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Coach’s Commentary: Special Teams

Posted by Nick Scurfield on July 27, 2012 – 9:12 pm

The final installment of our position-by-position preview of the 2012 Texans provides a look at the special teams. Here’s what Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, who has been with the team since its first season in 2002, has to say about the Texans’ projected starters at each position (Note: two punters are included because Brett Hartmann is suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy):

On K Randy Bullock: “Obviously, we thought a lot of Randy to draft him in the fifth round, and he’s proven through his time here in the offseason that he’s capable of kicking in this league. Very tough-minded. A lot of times, kickers have the ability but their mental makeup, one might be stronger than the other. I think he’s strong mentally, I think that’s important for his position – if he should miss a kick, to be tough enough to move on and have a short memory. He’s a good kickoff guy, and the fact that he’s from Houston is kind of lagniappe. That’s a little bit something extra because he wanted to be here, and we think he has a long career in the league. It’s an important job, and I think he’s up to the challenge.”

On P Brett Hartmann: “Brett missed some valuable time in the offseason because of his injury, but Brett has proven that he can play in this league from his rookie year. Last year, there were four rookie punters, and he was the best out of those four. He just needs time. He’s an outstanding kickoff guy. He’s athletic. He’s strong, and he’s young, and he’s a guy that has a lot of upside. As an undrafted free agent punter, to come in and do what he did last year without having the OTAs and having to break some bad habits and trying to train him to be an NFL punter, I think he still has upside. He’s the best kickoff guy I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been around doing this a long time – 1986 was my first year in the NFL. I’ve never see a guy kick the ball through the uprights and hang the ball 4.6 seconds. I have never seen that.”

On P Donnie Jones: “Donnie brings a lot of experience. I remember studying Donnie out of LSU. I think I gave him a fifth-round grade. Has had a good career. Probably seen it all – different kind of conditions, game conditions, philosophies. What he also brings to the table, he’s also a good holder. He’s a really, really good holder, which is important, because we’ve got a young kicker and an experienced kicker, and he’d be good for the young kicker. But we’re going to do whatever Donnie does best. He’s a vet. He’s going to call the game, not me, because he’s the guy with the ball. So if he wants to hang that ball high down the middle, let’s go. If he hits it right or left, he can directional punt. He could hang the punt. We’re trying to teach him the Aussie punt inside the 10, kind of a knuckle ball to keep the ball out of the end zone, because he does have a strong leg and that Aussie punt, you can hit it hard and it just won’t travel as far, won’t go anywhere. He’s never done that, and he’s going to try to master that.”

On LS Jon Weeks: “Jon Weeks is a little jugs-gun machine. He’s been flawless since he’s been here. He’ll continue to be flawless. He’s a good worker, good guy. No one should know who our snapper is, because he’s never snapped one over the head or we couldn’t get a punt off or get a field goal off, so Jon does a good job. He’s just good. He’s good. When Donnie (Jones) got here, he couldn’t believe how good the snapper was here. Donnie’s been around a few snappers. He’s just mastered his craft.”

The position-by-position season preview articles and Coach’s Commentary quotes for each projected starter are featured in the 2012 Houston Texans Yearbook, which is on sale now at the Go Texan Store at Reliant Stadium and online at shop.houstontexans.com.


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Second week of Texans OTAs in the books

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 31, 2012 – 4:16 pm

Six practices down, four to go.

The Texans finished their second week of organized team activities (OTAs) on Thursday at the Methodist Training Center. They had three practices this week and three last week, and they’ll have four more next week from June 4-7.

“(We were) really good defensively today,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “I thought we ended the week (with) probably one of our best defensive practices. So that means it probably wasn’t very good offensively, but that’s good. We’ve got good competition going on and we’ve been good and healthy throughout this course of the first six days. We’ve got a lot of things to cover next week, but I’ve been pleased.”

Kubiak, who’s entering his seventh season with the Texans, has been especially impressed with the competition on both sides of the ball in OTAs.

“It’s the best I’ve seen,” he said. “We had a lot of new faces last year getting started in camp, so they’re (now) familiar with each other. They get on each other pretty good out here and they compete pretty good. That’s a sign of a good football team, when you’re going back and forth at each other all the time.”

The Texans started working with sub packages this week. They’ll install even more information next week as they prepare for a mandatory June 12-14 mini-camp.

“We’ve got a lot of teaching to do,” Kubiak said. “We’ve got a lot of things we want to cover: two-minute, red zone, a lot of stuff. Just want to get that covered, and hopefully I’m feeling good about the end of the week next week with everything that the veterans have done and then we’ll see where we’re at going into mini-camp.”

