Thompson has become the main kick return specialist after Tyler Ervin (patellar tendon) went down in last week's game. He's also moved up to fourth on the wideout depth chart ahead of Braxton Miller but will get more playing time on special teams than in the offense.
Thompson had a 42-yard kickoff return in Houston's 57-14 win over Tennessee in Week 4, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Thompson entered as a return man after the Texans lost Tyler Ervin to a torn patellar tendon and set up Houston with a short field, enabling the team to punch in a touchdown before halftime. The undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida, who was made active for the game ahead of 2016 third-round draft pick Braxton Miller, has return experience stemming from his college days. He's an undersized wideout with great speed, who was lauded by head coach Bill O'Brien as a gunner on special teams.
The Texans promoted Thompson to their 53-man roster Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Thompson, an undrafted rookie, failed to make the Texans' final roster following training camp, but will get an opportunity to make an impression going forward. He figures to simply provide depth at wide receiver, while also helping out on special teams.
Thompson signed with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Thompson, who went undrafted in April, recorded just nine catches during his four-year career at Florida, where he primarily served as the team's kick returner. He'll look to showcase his speed and versatility throughout the offseason as he attempts to win a roster spot with Houston, but he likely won't be a threat to see targets in the passing game if he makes the squad.
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