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Texans-Jaguars postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2010 – 10:35 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 31-24 loss to the Texans at Jacksonville in Week 10:

• Houston fell to 4-5 on the season and head coach Gary Kubiak’s career record now stands at 35-38.

• Houston’s 2010 road record is now 2-2.

• Houston now trails 9-8 in the all-time series with Jacksonville.

• All three of Houston’s scoring drives in the second half were 80 yards long, marking the first time season the team had three drives of 80 yards or more in a game.
 
• Houston out-gained Jacksonville 170-78 in the third quarter.

• Houston outscored Jacksonville 14-0 in the third quarter. Houston’s 14 third-quarter points were the most by the team this season, and it was the third time they have shut out an opponent in the third quarter this season. The Texans’ previous third-quarter high was 10 points, scored against Washington (9/19) and at Oakland (10/3).

• The third quarter marked the second time this season the Texans put together back-to-back 80-yard touchdown drives. Houston had consecutive drives of 86 and 80 yards against Kansas City in Week 6.

• The Texans’ opening drive of the game was 10 plays for 69 yards, lasting 4:28 and ending with a 24-yard field goal from K Neil Rackers. It marked the most plays on an opening drive by the Texans this season. The Texans opened Week 1 with a nine-play drive against Indianapolis (9/12).

• It was the fourth time Houston has scored on an opening drive this season. The Texans also scored on their opening drive against Indianapolis (9/12), at Oakland (10/3) and against San Diego (11/7). 

• Jacksonville’s 88 net passing yards tied for the fewest allowed in the first half by the Texans defense this season. Houston’s also allowed 88 net passing yards in the first half at Indianapolis (11/1).

• WR David Anderson’s 19-yard reception in the third quarter was his longest reception of the season.

• Anderson finished the game with a season-best two receptions for 27 yards.

• DE Mark Anderson’s sack of David Garrard in the first quarter resulted in a loss of nine yards and was his second of the season.

• LB Kevin Bentley finished the game with a season-high seven tackles, including five in the first half. His previous season-high was five tackles against San Diego in Week 9.

• TE James Casey made the first start of his career. He finished with one reception for 18 yards.

• RB Arian Foster’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his team-leading 10th rushing touchdown of the season. Foster moved into sole possession of second place on the Texans’ single-season rushing touchdown list and trails only Domanick Williams, who had 13 rushing touchdowns in 2004.

• Foster’s touchdown was his 11th of the season, moving him into sole possession of second place on the Texans single-season touchdowns scored list behind Domanick Williams’ 14 in 2004.

• Foster finished with 56 yards on 15 carries and moved past Jonathan Wells (1,167 yards) into fifth place on the Texans all-time rushing list with 1,177 yards. He entered the game with 1,121 career rushing yards.

• Foster now has 920 yards rushing on 172 carries with 10 touchdowns and ranks second on the team to K Neil Rackers (67 points) with 66 points scored)

• WR Andre Johnson extended his own team record by catching at least one pass in 74 consecutive games. He now has a catch in 108 of 109 career games played after making a five-yard catch in the first quarter. The catch was also the 631st of Johnson’s career, tying him with Raymond Berry and Anquan Boldin for 46th on the NFL’s All-time list.

• Johnson pulled in a 60-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the third quarter, marking his longest reception of the season and fifth-longest reception of his career. It was the longest pass play for the Texans this season.

• Johnson had nine receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. It marked his 34th 100-yard receiving game of Johnson’s career and his fourth of the season. Johnson has gone over 100 yards in three of his last four games.

• Johnson’s nine-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the 46th of his career. Johnson had 103 yards receiving on four receptions in the third quarter.

• Johnson now has 1,118 career receiving yards against Jacksonville. He entered the game with 972 career receiving yards against the Jaguars.

• Johnson ran his season receiving totals to a team-best 52 receptions for 781 yards and four touchdowns. For his career, Johnson ranks 43rd all-time in NFL history with 639 receptions and ranks 56th all-time with 8,729 yards, surpassing John Stallworth’s (1974-87) 8,723 yards.

• DT Amobi Okoye recorded his second sack of the season in the third quarter, dropping QB David Garrard for a loss of seven yards. Okoye’s 2.0 sacks for the season are his most since recording 5.5 as a rookie in 2007.

• Rackers scored for the ninth consecutive game to tie him with Domanick Williams (2004) for the third-longest scoring streak in franchise history.

• CB Glover Quin set a career high with 13 solo tackles, besting his former career mark of seven, set against Seattle on December 13, 2009. He also set a career high for tackles, bettering his mark of eight against Seattle (12/13/09).

• Quin’s 13 solo tackles tie for the second-highest total ever by a Texan, equaling Xavier Adibi (11/18/08 at Indianapolis) and DeMeco Ryans (11/26/06 at N.Y. Jets). The team record is 14 solo tackles, held by Ryans (12/3/06 at Oakland) and Jay Foreman (11/16/08 vs. New England).

