Hansen was released by the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hansen made his Texans debut in Week 13 of the 2020 season, marking his first NFL appearance since his 2017 rookie campaign. The California product erupted for five receptions and 101 yards, and he followed it up with back-to-back weeks of at least 55 receiving yards. However, he tapered off at the end of the year. The 26-year-old will now look for a new team.
Hansen caught two of four targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans. Hansen, who recorded 14 catches for 212 yards during a three-game stretch from Week 13 to 15, has been quiet since. Over the last two weeks, Hansen caught just three balls for 24 yards. He has one year left on his contract, and his status among the wideouts depends on a few factors, the first being the individuals who are hired to become general manager and head coach. Beyond that, the Texans will have to decide whether or not to re-sign Will Fuller (suspended), who becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Hansen caught one of three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Bengals. Hansen, who was active for the fourth straight game after sitting on the practice squad the first 12 weeks, was of little significance Sunday despite playing 50 snaps (96 percent). Over his first three games, Hansen has caught 14 passes for 212 yards (15.1 YPC), including a 38-yard touchdown. He's played 90 percent of the offensive snaps over those four games and is expected have a significant snap count Week 17 against the Titans.
Hansen recorded two receptions on three targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Colts. Hansen predictably saw his target volume fall with the return of Brandin Cooks. However, he still managed to record a 38-yard touchdown on a broken coverage play just before halftime. While Hansen's volume will be unreliable to close the season, he should continue to have a chance to produce with Will Fuller suspended. He'll draw a Week 16 matchup against the Bengals.
Hansen was signed to the active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hansen has tallied 12 receptions and 157 yards over the last two games with the top three options Will Fuller (suspension), Randall Cobb (toe) and Brandin Cooks (neck/foot) all missing time during that stretch. Even with Cooks now back in the fold, Hansen still figures to be a quality option with the Texans leaning more into their passing game in recent weeks.
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