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Postgame notes: Patriots 42, Texans 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 11, 2012 – 12:08 am

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from Week 14 at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans lost 42-14 to the New England Patriots:

THE TEXANS

·         Failed to score first for the sixth time this season. Houston fell to 4-2 when allowing its opponents to score first thus far this season.

·         Trailed after one quarter for the fourth time this season and trailed at halftime and after three quarters for the third time this season. Houston fell to 2-2, 1-2 and 1-2 in each instance, respectively.

·         Lost the time of possession battle for the second time this season, holding the ball for 29:11. It was the first time this season that Houston’s time of possession was less than 30:00, since the only other instance in which the Texans lost time of possession was an overtime game at Detroit in Week 12 (11/22).

·         Finished with an even turnover margin for the second time this season. Houston gave the ball away once and had one takeaway in the game. The Texans fell to 1-1 in such instances.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught a 30-yard pass in the third quarter, matching his long for the season. He also had a 30-yard catch in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8), also on Monday Night Football.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 80 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter. The catch was also the 350th of his career.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Caught his 100th career pass on a 14-yard screen pass in the first quarter. Forsett entered the game with 99 career receptions in five seasons.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored his 14th rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter, passing RB Domanick Williams’ total of 13 rushing touchdowns in 2004 for the second-most in team history. Foster holds the franchise single-season record with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

·         Caught his longest pass of the season when he took a screen pass 23 yards in the second quarter. Foster’s previous long was an 18-yard catch in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Established a season high with 39 receiving yards in the game, bettering his previous high of 37 yards from Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Caught his second pass of the game, a gain of 7 yards in the second quarter. It marked Jean’s first career game with multiple receptions.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 1,200 receiving yards in a season for the fourth time in his career, topping the milestone on his seventh catch, a gain of 5 yards in the third quarter. Johnson entered the game with 1,114 yards on the year.

·         Passed Gary Clark (10,856) for 29th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. Johnson now has 10,865 career receiving yards.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 95 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

P DONNIE JONES

·         Punted seven times with five traveling at least 50 yards, including punts of 59, 57 and 56 yards, giving him at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in 11 of Houston’s 13 games this season.

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Registered his first career interception when he picked off a deflected pass from Patriots QB Ryan Mallett in the fourth quarter.

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Sacked New England QB Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave him 6.0 on the season, tying the franchise rookie sack record set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.

NT EARL MITCHELL

·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first career forced fumble.

WR DEVIER POSEY

·         Recorded his first career catch when he hauled in a 19-yard pass from QB T.J. Yates in the fourth quarter.

CB STANFORD ROUTT

·         Made his debut as a Texan, seeing action on special teams and as a reserve on defense.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Surpassed 20,000 career passing yards as a member of the Houston Texans. He entered the game with 19,965 yards as a Texan and topped the milestone on a 13-yard completion to TE Owen Daniels, his fourth pass attempt of the game.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his second forced fumble of the season and the second of his career.

QB T.J. YATES

·         Scored his first career rushing touchdown on a quarterback keeper from 1 yard away in the fourth quarter.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell TE Garrett Graham, NT Terrell McClain, RT Derek Newton, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson, Smith and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss. ILB Brian Cushing, who is on the reserved/injured list, joined his fellow captains at midfield.

·         The Patriots won the toss and deferred their option until the second half. Houston received the opening kickoff.


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First-quarter notes: Patriots 14, Texans 0

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 10, 2012 – 8:26 pm

FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Gillette Stadium, where the Texans trail 14-0 after the first quarter:

THE TEXANS

·         Failed to score first for the sixth time this season. Houston is 4-1 when allowing its opponents to score first thus far this season.

·         Trailed after one quarter for the fourth time this season. Houston is 2-1 when trailing after the opening period thus far this season.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 80 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Caught his 100th career pass on a 14-yard screen pass in the first quarter. Forsett entered the game with 99 career receptions in five seasons.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 95 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.

NT EARL MITCHELL

·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first career forced fumble.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell TE Garrett Graham, NT Terrell McClain, RT Derek Newton, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson, Smith and Watt went to midfield for the pregame coin toss. ILB Brian Cushing, who is on the reserved/injured list, joined his fellow captains at midfield.

·         The Patriots won the toss and deferred their option until the second half. Houston received the opening kickoff.


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Texans-Lions inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 22, 2012 – 10:19 am

DETROIT — Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Texans inactives
11 WR DeVier Posey
24 CB Johnathan Joseph
44 RB Ben Tate
52 ILB Tim Dobbins
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
95 NT Shaun Cody

Texans starting lineup changes
Earl Mitchell will start at nose tackle for Shaun Cody. Darryl Sharpton will start at inside linebacker for Tim Dobbins. Alan Ball will start at cornerback for Johnathan Joseph.

