It’s not often that a team makes matching roster moves with players whose names are so similar, but the Houston Texans managed to step up on Tuesday afternoon with guys playing the same job. It was first announced that they had signed wide receiver Tyron Johnson, a third-year pro from Oklahoma State, before continuing with the news that Tyler Johnson, who had been with the team since late August, had been waived.
The former Johnson has bounced back a lot since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2019. After being originally signed by the Texans, he played for the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers as a rookie, finding eventually a short-term home with the Los Angeles Chargers through 2020. He spent last season first with the Jacksonville Jaguars and later with the Las Vegas Raiders, and remained in Sin City until October 22 of this year, when it was waived.
As for the latter Johnson, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 draft through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his move to Houston was only the second stage of his career. After playing with Tom Brady during his first two seasons in the NFL, he was finally released in late August 2022 and was picked up by the Texans shortly thereafter.
Neither of those Johnsons have recorded a reception for seven weeks this season, and it’s unclear what the possibilities might be for their respective contributions going forward. News of a potential catcher claim that Houston waived on Tuesday has yet to be announced, so his future will remain uncertain at this time.
The newest member of the Texans organization is best known for the three-touchdown campaign he staged in 2020 for the Chargers, and if he can replicate that same impressive performance for Houston this season, Johnson could prove be a boon to the struggling Lovie Smith. offense.