It has recently been reported that the Texans may be showing some interest in a few more potential players for the 2006 season. Nate Burleson, a 6-0, 197 pound Wide Receiver from the Minnesota Vikings will be coming to Houston for a visit with the Texans next week. Also next week, the Texans will be hosting former Denver Broncos Tight End Jeb Putzier.
Burleson can be described as an explosive breakaway threat. He is very quick off the line has some moves that could break defenders' ankles. He has great speed, good awareness of the sidelines, and can gain yards after making the catch. The only thing Burleson could work on is varying his speed to become a more effective receiver against defenders. While with the Vikings during the 2004 season, Burleson led the team in receiving with 1,006 yards and 9 touchdowns during his 16 starts. Last season, Burleson chalked up 328 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 games.
Burleson attended college at the University of Nevada in Reno, where he led the NCAA as a senior in both receptions per game (11.5) and yards per game (135.8). During his three years on the team there, he posted stats of 248 catches for 3,293 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Burleson was chosen by the Vikings in the third round of the 2003 draft and has 3 years of NFL experience, all with the Vikings. He is also ranked 6th by the scout.com Free Agency Tracker for his position and 31st overall.
Another offensive player the Texans have their eye on is TE Jeb Putzier (6-4, 256), who has played with the Broncos for all 5 years of his NFL career. During his career, he has only recently stepped into consistent action for the team, playing all 16 games during the 2004 and 2005 season. Putzier attended Boise State where he played receiver. He was drafted in the 6th round by Denver (191st overall).
During those two years Putzier has put up 1,053 yards receiving. In 2004 he was ranked 4th among AFC Tight Ends (9th overall) by yards and 12th in receptions.
Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak must remember the positive influence that Putzier had on his team while Kubiak was coaching in Denver, and now seeks to bring that ability to the Texans. Currently the Texans have Mark Bruener (6-4, 258) as the starting Tight End, but with a new coach starting positions are not guaranteed.
Adding Putzier and Burleson to the offensive roster could arm the Texans with two new weapons that QB David Carr could utilize, provided the Texans obtain some effective offensive linemen that can give Carr the protection he needs to get the ball off.