Lions inactives
16 WR Titus Young
17 QB Kellen Moore
21 CB Jacob Lacey
76 T Jeff Backus
78 T Corey Hilliard
97 DE Ronnell Lewis
99 DT Corey Williams

Lions starting lineup changes
Ryan Broles will start at wide receiver for Titus Young. Riley Reiff will start at left tackle for Jeff Backus. Nick Fairley will start at defensive tackle for Corey Williams. Drayton Florence will start at cornerback for Jacoby Lacey.


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Texans-Bears inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 11, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 10 game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
20 CB Roc Carmichael
33 SS Troy Nolan
44 RB Ben Tate
67 G Cody White
79 G Brandon Brooks
81 TE Owen Daniels
95 NT Shaun Cody

Texans starting lineup changes
Garrett Graham will start at tight end for Owen Daniels.Earl Mitchell will start at nose tackle for Shaun Cody.

Bears inactives
17 WR Alshon Jeffery
18 WR Dane Sanzenbacher
70 G/C Edwin Williams
75 DT Matt Toeaina
88 TE Brody Eldridge
91 DT Amobi Okoye
95 DE Cheta Ozougwu

Bears starting lineup changes


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Texans-Jaguars connections

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 12, 2012 – 9:21 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here’s a look at notable connections between the Texans and their Week 2 opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars:

TEXANS WITH CONNECTIONS TO FLORIDA
ILB Mister Alexander (Florida State); RB Justin Forsett (Lakeland); CB Brandon Harris (Miami; Univ. of Miami); WR Lestar Jean (Miami; Florida Atlantic Univ.); WR Andre Johnson (Miami; Univ. of Miami); C Chris Myers (Miami; Univ. of Miami); WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached at Univ. of Florida, 1984-88); LB Coach Reggie Herring (played at Florida State, 1978-80); Assistant Head Coach/DL Bill Kollar (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, played 1977-81, coached 1984); Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coached 1996-01); QB Coach Karl Dorrell (Miami Dolphins, coached 2008-11; Univ. of Central Florida, coached 1989).

JAGUARS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
CB Antwon Blake (Houston; UTEP); LB Kyle Bosworth (Plano); G Uche Nwaneri (Garland); CB Aaron Ross (Tyler; Univ. of Texas); CB Kevin Rutland (Houston); PK Josh Scobee (Longview); WR Mike Thomas (DeSoto); RB Keith Toston (Angleton); WR Coach Jerry Sullivan (coached at Texas Tech 1973-75); Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski (San Angelo).

FORMER JAGUARS ON THE TEXANS
WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached in 2003).

FORMER TEXANS ON THE JAGUARS
Secondary Coach Tony Oden (coached from 2004-05); Assistant Secondary Coach Marlon McCree (played 2003-04).

TEXANS-JAGUARS COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans OLB Brooks Reed and NT Earl Mitchell and Jaguars OL Eben Britton and WR Mike Thomas (Arizona); Texans Offensive Assistant Jim Ryan (1974-78) played for William & Mary with Jaguars LB Coach Mark Duffner (1972-74); Dorrell coached at UCLA when RB Maurice Jones-Drew (2003-05), Bosworth (2005-09), and TE Marcedes Lewis (2002-05) played there; Texans RB Justin Forsett (2004-07) played at California with DT Tyson Alualu (2006-09); Alexander (2006-10) played at Florida State with Jaguars CB Mike Harris (2010-11); Texans DE Tim Jamison (2005-08) played at Michigan with Jaguars QB Chad Henne (2004-07); Texans WR DeVier Posey (2008-11) played at Ohio State with Jaguars C Mike Brewster (2008-11); LG Wade Smith (1999-2001) played at Memphis while DL Coach Joe Cullen (2001) coached there; Texans CB Alan Ball (2002-06) played at Illinois when Cullen (2005) coached there.

