The Texans did not draft a tight end or a fullback this year. They have not signed any free agents at either position despite the offseason departures of tight end Joel Dreessen and fullback Lawrence Vickers.
It sounds like James Casey will help replace both.
“He’s going to play everywhere,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on Monday at the Texans Charity Golf Classic presented by Verizon. “He’s our starting fullback today; he’s our starting Tiger today if we go to two tights (tight ends), so James is going to play all over the place. It’s still about versatility with James, so that really hasn’t changed.”
Casey, who once played seven positions in a single game at Rice, moved from tight end to fullback before the start of last season. He had a hybrid H-back type of role, lining up in a variety of spots and adding new wrinkles to the Texans’ offense. His momentum at fullback was interrupted by a Week 5 pectoral injury that led to more playing time for Vickers.
“He can handle so much, and it makes us tough to handle when we’re able to do a lot of things with him,” Kubiak said. “If you go back to the first month of the season last year with all the movement and the things we did with him, I think it makes it very difficult on some people, so hopefully we get back to that.”
Along with Casey, tight end Garrett Graham also has a chance for more playing time this season. At fullback, the Texans have young options in undrafted rookie Jason Ford from Illinois and converted linebacker Derrell Smith.
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