Quarterback Matt Schaub (foot), wide receiver Andre Johnson (knee), linebacker Darryl Sharpton (quad), punter Brett Hartmann (knee) and rookie nose tackle Hebron Fangupo (knee) did not practice this week. Kubiak expects Fangupo, who was injured on the first day of OTAs, to return on Monday. The other players are expected to be ready for training camp.


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Joe Marciano gives the rundown on Texans’ special teams

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 15, 2012 – 5:15 pm

Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano joined “Texans All Access” on Tuesday on SportsRadio 610, giving insightful comments on the competition spots in the special teams unit.

The entire interview is worth a listen — Marciano also discussed the upcoming “First Down Dads” event on June 9 — but here’s a snapshot of what he said:

Kicker
The Texans have two kickers on the roster, Randy Bullock (rookie fifth-round draft pick out of Texas A&M) and Shayne Graham (11-year veteran, signed on May 8). Marciano made it clear the job won’t be given to Bullock. “He has to compete to make the team first,” Marciano said. “If he can beat Shayne out, then I think he’s going to be very good for us.” Marciano said he’ll chart every kick Bullock and Graham make this offseason, similar to the competition between Neil Rackers and Kris Brown in 2010 that lasted through the preseason. “Over the long haul through the OTAs and training camp, there’ll be somewhere in the vicinity of 130-150 kicks that we’ve charted, and let the best man win,” Marciano said. Marciano also praised Bullock’s strong-mindedness, calling him “almost unflappable, almost unbreakable.” And he went out of his way to throw in this at the end of the interview: “There’s a reason why there was six kickers franchise tagged this year. I mean, that’s unheard of. I think the reason is, when you’ve got one, you better hold on to him. So if Bullock comes through for us, which I think he might, we’ll have one for a long time.”

Punter
The Texans also have two punters, Donnie Jones (eight-year veteran, signed March 30) and Brett Hartmann (undrafted in 2011, torn ACL in Week 13). Hartmann is suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season and still rehabbing from his injury, and Marciano said he won’t be able to work until training camp. “Brett has a lot of upside,” Marciano said. “As an undrafted free agent punter, to come in and do what he did last year without having the OTAs and having to break some bad habits and trying to train him to be an NFL punter, I think he still has upside. He’s a tremendous kickoff guy. Let’s not forget that. I mean, he’s the best kickoff guy I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been around doing this a long time – 1986 was my first year in the NFL. I’ve never see a guy kick the ball through the uprights and hang the ball 4.6 seconds. I have never seen that.” On Jones, Marciano said he had a fourth- or fifth-round grade on him coming out of LSU in 2004 and that “he’s proved to be an NFL-caliber kicker.”

Kicker/Punter
With the Texans having four players at the two positions and Hartmann having the ability to punt and kick off, the Texans could end up with several different kicker/punter combinations. “(Hartmann) could be one of the guys, Graham could be the other,” Marciano said. “Hartmann could be one, Bullock could be the other. Donnie Jones could be one. You don’t know how it’s going to shake it out.”

Kick Returner
Asked about fourth-round draft pick Keshawn Martin’s return skills, Marciano said wide receivers Juaquin Iglesias and Trindon Holliday are also in the mix to return kicks for the Texans in 2012. The “sleeper of the group,” he said, is Davin Meggett, an undrafted rookie running back from Maryland and the son of former Pro Bowl returner Dave Meggett. “When I first got in the league, his dad torched me back in the day,” Marciano said. “His dad was a dynamite returner. He can do both punts and kickoffs.” Marciano said Holliday, one of the fastest players in college football history, “can be a dynamite returner in this league,” adding: “I would hate to play against him. But the thing about him here, he has to make it as a receiver. We don’t have the luxury just to carry an extra guy (solely as a returner).”


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Joe Marciano talks Donnie Jones, Brett Hartmann and Neil Rackers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 30, 2012 – 2:09 pm

The Texans shored up their special teams on Friday by signing punter Donnie Jones, a free agent who spent the last five seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

Jones is now the second punter on the roster. He joins Brett Hartmann, an undrafted rookie in 2011 who’s still rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered on Dec. 4. Hartmann is suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season because of a failed drug test.

The Texans still do not have a kicker, as Neil Rackers remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent. Rackers went 59-of-68 (86.8 percent) on field goals over the last two seasons in Houston.

