Without Will Fuller, who had a career-high 58 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games this season, the only receivers on the active roster with receptions this season are Brandin Cooks (52) and Keke Coutee (6). Randall Cobb is on injured reserve and is out for at least two more games with a toe injury. The Texans released Kenny Stills on Friday, a day after Fuller had a career day with six catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving.
The story went on to say: the suspension could force rookie Coulter onto the field for the first time after he was drafted in the fifth round out of Rhode Island. The Texans also will use running back Duke Johnson a lot more in the passing game and throw more often to tight ends Akins, Fells and Brown. The Texans also have some receiver options on the practice squad, including former Texas A&M wideout Ratley. Some things to note is the potential rise of Coutee who now finds himself as a possible WR2. Also, it looks like Duke Johnson will have a role even when David Johnson returns.
Akins was Deshaun Watson's favorite intermediate target for the first month of the season and was getting targets in the red zone. The Texans have an advantageous matchup this week, but it will be tough to assume each pass catching weapon gets their fair share of opportunity in what could be a blowout.