April 16, 2014

The Rundown: End of the Preseason

The-Rundown

The Houston Texans’ 2013 preseason is finished and they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 24-6. The big stories were the return of DeVier Posey and all of the young players fighting for their NFL futures. Some will be with the Texans and others could be headed to another NFL team.

It was good to see some of the Texans rookies get work in a game setting and actually see their hard work pay off from when they arrived in Houston in May. Here is a look at the last preseason game.

 

 

The Rundown

- The biggest disappointment for the Texans this preseason had to be Tim Dobbins. He has looked not interested in what is happening with the team and really delivered very little when he was in the game. Slowed by a shoulder injury, Dobbins has had an offseason and preseason filled with disappointment. Not showing up to OTAs, Dobbins has been behind the curve the entire off season compared to the team. Veteran or not, Dobbins still needed to work for his position but there is nothing he has done that makes him a lock for the 53 man roster.

-  Finally over his calf injury, rookie defensive end Chris Jones took advantage of his opportunity and played good against the Cowboys. He produced a sack and also had some nice defensive stops on some ball carriers. He has good feet and his technique at the defensive end position has improved since his first day in Houston. Despite some saying he would not make the 53 man roster, Jones made a big jump into that discussion to be in San Diego in week one.

- Orhian Johnson is a practice squad possibility and he has put together two good preseason games. Despite his tall frame, he is not scared to play in the box and make tackles. He doesn’t have big hits but he has been a sure tackler on defense and special teams. He is very athletic for a safety and his height is something that could help Johnson with tight ends being involved with the passing game.

-  Rookie cornerback A.J. Bouye looks like he locked up his spot on the 53 man roster with some good coverage. He also had an interception gift wrapped to him, but he made the play. He could be a big find for the Texans and he is another boundary corner for the future. He will have more time to develop behind the veteran corners, which is a good thing for this Texans defense.

-  Cierre Wood has made it difficult for the Texans to waive him on Saturday because he once again put together a good game. He looks like he is made for this offense and he can get up field in a hurry. He broke off some big runs with some good offensive line blocking. He will probably not make it to the practice squad is waived for there is a good chance another NFL team could claim him. He could be a good runningback in the future and from his early looks with the Texans, he has more room to grow.

- Dennis Johnson could have finished off any hope the Texans had in him with another fumble this preseason. Johnson was given every chance by the offensive staff to perform and he did put together a decent game against the Cowboys. However, there were too many mental mistakes during the entire preseason by the rookie and the Texans are looking for a dependable third back on the roster. His inability to make people miss and being small for what the Texans need do not help his chances come Saturday.

- One of the best stories of the evening is seeing DeVier Posey back on the field, and he looked good catching the ball. He had a questionable offensive pass interference to open the game, but then he came accross the middle to make a nice catch and run. There were no signs of a limp or anything slowing him down on the field. Adding him to the wide receiver group is a positive and would be the instant filler at all three wide receiver positions.

- Tight end Ryan Griffin continued to show he could also be a steal from this draft class, and he was Case Keenum’s favorite target of the evening. Griffin ran nice crossing routes and even took a screen pass and turned it into a first down in a third and long situation. He will be another piece to the offense for the future and will be the “Trey” tight end for the 2013 season.

- Wide receiver Andy Cruse also caught a touchdown pass from T.J. Yates, and he had some nice catch and runs with the football. His touchdown came on a crossing route where he out ran the defender and showed some speed to finish off the play in the endzone. Cruse could be a practice squad invite but there are other needs on the practice squad that will come first.

- There is not much more to say about Case Keenum or T.J. Yates and the job they both did this preseason was impressive.  Keenum was 43/63 (68%) for 482 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Yates was 35/50 (70%) for 415 yards and 4 touchdowns.

- Rookie offensive tackle Brennan Williams made his Texans debut against the Cowboys and he looked like he still has work to do. He showed that he can pass protect well but he needs more time to get his legs underneath him. There were some things that showed why he was a 3rd round pick but right now it was just to get his feet wet in an NFL game.

- Rookie outside linebackers Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams both played some extended time and they both had some positives. Montgomery is a strong player who delivers a punch off the edge and showed he can play physical. He has a good frame and, despite little playing time into this season, he is improving since day one. Williams started the night off early with a nice pass rush that resulted in a quarterback hit, and his speed showed on it. His pass rush looks to have improved but his football awareness needs work. He was having his normal issues in run defense and lost contain more than once. Both should be with the team in the future and for this year Montgomery could help as Williams develops.

- Roc Carmichael put together his best game of the preseason. Work still needs to be done but he had some pass breakups and sure tackling. He will not be called upon to play cornerback unless needed, but he gave the Texans something to think about heading into roster cut downs. His athletic ability is not the question, it is how much more he can improve without much game time experience.

 

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