• Quin’s 13 solo tackles are the most ever by a Texans defensive back.

• QB Matt Schaub completed 22-of-32 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 121.1 passer rating. It marked his 17th 300-yard game as a pro and his 21st game with a 100.0-plus passer rating as a starter and 22nd overall. It was his third 300-yard game of the season and also his third game with a passer rating of 100.0 or more this season. 

• For the season, Schaub has completed 192-of-299 passes for 2,320 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He threw his 65th career touchdown pass as a Texan to Kevin Walter in the fourth quarter, extending his own team record.

• WR Kevin Walter, who was held without a catch in the three games prior, had two catches for 32 yards on the Texans’ opening drive. He finished the first half with three receptions for 40 yards to lead the Texans.

• Walter ended the day with six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. It marked his highest receiving totals since catching 11 passes for 144 yards in Week 2 at Washington.

• Walter’s fourth-quarter touchdown reception was the 20th of his career and 19th as a Texan, moving him past Corey Bradford into third place on the Texans all-time touchdowns scored list.

• Jacksonville won the toss and elected to receive.

• Today’s game captains were LB Kevin Bentley, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE Mario Williams.


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D.A.’s mom shares his story

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 10, 2010 – 10:46 am

From the NFLPA and USA Football, here’s an interview with Texans wide receiver David Anderson’s mother, Katie, describing her son’s road to the NFL.

“David tried playing football for the first time in the fourth grade,” Katie Anderson recalls in the interview. “Growing up, he and his friends all played the same sports together, and they wanted to try football.”

Check out the link for the rest of the story.


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Sheppard not alone with practice squad roots

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 30, 2010 – 11:17 am

Defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard was promoted to the active roster on Monday after spending the first seven weeks of his rookie season on the Texans’ practice squad.

An undrafted free agent from Arkansas, Sheppard is the ninth player on the Texans’ 53-man roster to have been promoted from the practice squad at some point in his career.

Here’s a look at the rest, which includes six players who have started for the Texans this season (starters denoted by *):

WR David Anderson – Seventh-round draft pick in 2006 (Texans). Spent first six weeks of rookie season on Texans’ practice squad.

G Mike Brisiel* – Undrafted free agent in 2006 (Texans). Spent entire rookie season and 13 weeks of 2007 season on Texans’ practice squad.

RB Arian Foster* – Undrafted free agent in 2009 (Texans). Spent first 11 weeks of rookie season on Texans’ practice squad.

FB Vonta Leach* – Undrafted free agent in 2004 (Green Bay Packers). Spent first 11 weeks of rookie season on Packers’ practice squad.

C Chris Myers* – Sixth-round draft pick in 2005 (Denver Broncos). Spent first four weeks of rookie season on Broncos’ practice squad.

DE Jesse Nading – Undrafted free agent in 2008 (Texans). Spent first 11 weeks of rookie season and 15 weeks of 2009 season on Texans’ practice squad.

DE Antonio Smith* – Fifth-round pick in 2004 (Arizona Cardinals). Spent first 13 weeks of rookie season and four weeks of 2005 season on Cardinals’ practice squad. Also played for the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europe in 2005.

WR Kevin Walter* – Seventh-round pick in 2003 (New York Giants). Spent first five weeks of rookie season on Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad.

The Texans also have two practice squad veterans on their injured reserve list:

DE Tim Bulman – Undrafted free agent in 2005 (Arizona Cardinals). Spent first nine weeks of rookie season on Cardinals’ practice squad. Spent 11 weeks of 2006 season and 15 weeks of 2007 season on Texans’ practice squad.

LB Darnell Bing – Fourth-round pick in 2006 (Detroit Lions). Spent time on practice squads of San Francisco 49ers (2007), Detroit Lions (2008) and Texans (2009).


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Ifs and buts…

Posted by drewdougherty on October 26, 2010 – 5:20 pm

If you’ve watched a ‘QnA with D.A.’ (and if you haven’t, why the heck not?), you’ve sometimes seen wide receiver David Anderson ask his guests the “What if?” question. As in: “What if you suited up in your high school uniform and joined back up with the current team they’re fielding? What would you accomplish?”

Anderson said he would play running back and average 220 yards per game.

We passed tight end James Casey in the hall yesterday and threw out Anderson’s “What if?” to him, seeing as how he was back at his alma mater (Azle High School) over the weekend. The Fort Worth-area team took it on the chin against Aledo on Friday night, but Casey said if he’d lined up for Azle, he would’ve played defensive tackle and totally stuffed the Aledo run game.

It’s always fun to ponder the “What if?”, whether you’re an NFL player or just regular person.


