Texans Kick Return Spot Up for Grabs with Davis Injury

Yahoo! Sports talks about the kick return spot for the Texans, and how things are shaping up with Andre Davis being out with a bruised tailbone.

Receiver Andre Davis has been the Texans’ primary kickoff returner the last three years. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl two years ago. But Davis caught only six passes last season and has a base salary of $2.66 million this year, so it might be time for a young guy to take his place.

Or so the Texans thought.

Davis, who has been sidelined with a bruised tailbone, has watched rookie receiver Trindon Holliday really struggle as a return specialist.

When the Texans used a sixth-round pick on Holliday, 5-5, 160, they thought his quickness and 4.2 speed might help turn him into a dynamic return man who could affect field position.

So far, it hasn’t worked. Holliday has problems catching the ball on kickoffs, punts and passes.

Meanwhile, receiver Jacoby Jones, who has been their punt returner, looks like he’ll be getting that job back. As for kickoffs, backup running back Steve Slaton had a 63-yarder that impressed coach Gary Kubiak enough that he’ll get more return chances against Dallas.


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