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NFL PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS

July 5, 2012
Richmond High School



NFL PREVIEW: KELCI BAKER, EIHSS SPORTS

Houston Texans

Last year: 10-6, 1st in AFC South, lost divisional round

For the first time the Texans won the AFC South and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals for their first playoff victory. Even though quarterback Matt Schaub was injured, they still managed to play their last six regular-season games and two play-off games. With Schaub healthy, there are questions of whether or not they could've made a Super Bowl run. Despite a difficult schedule, they still have the NFL's second-ranked running game and second-ranked defense which gives them genuine hope of getting a ring.

With Rick Dennison's west coast style, they'll be able to not only run the ball but control the clock with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. They averaged 153 yards rushing. They also led the league in average time of possession. Before the foot injury that ended his season, Schaub led them with a 7-3 record and help them average 27.3 points. Also to keep in mind is that they played without wide out Andre Johnson for nine games because of an injury to his hamstring. They have new starters covering the field including on the right side of the offensive line, a new backup tight end and a fullback who got back his starting job. There wasn't enough money to keep right tackle Eric Winston or right tackle Mike Brisiel. Taking over Winston's job is Rashad Butler who has four career starts and spent most of last season on injured reserve.  2009 third-round pick Antoine Caldwell replaces Brisiel even though he too has had problems with injuries. Another third-round pick, Brandon Brooks could push Caldwell to start. Moving up a spot is Garrett Graham who replaces the reliable Joel Dressen because of the Texans tendency to play two tight ends. Another injury plagued starting fullback James Casey who couldn't get his job back from Lawrence Vickers. Now that Vickers is gone, Casey is back in his old position.

In his first season as defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips helped the defense move from 30th to second in yards allowed with his 3-4 style of play. For 11 games they played without Mario Williams and now he's gone altogether. In the draft they've added outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus and end Jared Crick. Now they've had one whole season of practice and the entire offseason to work with Phillips and predicts it'll be a sight to see. Mercilus is expected to be the weak-side opposite Brooke Reed in passing situations. In the meantime, Brian Cushing and Connor Barwin, who had 11.5 sacks, will stand up.  Phillips can rush five and drop Cushing. What is unsure when it comes to this teams’  defense is third-year cornerback Kareem Jackson and if he'll improve enough to not be a weak link in the secondary. In the first 15 yards there was improvement but further down the field there were issues, especially against tall receivers because he lacks speed and ball skills.

 

Joe Marciano is the coordinator of special teams for the Texans. The kicker was Neil Rackers who set a team record with 135 points. He has signed with the Washington Redskins. Also leaving the team is Jacoby Jones who averaged 10.6 yards on punt returns. After suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in December, punter Brett Hartmann will still be suspended for the first four games for violating policy on performance enhancing drugs.  To replace Hartmann, Donnie Jones was signed.  The top 2011 college kicker Randy Bullock was drafted for Houston in the fifth round while wide out Keshawn Martin was picked up in the fourth because of his ability to return punts.

There's an excellent staff behind Gary Kubiak as he enters his seventh season. Phillips and Dennison lead the staff while offensive lines coach John Benton and defensive backs coach Vance Joseph are amazing assistants.

 

 

 

2012 Draft Recap

OLB Whitney Mercilus of Illinois was the best of the Texans eight draft picks. Defensive coordinator Phillips thinks he can come off the bench in passing situations and be most effective. They'd be pairing him with outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed as well as defensive tackles J.J.Watt and Antonio Smith. On top of that, there's inside linebacker Brian Cushing. They'll want to take advantage of his speed coming off the edge, possibly placing him at weak-side end in the nickel package.

 

OLB Whitney Mercilus. Illinois

First round. 26th pick overall.

 

WR DeVier Posey. Ohio State

Third round. 68th pick overall.

His speed of 4.44 is great along with his size at 6'2'' and 211 pounds. He could earn the third receiver spot

 

G Brandon Brooks. Miami (Ohio)

Third round. 76th pick overall.

Swift feet for his size, he's very quick off of the ball

 

C-G Ben Jones. Georgia

Fourth round. 99th pick overall.

The Texans coaches also believe he can play guard

 

WR Keshawn Martin. Michigan State

Fourth round. 121st pick overall.

