Texans Biggest Surprise Players of 2012
It’s often you have players who come out and play above expectations and that was the case for five Houston Texans in 2012. The list is composed of players that were in the spotlight and a few that were behind the scenes but put together some solid play for the Texans.
Take a look at our biggest surprises of the 2012 season for the Texans.
It was pretty clear that in the short playing time Posey received, he was the second best wide receiver on the team. It took him some time to get on the field but when he touched the football he did not disappoint. Able to stretch the field and most importantly create after touching the football, the offense was grooming a new weapon. He made an impressive touchdown catch in the divisional playoff game versus the New England Patriots, but all of the excitement was cut short after he ruptured his Achilles late in the 4th quarter.
Call us one of his doubters, but he was able to fill the void that Joel Dreessen left after he left in the offseason. Graham gave the Texans another target in the middle of the field and improved as the season went on in run blocking. During the season, he took snaps away from starter Owen Daniels to spell him and keep him fresh. Graham gave the Texans an extra dimension on offense, but most importantly looks like he will be able to handle more workload during the 2013 season.
He added weight during the offseason to help him hold up better against the run, and it helped him be the best nose tackle on the team. Mitchell took more snaps than starter Shaun Cody and even filled in during passing downs and at defensive end, when needed. Mitchell held at the point of attack well and did a much better job in 2012 of keeping offensive lineman off of the linebackers. His growth as a player will go unnoticed by many because of where he plays, but he will have the chance to be the a key piece to the defensive line in 2013.
Year three was a big year and he and Johnathan Joseph easily make up one of the top cornerback duos in the NFL. Jackson led the team with 4 interceptions and made himself a force in the run game. He made some highlight hits on ball carriers and improved his coverage light-years ahead of what it was his rookie season. He had a big playoff game versus the Cincinnati Bengals and topped off an impressive 2012 campaign for the much criticized 1st round pick.
Let’s be honest, anyone who predicted one of the greatest defensive seasons in NFL history is one smart person. The team leader on defense after Brian Cushing went out for the season and 20.5 sacks, the Texans have another budding superstar at Reliant. There is not much more to say about Watt, but being a part of what he did during the 2012 season was a pleasure to watch.
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