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Texans-Giants postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 10, 2010 – 7:04 pm

Postgame notes from the Texans’ public relations staff:

  • Despite the loss, Houston still matched its best start through five games. The Texans also opened 3-2 in 2007.
  • The Houston defense limited the Giants offense to 36 percent (5-of-14) on third-down attempts.  It was the fourth time in five games that the Texans held their opponent below 40 percent on third down.
  • Today’s game captain for the Texans was LB Brian Cushing. He joined season-long captains WR Andre Johnson, LB DeMeco Ryans, QB Matt Schaub and DE Mario Williams at midfield for the coin toss prior to kickoff.
  • The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.  It was the first time this season that Houston won the toss.
  • Today’s total paid attendance was 71,110.  It marked the 85th consecutive sellout at Reliant Stadium for the Texans.  Houston has sold out every home game, including preseason and regular season contests, in franchise history.
  • WR David Anderson recorded his first punt returns of the season and his first since 2007.  Anderson’s only previous career punt return went for no gain on 10/21/07 vs. Tennessee.
  • Anderson finished the game with four punt returns for 26 yards, an average of 6.5 yards per return.
  • LB Brian Cushing made his 2010 debut after missing the first four games of the season.
  • Cushing finished the game with nine tackles, including four solos, a pass defensed and two quarterback hits.
  • TE Owen Daniels extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 46 with a 19-yard catch on the first play of the game.
  • Daniels’ 45 yards in the first half are already a 2010 season high for him.  His three first-half receptions tied his season high.  He also had three catches in Week 3 vs. Dallas (9/26).TE Joel Dreessen made his second consecutive start when the Texans opened in a two tight end formation.
  • Rookie CB Kareem Jackson registered his first career interception when he picked off Giants QB Eli Manning in the third quarter.  Jackson returned the pick 23 yards, which was the longest return of the season for the Texans.
  • WR Andre Johnson extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 70 with a 48-yard reception in the third quarter.  He has caught at least one pass in 105 of his 106 career games.
  • With his fifth catch of the game, a six-yard gain in the fourth quarter, Johnson moved past Keith Byers into 49th place in NFL history with 611 career catches.
  • Johnson moved up three places on the NFL’s career receiving yardage list.  His 95 yards in the game gave him 8,298 for his career.  That ranks 66th in league history.  He passed former Houston Oilers WR Ernest Givens (8,215), Curtis Conway (8,230) and Carroll Dale (8,277) today.
  • Rookie CB Sherrick McManis registered his first career interception when he picked off Giants QB Eli Manning in the third quarter. 
    McManis’ interception was the first by a Texans cornerback this season and the first since 11/29/09 vs. Indianapolis.
  • DT Earl Mitchell made a career-high five tackles in the game, including four assists.
  • FS Troy Nolan made his first career start.
  • Nolan made a career-high seven tackles, including five solos in his first career start.
  • SS Bernard Pollard registered his third consecutive game with double-digit tackles, finishing with 10 stops, eight of which were solos.  He also had a pass defensed.  Prior to this three-week stretch, Pollard made 10 or more tackles six times in the previous 62 games.
  • K Neil Rackers made a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter, giving him at least one field goal in every game this season.
    With his extra point in the third quarter, Rackers upped his career scoring total to 945, which moved him past Chris Jacke into 48th place on the NFL’s all-time scoring list among kickers.
  • LB DeMeco Ryans recorded 11 tackles in the game, including eight solos.  It was his fourth double-digit tackle game of the year and his 26th career double-digit game.
  • Ryans’ 11 tackles led the team.  It was the 30th time in 69 career games that he either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.
  • QB Matt Schaub finished the game with 16-of-34 for 196 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 53.1.  It was Schaub’s first game without a touchdown pass this season and snapped a team-record string of 12 straight games with a touchdown throw.
  • P Matt Turk had four punts downed inside the Giants 20-yard line in the game.  His four punts inside the 20 were tied for the second-most in a game in his career.  He had five in a game three times and has had four 12 times.
  • RB Derrick Ward scored from one yard out in the third quarter.  It was his second rushing touchdown of the season and his second in as many games.
  • Ward scored in back-to-back games for the second time in his career.  He also scored in consecutive outings on 10/7/07 and 10/15/07 while a member of the New York Giants.

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Texans-Giants inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 10, 2010 – 10:42 am

Hot off the presses, here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 5 game against the New York Giants at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
9 QB Matt Leinart (third quarterback)
12 WR Jacoby Jones
24 CB Karl Paymah
53 LB David Nixon
57 LB Kevin Bentley
64 G Kasey Studdard
88 TE Garrett Graham
96 DE Mark Anderson

Texans starting lineup changes
Troy Nolan will start at free safety for Eugene Wilson. David Anderson will return punts for Jones.