He has punt return capability and should provide depth as a slot receiver

 

DE Jared Crick. Nebraska

Fourth round. 126th pick overall.

He'll play end in the three-man front. After that, he'll move inside to become a part of the rotation when it comes to passing situations

 

K Randy Bullock. Texas A&M

Fifth round. 161st pick overall.

He'll be returning to kick for his hometown team

 

T Nick Mondek. Purdue

Sixth round. 195th pick overall.

Competing for a backup job

 

 

 

 

TEXANS SCHEDULE

Week 1 9/9: Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 2 9/16: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 3 9/23: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos, 4:15 PM ET, CBS

Week 4 9/30: Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 5 10/8: Houston Texans at New York Jets, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN

Week 6 10/14: Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans, 8:20 PM ET, NBC

Week 7 10/21: Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 8 10/28: BYE WEEK

Week 9 11/4: Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 10: 11/11: Houston Texans at Chicago Bears, 8:20 PM ET, NBC

Week 11 11/18: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 12 11/22: Houston Texans at Detroit Lions, 12:30 PM ET, CBS

Week 13 12/2: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 14 12/10: Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN

Week 15 12/16: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS

Week 16 12/23: Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, Fox

Week 17 12/30: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 PM ET, CBS

 

ROSTER

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

54

Alexander, Mister

ILB

6-3

242

24

R

Florida State

61

Austin, Thomas

G

6-4

310

25

1

Clemson

36

Ball, Alan

CB

6-2

197

27

5

Illinois

98

Barwin, Connor

OLB

6-4

264

25

3

Cincinnati

12

Beck, John

QB

6-2

215

30

5

Brigham Young

50

Braman, Bryan

OLB

6-5

246

25

R

West Texas A&M

85

Brock, Logan

TE

6-3

244

23

R

Texas Christian

76

Brown, Duane

T

6-4

320

26

4

Virginia Tech

63

Bryant, D.J.

OLB

6-3

248

23

R

James Madison

4

Bullock, Randy

K

5-9

208

22

R

Texas A&M

78

Butler, Rashad

T

6-4

317

29

6

Miami (Fla.)

62

Caldwell, Antoine

G

6-3

311

26

3

Alabama

20

Carmichael, Roc

CB

5-10

184

23

R

Virginia Tech

86

Casey, James

FB

6-3

243

27

3

Rice

95

Cody, Shaun

DT

6-4

301

29

7

Southern California

93

Crick, Jared

DE

6-4

276

22

R

Nebraska

56

Cushing, Brian

ILB

6-3

248

25

3

Southern California

81

Daniels, Owen

TE

6-3

247

29

6

Wisconsin

27

Demps, Quintin

SS

5-11

206

27

4

Texas-El Paso

52

Dobbins, Tim

LB

6-1

245

29

6

Iowa State

73

Fangupo, Hebron

NT

6-0

324

26

R

Brigham Young

45

Ford, Jason

FB

5-10

251

22

R

Illinois

32

Forsett, Justin

RB

5-8

198

26

4

California

23

Foster, Arian

RB

6-1

229

25

3

Tennessee

66

Gardner, Andrew

G

6-6

308

26

2

Georgia Tech

88

Graham, Garrett

TE

6-3

240

25

2

Wisconsin

17

Graham, Shayne

K

6-0

214

34

11

Virginia Tech

43

Grimes, Jonathan

RB

5-10

207

22

R

William & Mary

26

Harris, Brandon

CB

5-10

195

22

R

Miami (Fla.)

91

Harris, Ra'Shon

DT

6-5

300

25

2

Oregon

2

Hartmann, Brett

P

6-2

227

24

R

Central Michigan

16

Holliday, Trindon

KR

5-5

170

26

2

Louisiana State

72

Hunter, David

NT

6-2

306

22

R

Houston

19

Iglesias, Juaquin

WR

6-1

202

24

1

Oklahoma

89

Jackson, Jerrell

WR

6-0

192

 

R

Missouri

25

Jackson, Kareem

DB

5-10

188

24

2

Alabama

53

James, Bradie

ILB

6-2

246

31

9

LSU

96

Jamison, Tim

DE

6-3

285

26

3

Michigan

18

Jean, Lestar

WR

6-3

205

24

R

Florida Atlantic

80

Johnson, Andre

WR

6-3

226

30

9

Miami (Fla.)