TEXANS-JAGUARS PRO CONNECTIONS
LG Wade Smith (2006-07) played for the New York Jets with Jaguars DL C.J. Mosley (2006-08); Texans NT Shaun Cody (2005-08) played for Detroit while Jaguars DL Coach Joe Cullen (2006-08) and Assistant Head Coach/QB Coach Greg Olson (2004-05) coached there; Texans SS Danieal Manning (2006-10) played for Chicago with Jaguars G/C Josh Beekman (2007-10); Texans QB John Beck (2007-08), ILB Tim Dobbins (2010), T Andrew Gardner (2009), and K Shayne Graham (2011) played for Miami with Jaguars QB Chad Henne (2008-11); Beck (2009) and Gardner (2010) played for Baltimore with Jaguars S Dawan Landry (2006-10) and with RB Jalen Parmele (2008-10); Texans Assistant Head Coach/DL Bill Kollar (2006-08) coached for Buffalo while Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (2007-10) played there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis with Jaguars WR Laurent Robinson (2009-10), DE George Selvie (2010) and RB Keith Toston (2010); Ball (2007-11) and ILB Bradie James (2003-11) played for Dallas with Robinson (2011); Graham (2010) played for N.Y. Giants with CB Aaron Ross (2007-11); Texans RB Coach Chick Harris (1983-91) coached for Seattle while Jaguars OL Coach Andy Heck (1989-93) played there; Texans WR Kevin Walter (2003-05), Graham (2003-09) and CB Johnathan Joseph (2006-10) played for Cincinnati when Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski (2001-10) coached there; Beck (2007-08) and Jones (2005-06) played for Miami while Head Coach Mike Mularkey (2006-07) coached there; Beck (2007-08), Dobbins (2010)¸and Gardner (2009) played for Miami while Jaguars Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego (2008-10) coached there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis while Olson (2006-07) and RB Coach Sylvester Croom (2009-11) coached there; Smith (2003-05) played for Miami while Sullivan (2004) coached there; Dorrell (2008-11) coached for Miami with Bonamego (2008-10); Texans DB Coach Vance Joseph (2005-10) coached for San Francisco with Sullivan (2005-10).


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Players not dressing, lineup changes for Texans-Saints

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 25, 2012 – 4:56 pm

NEW ORLEANS — Here’s a list of players who are not dressing and the starting lineup changes for tonight’s preseason game between the Texans and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

Texans non-dressers
11 WR DeVier Posey
49 ILB Greg Williams
56 ILB Brian Cushing
87 WR Jerrell Jackson
91 NT Sunny Harris
95 NT Shaun Cody
99 DE J.J. Watt

Texans starting lineup changes
Derek Newton will start at right tackle for Rashad Butler. Earl Mitchell will start at nose tackle for Shaun Cody. Tim Jamison will start at defensive end for J.J. Watt. Mister Alexander will start at inside linebacker for Brian Cushing.

Saints non-dressers
14 WR Andy Tanner
25 CB Kamaal McIlwain
33 CB Jabari Greer
43 RB Darren Sproles
50 LB Curtis Lofton
57 LB David Hawthorne
59 LB Ramon Humber
87 WR Adrian Arrington
96 DT Tom Johnson

Saints starting lineup changes
Jonathan Casillas will start at middle linebacker for Curtis Lofton. Will Herring will start at weakside linebacker for David Hawthorne. Johnny Patrick will start at cornerback for Jabari Greer.


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Texans get good news on rookie NT Hebron Fangupo

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 22, 2012 – 3:37 pm

The Texans had an injury scare on the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) Monday when rookie nose tackle Hebron Fangupo got rolled up in a pile and appeared to injure his knee.

It turns out the injury was not serious, and Fangupo, an undrafted free agent from BYU, should be back on the field soon.

“Loni’s fine,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday. “He’ll miss the rest of this week, and we’re hoping maybe he’s back next week. So we got a little lucky. Had a pile out there, but we’re much better today as far as staying off the ground. He’s going to be OK.”

Fangupo, 26, is one of four nose tackles on the Texans’ roster. Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell both played in all 16 games last season. They’re now joined by Fangupo and undrafted rookie David Hunter from Houston.

Fangupo (6-1, 323) played at USC in 2009 and 2010 before transferring to BYU. He served a two-year Mormon mission in the Philippines after graduating from high school in 2004. Texans executive vice president/general manager Rick Smith said the Texans had “really good grades” on him leading up to the 2012 draft, indicating that they even considered drafting him.


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Earl Mitchell bulks up from 287 to 308 pounds

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 11, 2012 – 10:56 am

Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell looks like a different person walking around Reliant Stadium these days – or, at least, a much bigger person.

That’s because Mitchell is now a lean, barrel-chested 308 pounds, up from the 287 at which he played last season. Entering his third year in the NFL, he took it upon himself to strengthen his upper body with a rigorous offseason of training.

“It was kind of a conscious effort,” Mitchell (6-3) said on Thursday. “I just focused on knowing what I needed to do and just kind of the battles that I was going through, knowing that I needed to weigh a little bit more just to withstand those double teams in playing nose tackle. I thought that this was going to be a big year for me, so I approached it very seriously and pretty much just wanted to hit it with a full head of steam to build off of how I was playing in the latter part of the season.”

Mitchell, a third-round pick out of Arizona in 2010, rotated with starting nose tackle Shaun Cody in 2011. He played in all 16 games with 27 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries, and recorded the first sack in Texans playoff history.

So how did Mitchell put on all that weight? He says it started with buying dumbbells to use while sitting around the house – “whenever I had some free time, whenever I was bored.” He also worked out at the University of Houston with Brian Odom, his strength coach at the University of Arizona who was hired by the Cougars this spring.

