Between how he’s absorbing the playbook and sharpening his route running while adapting to the NFL, Nico Collins figures into the Texans’ equation as a large outside wide receiver who can go up and get the football and defeat press coverage to gain separation on deep passes.
Collins opted out of Michigan's 2020 season, but that hasn't seemed to be a big issue thus far in camp. Collins is primarily an outside wide receiver and has been characterized by some as an old-school No. 1 wide receiver because he’s larger than most downfield targets. He's made some big play so far in camp, but the knock on him is he needs to do it more often and more consistently. He may be a name to watch, but the Texans QB situation could certainly hold him down this year.
It's hard to go to Twitter and not see a Moore update. Right now, the battle for the other outside receiver spot is between Cole and Moore, the story said. Those two have rotated with the first team. Moore has received reps in the slot too, but the path to the starting role will be on the outside since Jamison Crowder and Corey Davis have their spots locked up.
Rookie wide receiver Terrace Marshall has been the sparkling surprise among the offensive rookies in camp, drawing comparisons in stature to former Carolina receiver Mushin Muhammad and Hall-Of-Famer Michael Irvin.
Marshall has turned in some impressive catches through the first week. Marshall has been competing for the slot position alongside veteran David Moore, but HC Matt Rhule said Monday his top two receivers are still unquestionably D.J. Moore and Anderson.