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The usage for Rishard Matthews is trending up

But does it have anything to do with Andre Johnson being gone?

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Evan Silva tweeted this yesterday:

I love bashing Mike Mularkey as much as the next guy, but is this tweet actually true? I went through the snap counts for the 8 weeks both Rishard Matthews and Andre Johnson were on the team:

And targets:

*I know his name is spelled wrong in the tables

So there really isn’t any evidence that Matthews was demoted for Johnson. It looks like early in the season the usage for everyone in the passing game outside of Tajae Sharpe and Delanie Walker was pretty random.

That has changed, however. Check out this tweet from TJ Hernandez of 4 for 4:

Rishard Matthews was a priority free agent for Jon Robinson this offseason. It took a while, but he finally settled in as a playmaker for this offense. It also isn’t a coincidence that things have gotten easier for him with Kendall Wright back on the field. Wright brings another dimension to the offense that defenses have to respect. That opens things up for everyone else.