Texans redefine slot receiver role

Will the Texans be looking for a slot receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft?

That depends, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

"The slot receiver for our system has changed over the years," O'Brien said Thursday at the NFL Combine. "Obviously, when we were in New England, Wes Welker was our slot. You know, there are very few Wes Welkers out there so we've changed how we look at that position."

Damaris Johnson, the Texans primary slot receiver, started eight games in 2014 and had 31 catches for 331 yards and one touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson also lined up as slot receivers in O'Brien's offense last year.

For now, Houston is exploring all options in adding a slot receiver this offseason.

"It's something that we're looking at," O'Brien said. "We've put together a description of the position we'd like and we're going to see if somebody fits that description whether it's in free agency or the draft."

GM Rick Smith, head coach Bill O'Brien and numerous NFL hopefuls met with the media Thursday at the Combine.

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