With Andre Johnson sitting out of organized team activities (OTAs) after having arthroscopic knee surgery, wide receiver Lestar Jean is practicing as a starter opposite Kevin Walter.
Jean (6-3, 205), who went undrafted out of Florida Atlantic in 2011, is healthy and eager to prove himself after missing his rookie season with a shoulder injury.
“He dropped a couple of balls today,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after practice on Monday. “You know, he’s got an excellent opportunity. He’s working as a starter right now in OTAs, so what an opportunity for him as a player, and it’ll be interesting to see how far he comes.”
The Texans’ wide receiver position is wide open beyond Johnson and Walter, who will both be 31 this season. None of the Texans’ other receivers, including Jean, has caught a pass in the NFL. Jean is competing with 2012 draft picks DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin, undrafted rookies Jerrell Jackson, Dwight Jones and Mario Louis and young veterans Jeff Maehl, Trindon Holliday and Juaquin Iglesias.
Jean had an impressive training camp last year before getting hurt in the Texans’ second preseason game. With Johnson probably out for all of OTAs, he’ll have ample opportunity to shine over the next few weeks.
Tags: Andre Johnson, DeVier Posey, Dwight Jones, Jeff Maehl, Jerrell Jackson, Juaquin Iglesias, Keshawn Martin, Kevin Walter, Lestar Jean, Mario Louis, Organized Team Activities, Trindon Holliday
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