make room for Bray, the Texans released wide receiver DeAndrew White.
Texans cut WR DeAndrew White (North Shore) https://t.co/SDymoSiSoA— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 13, 2018
The Texans play their second preseason game on Saturday night at NRG Stadium. Maybe Bray returns some kicks? Maybe he doesn’t? Who knows?