April 23, 2014

Texans Players to Watch: New Orleans Edition


The final real tune up for the Houston Texans’ starters will be this coming Saturday night, and they will encounter a good test with the New Orleans Saints. The accurate arm of Drew Brees will be a good test for the Texans’ secondary, who were torched in the 2011 regular season by the Saints’ passing attack. A new season and new issues, the Texans have some kinks to work out on both offense and defense before decisions are made on personnel when the Miami Dolphins come to Reliant in week one. Despite a good showing against the San Francisco 49ers, there were a…

The Rundown: Texans vs. 49ers


The second preseason game is in the books and the Houston Texans came out with a win over the San Francisco 49ers, 20-9. As always, there was plenty news and notes from the game and some players making some noise to stay with the Texans into week 1. Game two of the preseason has helped separate some players from others and let fans get a better idea on how the coaches and front office might be thinking with personnel. After a slow start offensively, Head Coach Gary Kubiak left the offensive starters the entire first half to get them some rhythm, which they responded…

Texans Training Camp: Another Scare


Full pads were on for the 6th day of camp and the Houston Texans did receive a scare to one of their star players.     - Duane Brown, starting left tackle, got kicked on his left ankle when he got rolled up from behind. Brown played two plays after the incident but couldn’t continue. After evaluation they shut him down for the day and he headed in for an MRI. The MRI came back negative and was only deemed a bone bruise. He has been listed as day-to-day. Rashad Butler will fill in at the left tackle position until Brown comes back….

The Different Faces of James Casey

James Casey

When it comes to talking about Houston Texans’ fullback James Casey, his true position as a player is up for debate. Considered the starting fullback and the second tight end in the “Tiger” formation, according to Head Coach Gary Kubiak, he has more importance to the Texans’ offense than fans realize. After Casey missed a few games after hurting his pectoral against the Oakland Raiders on the punt coverage team, it took about four to five games for Casey to regain his full strength. Casey by the time he returned was replaced by Lawrence Vickers at fullback, and he never really received the snaps…

Road Blocks for the Texans: Contracts


In this series we will look at potential road blocks for the Houston Texans heading into the 2012 season. This is part 2 of the series. Contracts If the 2012 off-season was not an eye-opening experience for Houston Texans fans, the 2013 should be no different. The moves made in the off-season were moves to get the Texans’ front office into position to retain some important pieces of the team’s core and stabilize their future for years to come. With some household names packaged and shipped out of Houston, the thought of contracts are in the back of some of the minds of Texans players. NFL…

The State of the Texans’ Offense

Texans Huddle vs. Titans 2011

In 2011, the Texans’ defense was a revelation but their offense was still solid as usual. While not as explosive as in the past due to injuries to their two most important pieces to their passing attack, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, the offense still finished 13th in the NFL in total offense with 372.1 yards per game. They were 18th in passing with 219.1 yards a game and 2nd in rushing with 153 yards a game. They were also 10th in scoring with 23.8 points per game so it is safe to say that the Texans had a well…

Gary is Still Mad: Texans Mini-Camp


Here are a few notes from the Texans Mini-Camp on Wednesday:   Texans Mini-Camp Day 2   – Head Coach Gary Kubiak  voiced his concern over a sluggish practice today. He felt like the team was saving themselves for the last day of mini-camp and called today a loss if they were playing. – Rookie defensive end Jared Crick did not finish practice today due to heat related issues. – Rookie guard Brandon Brooks weighed in less than his Tuesday weight. Kubiak explained that he (Brooks) has to stay on top of his weight because it will affect him from a performance…

Got That Fire: Texans OTAs


Here are a few notes from Wednesday’s OTAs.   – Brian Cushing and Hebron Fangupo did not practice. The team is hoping Fangupo can return to practice next Monday. – Head Coach Gary Kubiak expects right tackle Rashad Butler to take a hold of the right tackle position despite competition from Derek Newton. Kubiak likes the fact that Butler has starter experience filling in at left tackle during the 2010 season. – Rookie guard Brandon Brooks has been working with the first team offense with Antoine Caldwell being sick the past few days. –  Gary Kubiak told the media that Matt Schaub is the starter for the…

Texans Notes Heading into OTAs

Matt Schaub

With the bulk of the excitement of the NFL off-season finished until training camp starts, the Houston Texans cranked up OTAs (Organized Team Activities) today at Reliant. Kept under wraps for the most part OTAs will get rookies acquainted with their new surroundings and get the veterans of the team back on a routine heading into the 2012 season. There has been some news trickling in over the past weekend heading into the 2012 Texans OTA’s.   – Starting quarterback Matt Schuab will be sitting out all team activities during this time, to let his injured foot get extra healing time. This will give T.J. Yates,…

Contract Talk: Joel Dreessen

In this series we are going to look at the potential free agents of the Houston Texans, and figure out if they work into the plans for the coming years….   One of the most surprising players for the Houston Texans in the 2011 campaign, and he just completed his 5th season with the team. Joel Dreessen lead the Texans in touchdown receptions with 6 and proved a viable second tight end opposite of starter Owen Daniels.