Special teams coordinator Joe Marciano discussed Jones, Hartmann and Rackers on Friday at Reliant Stadium:

What excites you about this signing?
“We got a veteran player who’s young in age. You know, 31’s not old by any means. He’s a local guy – he’s from Baton Rouge, so I consider him local. I’ve watched him punt throughout his career, and overall, I think he’s a solid addition to our team as a person and as a player.”

Jones was top-four in the NFL in net punting average from 2007-10 but 26th in 2011. What happened, and are you concerned about the drop-off?
“I think when you look at numbers, you’ve got to watch the tape to see where they were punting; what type of coverage teams he had. Did they miss tackles? Did he have good core special teams guys playing with him? You’ve got to go to tape and see what happened. All I know is he came out in 2004 and he got cut in the middle of the year, and then two years later, he has a 50-yard average and is number one in the league. So he’s proven he can work through the growing pains. He’s met some adversity. He’s dealt with it. He’s moved on. Like I said, I’m glad we got him.”

How does he rate as far as hang time and other particular attributes?
“He can hang the ball. That’s the number one prerequisite of a punter. I watched his whole season last year. He started out real strong. Coming out of training camp and in the preseason games, he had more 5.0s [hang time] in the first four games than I’ve seen around here in a long time. I’m gonna tell you, the guy can hit a 5.0. He can angle punt. He can punt the ball out of bounds if you need to. He’s pretty good at everything. And he’s a good holder – a really good holder.”

Where does this leave Brett Hartmann?
“Well, Brett’s gotta understand, he has to compete when he comes back. We know Brett has the ability to kick off really, really well. Just come in and compete. Last year, he was practically handed the job and it was his to screw up, but he did pretty good. Now, he has to compete for the punting job.”

Does Jones kick off?
“He can, in a pinch.”

Where do things stand with Neil Rackers?
“We’d like to have Neil back, but now it’s in the agent and [vice president of football administration] Chris Olsen’s hands.”


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Texans reportedly agree to terms with P Donnie Jones

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 29, 2012 – 9:07 am

According to multiple reports, the Texans reached a contract agreement with free agent punter Donnie Jones. The move has not been announced by the team and, as such, is not yet official.

ProFootballTalk says it’s a two-year deal, citing a league source. Jones, 31, would be the Texans’ first free agent signing from another team in 2012. The only punter on the Texans’ roster is Brett Hartmann, an undrafted rookie in 2011 who is coming off a torn ACL and facing a three-game suspension at the start of the upcoming season.

Jones has a career net average of 38.8 yards per punt in eight NFL seasons. He spent the last five seasons with the St. Louis Rams and was a second-team All-Pro in 2008 and 2009. Jones ranked 26th in the NFL last season with a net average of 37.0 yards per punt, but he ranked in the top-four in each season from 2007-10.

Jones also was nicknamed “Thunderfoot” in high school and wrote a book about LSU’s 2003 national championship season.


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By the numbers: Top-10 Texans in 2011

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2012 – 11:02 am

On Tuesday, we looked at where the Texans ranked statistically as a team in 2011. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who finished in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub (season-ending foot injury, Week 10)
6th in passer rating (96.8)
3rd in yards per attempt (8.49)
6th in touchdown percentage (5.1)
6th in interception percentage (2.1)

RB Arian Foster (missed Weeks 1 & 3, hamstring; Week 17, rest)
1st in scrimmage yards per game (141.6)
2nd in rushing yards per game (100.4)
5th in rushing yards (1,224)
T-8th in rushing touchdowns (10)
5th in rushing first downs (58)
T-8th in runs of 10+ yards (32)
3rd in yards from scrimmage (1,841)
9th in scrimmage touchdowns (12)
2nd in average yards after catch (12.1)

RB Ben Tate (missed Week 5, groin)
7th in average yards per carry (5.4)
T-6th in rushing first downs (53)
T-5th in runs of 10+ yards (34)

OLB Connor Barwin
T-9th in sacks (11.5)

K Neil Rackers
T-5th in total points (135)
T-3rd in field goals made (32)
6th in 50+ FG percentage (80.0)

P Brett Hartmann (season-ending knee injury, Week 13)
8th in punting long (69)

WR Jacoby Jones
T-3rd in punt return touchdowns (1)
T-9th in punt return long (79t)
T-9th in long reception (80t)


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By the numbers: Top-10 Texans through Week 16

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 30, 2011 – 10:28 am

On Wednesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through 15 games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub (season-ending foot injury, Week 10)
3rd in yards per attempt (8.49)
6th in touchdown percentage (5.1)
7th in interception percentage (2.1)
5th in passer rating (96.8)