Of course, Mitchell also ate more, too.

“I taught myself how to cook a little bit, so that was a big addition to my offseason,” he said. “That way I could just eat whenever I wanted. I would go to Smoothie King every morning, get like a huge shake from there. I would go work out, and right after that, I would eat. I kind of just developed a routine. That was pretty much the big difference as opposed to my two previous seasons, just making a routine and sticking to it.”

Even though he’s 21 pounds bigger than last season, and heavier than ever before, Mitchell hasn’t felt slower during the first few weeks of the Texans’ offseason conditioning program.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’m maintaining the weight and running good, and I’m actually feeling good heading into the OTAs. Hopefully, it’ll translate on the field.

“I feel pretty much the same. So far, I noticed a big change in the weight room. I’ve gotten a lot stronger, and I feel a whole lot better and just a whole lot more confident just being around my teammates, just feeling stronger and feeling a little bit more healthy conditioning-wise.”

And what have his teammates said about the new Earl?

“They’ve got a little jokes like here and there, but they’re all happy about what I’ve done in the offseason,” he said. “They can notice the gradual change, and they notice a big difference in how I actually approached this offseason. So it’s just a good feeling to know that they’re confident.”


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Texans draft history: Third-round picks

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 25, 2012 – 12:56 pm

We’re taking a round-by-round look at the players who have been drafted by the Texans since their inaugural season in 2002. In particular focus are the picks made since 2007, Rick Smith’s first draft as Texans general manager.

Bold denotes made Texans’ active roster that season
*Denotes finished 2011 season on an NFL roster
#Denotes Pro Bowlers

Texans third-round draft picks

2010: Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona (81 overall)*
2009: Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama (77)*

2008: Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia (89)*
2008: Antwaun Molden, CB, Eastern Kentucky (79)*

2007: Jacoby Jones, WR, Lane College (73)*
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2006: Eric Winston, T, Miami (66)*
2006: Charles Spencer, T, Pittsburgh (65)
2005: Vernand Morency, RB, Oklahoma State (73)
2003: Dave Ragone, QB, Louisville (88)
2003:
Seth Wand, T, NW Missouri State (75)
2003: Antwan Peek, LB, Cincinnati (67)
2002: Charles Hill, DT, Maryland (83)
2002: Fred Weary, G, Tennessee (66)

All five of the Texans’ third-round picks under Rick Smith are still in the NFL. None of them have made the Pro Bowl, but Slaton (26), Caldwell (13) and Jones (13) have all started games for Houston.

Caldwell, Mitchell and Jones are still with the Texans. Caldwell could take over as the Texans’ full-time starting right guard in 2012 with Mike Brisiel leaving in free agency. Mitchell rotated at nose tackle with Shaun Cody last season as the Texans ranked second in defense and fourth against the run. Jones has been the Texans’ third receiver for the last couple seasons and has a team-record four kick returns (three punt, one kickoff) for touchdowns.

Slaton set a team record with 1,282 rushing yards as a rookie in 2008. He was released in 2011, two years after a neck injury landed him on injured reserve, and signed by the Miami Dolphins. Molden was one of the Texans’ top special teams players as a rookie but injured his ankle late in the season and played sparingly over the next two years. He spent 2011 with the New England Patriots and is now with the New York Giants.


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Kubiak: “We think the world of” Cody, Mitchell

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 27, 2012 – 6:06 pm

*This article is part of our 2012 Path to the Draft coverage presented by Warehouse Pool Supply

As of last week, several mock drafts projected the Texans to take a nose tackle in the first round of the 2012 draft.

Given how the Texans’ coaching staff feels about the play of Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell at the position last season, it doesn’t sound like much of a priority.

“If you look at ‘em, take both of ‘em and say they’re your starter – they basically split time – they played extremely well,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday in Indianapolis. “And our defense played well all year long. There’s all kinda ways when you’re running a 3-4 – a lot of people think you need a big nose. Those two guys aren’t very big but they’re very active, and [defensive coordinator] Wade [Phillips] has played with both and obviously was successful with those two guys last year, and we think the world of ‘em.”

Phillips actually has coached more “undersized” nose tackles like Cody (6-4, 301) and Mitchell (6-3, 289)  than players like 365-pound Ted Washington, who he had in Buffalo in the late 1990s.

The Texans ranked fourth in rushing defense in 2011 (96.0 yards/game) with Cody starting all 16 games. He had 23 tackles, one sack, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery along with seven tackles in two playoff games. Mitchell played in every game and had 27 tackles, one sack, one pass defensed and two fumble recoveries. He had five tackles in the playoffs, including a sack in the Wild Card victory over Cincinnati.

Nose tackle could certainly be a possibility for the Texans at some point in the draft, but it’s not exactly a glaring need.


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