Giants inactives
29 DB D.J. Johnson
39 FB Madison Hedgecock
53 LB Keith Bulluck
55 LB Phillip Dillard
60 C Shaun O’Hara
65 T Will Beatty
80 WR Victor Cruz
94 DE Mathias Kiwanuka

Giants starting lineup changes
Bear Pascoe will start at fullback for Hedgecock. Clint Sintim will start at strongside linebacker for Bulluck.


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Friday fun, fullback chatter

Posted by drewdougherty on October 8, 2010 – 2:37 pm

The Texans wrapped up their practice for the week this afternoon at the Methodist Training Center. Sunday at noon they host the G-Men at Reliant Stadium.

We’ll have Gary Kubiak’s post-practice meeting with the media up shortly, and we’ll also include defensive end Mario Williams’ comments on his groin injury as well. He had an MRI on it yesterday, but reiterated that “It’s fine,” when asked about it by the media in the locker room after practice.

We also shot another installment of ‘QnA with D.A.’ this afternoon, and it promises to be another good one. David Anderson brought in another big-time personality in Vonta Leach, and the Co-Pilot delivered. That will go up on Wednesday morning.

After the ‘QnA with D.A.’ wrapped, we saw Leach and former Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston chatting in the cafeteria. Looked like they were having a pretty cool conversation. Johnston is doing the color-commentary for FOX on Sunday here at the stadium. Tony Siragusa was in the cafeteria as well, and he’ll be on the field as the sideline reporter, with Kenny Albert handling the play-by-play duties.


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Kubiak on Cushing return, QnA with D.A. up

Posted by drewdougherty on October 6, 2010 – 1:53 pm

Progressively, the ‘QnA with D.A.’ segments featuring David Anderson continue to get better, and they started out with a bang. This week’s episode with quarterback Dan Orlovsky touches on “Candy Rain“, Jeff Goldblum and much more. We hope you enjoy it.

We just finished up on the practice field and heard from head coach Gary Kubiak. He was, as you would expect, very happy to have linebacker Brian Cushing back in the fold, and said as much. He also expounded on safety Troy Nolan’s two picks against the Raiders, and said he was encouraged by Andre Johnson’s status today.

We’re headed to the locker room soon, and will have the ENTIRETY of Brian Cushing’s time with the media up on the the site later today.


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Friday wrap

Posted by drewdougherty on October 1, 2010 – 3:52 pm

The week of practice is over, and now the Texans get set for the trip west to Oakland. The plane leaves tomorrow morning, the Raiders await on Sunday and it’s a great chance for the team to push its record to 3-1.

Our conversation with linebacker Zac Diles is up on the site. He’s originally from Tulare, CA, so he’ll see quite a few family members and friends from nearby this week. He’s also charged up to welcome back his buddy Brian Cushing on Monday.

We shot another edition of “QnA with D.A.”, and this time David Anderson compared his guest to Jeff Goldblum. Also, “Candy Rain” and the pop band “All-4-One” were heavily discussed subjects. Yep, the previous sentence is definitely one you can file under the “Stuff you’ll write about when David Anderson has his own segment”.


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Wednesday locker notes

Posted by drewdougherty on September 29, 2010 – 5:10 pm

In case you missed it somehow, the latest installment of “QnA with D.A.” is up on the site. Wideout David Anderson got together with rookie Dorin Dickerson (both are 7th round draft picks, Anderson in 2006, Dickerson this year) and Dickerson is pretty solid at impersonations.

Linebacker Zac Diles (a 7th rounder in 2007) went on the first-ever edition of “QnA with D.A.” a few weeks back. Diles said today that he’s proud of Anderson’s show, and wants on again since he and Xavier Adibi were in his words, “guinea pigs”.

We saw/heard this today in the Texans’ locker room:

  • Cornerback Glover Quin is frustrated by the secondary’s lack of interceptions/turnovers, but thinks they’ll start coming in abundance.
  • Matt Schaub isn’t worried about the franchise getting to 3-1 for the first time in a season, but is instead just focused on getting a W. He also said that Oakland is a “hard place to play from the moment you drive in to the moment you drive out.”
  • Corner Brice McCain said that the secondary’s problems are all correctable, and have primarily been mental mistakes and not physical mismatches with other receivers.
  • Wide receiver Kevin Walter has the utmost respect for Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and based on a few matchups with him over the last few seasons, attributes Asomugha’s success to his ranginess and long arms.
  • Speaking of Asomugha, wide receiver Andre Johnson is impressed as well. He smiled and said that he and the Raiders’ corner have a one-sided conversation during games, and that Johnson is the quiet one. He said that Asomugha might compliment him on a nice move, but that Johnson won’t even acknowledge the remark. But they always talk after the game on the field. 
  • Diles, who hails from Tulare, CA, expects a large contingent of family and friends at the game on Sunday afternoon. He said he’s having to figure out ticket requests. Diles is also mightily impressed with Raiders running back Darren McFadden.

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