RB Arian Foster (missed Weeks 1 & 3, hamstring)
3rd in rushing yards (1,224)
T-5th in rushing touchdowns (10)
4th in rushing first downs (58)
T-5th in runs of 10+ yards (32)
2nd in yards from scrimmage (1,841)
T-8th in scrimmage touchdowns (12)
2nd in average yards after catch (12.1)

RB Ben Tate (missed Week 5, groin)
7th in average yards per carry (5.3)
T-5th in runs of 10+ yards (32)

OLB Connor Barwin
T-9th in sacks (11.5)

K Neil Rackers
6th in total points (125)
5th in field goals made (29)

P Brett Hartmann (season-ending knee injury, Week 13)
8th in punting long (69)

WR Jacoby Jones
T-3rd in punt return touchdowns (1)


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By the numbers: Top-10 Texans through Week 15

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 22, 2011 – 2:12 pm

On Tuesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through 14 games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub (season-ending foot injury, Week 10)
3rd in yards per attempt (8.49)
5th in passer rating (96.8)

RB Arian Foster (missed Weeks 1 & 3, hamstring)
6th in rushing yards (1,066)
T-7th in rushing touchdowns (9)
5th in rushing first downs (52)
T-9th in runs of 10+ yards (28)
3rd in yards from scrimmage (1,667)
8th in scrimmage touchdowns (11)
2nd in average yards after catch (12.5)

RB Ben Tate (missed Week 5, groin)
2nd in average yards per carry (5.5)
T-7th in rushing first downs (47)
T-4th in runs of 10+ yards (32)

CB Johnathan Joseph
T-8th in interceptions (4)
T-8th in passes defensed (15)

CB Jason Allen
T-8th in interceptions (4)

K Neil Rackers
7th in total points (115)
T-5th in field goals made (26)

P Brett Hartmann (season-ending knee injury, Week 13)
8th in punting long (69)


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By the numbers: Top-10 Texans through Week 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 15, 2011 – 5:42 pm

On Tuesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through 13 games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories. Both topics will be weekly blog posts in this space throughout the 2011 season.

QB Matt Schaub (season-ending foot injury, Week 10)
3rd in yards per attempt (8.49)
5th in passer rating (96.8)

RB Arian Foster (missed Weeks 1 & 3, hamstring)
8th in rushing yards (957)
T-7th in rushing touchdowns (8)
5th in rushing first downs (47)
T-10th in runs of 10+ yards (25)
3rd in yards from scrimmage (1,500)
T-7th in scrimmage touchdowns (10)
2nd in average yards after catch (12.5)

RB Ben Tate (missed Week 5, groin)
1st in average yards per carry (5.6)
6th in rushing first downs (46)
2nd in runs of 10+ yards (32)

OLB Connor Barwin
10th in sacks (9.5)

CB Johnathan Joseph
T-7th in interceptions (4)
T-6th in passes defensed (15)

CB Jason Allen
T-7th in interceptions (4)

K Neil Rackers
7th in total points (108)
T-7th in field goals made (24)

P Brett Hartmann (season-ending knee injury, Week 13)
7th in punting long (69)


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By the numbers: Top-10 Texans through Week 13

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 8, 2011 – 10:47 am

On Wednesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through 12 games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

Both topics will be weekly blog posts in this space throughout the 2011 season.

QB Matt Schaub (season-ending foot injury, Week 10)
3rd in yards per attempt (8.49)
5th in passer rating (96.8)
T-10th in passes of 25+ yards (23)

RB Arian Foster (missed Weeks 1 & 3, hamstring)
T-8th in rushing yards (916)
T-6th in rushing touchdowns (8)
4th in rushing first downs (46)
T-8th in runs of 10+ yards (25)
4th in yards from scrimmage (1,426)
7th in scrimmage touchdowns (10)
2nd in average yards after catch (12.8)

RB Ben Tate (missed Week 5, groin)
4th in average yards per carry (5.5)
8th in rushing first downs (42)
T-2nd in runs of 10+ yards (29)

CB Johnathan Joseph
T-5th in interceptions (4)
T-8th in passes defensed (13)

CB Jason Allen
T-5th in interceptions (4)

K Neil Rackers
8th in total points (100)
T-7th in field goals made (22)

P Brett Hartmann (season-ending knee injury, Week 13)
7th in punting long (69)

WR Jacoby Jones
8th in punt return average (11.1)
T-3rd in punt return touchdowns (1)


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