64

Johnson, Delano

OLB

6-4

266

24

R

Bowie State

60

Jones, Ben

C

6-3

303

22

R

Georgia

5

Jones, Donnie

P

6-2

220

31

8

LSU

87

Jones, Dwight

WR

6-3

230

23

R

North Carolina

24

Joseph, Johnathan

CB

5-11

191

28

6

South Carolina

7

Keenum, Case

QB

6-1

206

24

R

Houston

31

Keo, Shiloh

S

6-0

212

24

R

Idaho

90

Loiseau, Shawn

ILB

6-0

236

22

R

Merrimack

84

Louis, Mario

WR

6-0

195

 

R

Grambling State

15

Maehl, Jeff

WR

6-0

178

23

R

Oregon

38

Manning, Danieal

S

5-11

209

29

6

Abilene Christian

34

Marrow, Desmond

S

6-2

208

24

R

Toledo

82

Martin, Keshawn

WR

5-11

194

22

R

Michigan State

21

McCain, Brice

CB

5-9

180

25

3

Utah

22

McManis, Sherrick

CB

5-11

193

24

2

Northwestern

30

Meggett, Davin

RB

5-8

211

22

R

Maryland

77

Menkin, Nathan

T

6-4

296

 

R

Mary Hardin-Baylor

59

Mercilus, Whitney

OLB

6-4

254

21

R

Illinois

92

Mitchell, Earl

NT

6-3

289

24

2

Arizona

69

Mondek, Nick

T

6-5

304

23

R

Purdue

68

Moore, Rennie

DE

6-3

271

23

R

Clemson

55

Myers, Chris

C

6-4

289

30

7

Miami (Fla.)

57

Nading, Jesse

OLB

6-5

261

26

3

Colorado State

75

Newton, Derek

T

6-5

307

24

R

Arkansas State

33

Nolan, Troy

SS

6-2

202

25

3

Arizona State

35

Pleasant, Eddie

S

5-10

213

23

R

Oregon

29

Quin, Glover

SS

6-0

209

26

3

New Mexico

58

Reed, Brooks

OLB

6-2

250

25

R

Arizona

97

Robertson, Tracy

DE

6-4

285

22

R

Baylor

8

Schaub, Matt

QB

6-5

241

31

8

Virginia

51

Sharpton, Darryl

ILB

5-11

230

24

2

Miami (Fla.)

94

Smith, Antonio

DE

6-4

280

30

8

Oklahoma State

28

Smith, Derrell

FB

6-2

232

24

R

Syracuse

71

Smith, Shelley

G

6-3

297

25

2

Colorado State

74

Smith, Wade

G

6-4

310

31

8

Memphis

48

Supernaw, Phillip

TE

6-5

246

22

R

Ouachita Baptist

44

Tate, Ben

RB

5-11

214

23

2

Auburn

70

Wallace, Cody

C

6-4

300

27

3

Texas A&M

83

Walter, Kevin

WR

6-3

217

30

9

Eastern Michigan

99

Watt, J.J.

DE

6-5

288

23

R

Wisconsin

46

Weeks, Jonathan

LS

5-10

242

26

2

Baylor

67

White, Cody

G

6-3

303

24

R

Illinois State

49

Williams, Greg

ILB

6-1

239

23

R

Pittsburgh

42

Williams, Torri

DB

6-2

208

25

2

Purdue

13

Yates, T.J

QB

6-4

220

25

R

North Carolina

Unsigned Draft Pick

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

79

Brooks, Brandon

G

6-5

346

22

R

Miami (Ohio)

11

Posey, DeVier

WR

6-1

208

23

R

Ohio State

Unrestricted Free Agent

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

34

Barber, Dominique

FS

6-0

210

25

4

Minnesota

93

Bulman, Tim

DE

6-4

281

29

5

Boston College

17

Delhomme, Jake

QB

6-2

215

37

13

Louisiana-Lafayette

7

Garcia, Jeff

QB

6-1

205

 

12

San Jose State

89

Johnson, Bryant

WR

6-3

212

31

9

Penn State

64

Studdard, Kasey

G

6-3

306

28

5

Texas

1

Turk, Matt

P

6-5

251

44

16

Wis.-Whitewater

32

Ward, Derrick

RB

5-11

240

31

8

Ottawa (Kan.)

 

 

 


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