What's in a number? HoustonTexans.com is taking a look back at the numerical roster of the franchise, and going over every number that's been worn in team history. From the memorable ones like 99, 80, and 4, to some that might not ring a bell, we've got them all covered.
Brandin Cooks, Wide receiver, 2020-Current
Acquired via a 2020 spring trade with the Rams, Cooks became the first receiver not named Andre Johnson or DeAndre Hopkins to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the Texans.
The veteran finished with 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. He was tied for fifth in the NFL with 20 catches of 20 yards or more in 2020, and it was the fifth time in his career he finished a season with 1,000 yards receiving or more. The Texans became the fourth different team Cooks notched 1,000 yards with, as he also accomplished that with the Saints, Patriots and Rams.
Cooks was picked 20th overall by the Saints in the 2014 NFL Draft. After three seasons in New Orleans, he was dealt to the Patriots. Following the 2017 campaign, New England traded him to Los Angeles, where he played in 2018 and 2019.
Cooks has averaged 14.2 yards per catch in his career, and has caught 40 touchdown passes.
Braxton Miller, Wide receiver, 2016-2017
Miller was a third round pick out of Ohio State in the 2016 NFL Draft. An All-Big 10 quarterback for the Buckeyes earlier in his college career, he segued to receiver his final season in Columbus.
With the Texans, Miller started a combined nine games, and played in 12 others. He caught a touchdown pass each season, and finished his time in Houston with 34 catches for 261 yards.
Chandler Worthy, Wide receiver, 2015
Undrafted out of Troy, Worthy signed with the Texans as a rookie in 2015. He appeared in three games that season, catching a trio of passes for a combined 14 yards. In a Thursday night home game against the Colts, he was on the field for 32 snaps on offense.
That was his lone season in Houston. He spent time on the Jets practice squad, and then moved on to the Canadian Football League, where he played for the Toronto Argonauts.
Damaris Johnson, Wide receiver, 2014
Texan for one year, Johnson came to town off the waiver wire in late August of 2014. He wound up starting eight games that year, and played in all 16 contests. Johnson caught 31 passes for 331 yards, which were career-best marks. He caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in a Week 3 loss at the Giants. It was his only score as a Texan.
Prior to Houston, Johnson spent 2012 and 2013 with the Eagles. When he left Houston, Johnson played a game in 2015 for the Patriots.
For his career, Johnson caught 52 passes for 601 yards. He also returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown as a rookie with the Eagles.
T.J. Yates, Quarterback, 2011-2013 (also wore #6 and #2 in other stints with the club)
A 5th-round pick out of North Carolina, Yates came to town in 2011 and was third on the depth chart behind starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart. The former was lost to a foot injury for the season after a Week 10 blowout win at Tampa Bay, while the latter went down with a shoulder injury two weeks later in the first half at Jacksonville.
Yates entered the game against the Jaguars, guided the Texans to victory, and then followed that performance up with wins at home over the Falcons and on the road at Cincinnati. The victory over the Bengals locked up the franchise's first AFC South title.
Yates started the Texans' playoff win over the Bengals, and would finish his rookie campaign with 949 passing yards and three touchdown passes in six starts.
In 2012, he would appear in four games and play a combined 23 snaps.
The next season, Yates saw action in a trio of contests.
He was dealt to Atlanta in June of 2014, as the Texans received linebacker Akeem Dent in the trade. Those two were later assistant coaches together with Houston from 2019 through 2020.
Yates came back to Houston in 2015, and then 2017. He wore the number six and the number two in those times with the Texans.
Jerome Mathis, Receiver/returner, 2005-2007
As a rookie in 2005, Mathis returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns. He was named an All-Pro and also selected to the Pro Bowl. A fourth-round selection out of Hampton in that year's NFL Draft, the rookie was one of the few bright spots in a 2-14 season for Houston.
He averaged 28.6 yards per return that year, and also caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Mathis returned seven kickoffs in a pair of games the next season, and in 2007, he took a kickoff 87 yards for a score against the Colts.