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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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Wade Phillips affirms Kareem Jackson as Texans’ No. 2 CB

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 21, 2012 – 4:36 pm

As a guest on the new “Texans All Access” show on SportsRadio 610 on Tuesday afternoon, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was asked about the Texans’ No. 2 cornerback situation heading into next season.

The question from “All Access” co-host/former Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu went like this: With Brice McCain, Sherrick McManis and 2011 second-round pick Brandon Harris all on the roster, does Phillips plan for an open competition opposite Pro Bowl corner Johnathan Joseph, or does he feel like Kareem Jackson is the starter?

“I think Kareem’s the starter,” Phillips said. “He started most of the games [last season]. Jason Allen played a lot for us. Of course, Jason went to Cincinnati. So, Kareem had a good year. Part of it was we had a good year defensively, but he had something to do with that. He played physical like we thought he would and he obviously played better than he did previously, and that was a big plus for us.”

Jackson started 13 games in 2011 in his second season out of Alabama. Allen, who signed with the Bengals this weekend as an unrestricted free agent, rotated with Jackson and started four games.

A first-round draft pick in 2010, Jackson gets more criticism from fans than any Texans player this side of Jacoby Jones. Much of it stems from his rookie season, when he was victimized on numerous big plays as a 16-game starter for the Texans’ 32nd-ranked passing defense.

“I mean, you could be on him, but we were, what – second in the league in pass defense or third?” Phillips said [the Texans ranked third with 189.7 yards allowed per game]. “He’s part of a secondary that all works together, and he did his part. He didn’t let us down. I thought I think certainly everybody can improve, including Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning and those guys and myself. We can all improve some, but I thought he improved a lot last year. He made a big step forward and he became a starter and played good enough to play with a team that did well pass defense-wise, and that was really the big difference in our team last year, defensively, certainly, after giving up so many yards the year before.”


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Texans-Ravens Divisional game blog

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 15, 2012 – 2:21 pm

I’ll be posting updates after every score in the Texans’ Divisional Round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the most recent updates.

The Ravens won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Texans received the opening kickoff.

First quarter

12:24: Texans 3 — Ravens 0

Texans kicker Neil Rackers makes a 40-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 5 plays, 20 yards, 2:36

Key plays: Texans free safety Danieal Manning returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to the Baltimore 41-yard line. Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates completed an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson on the Texans’ first play from scrimmage. The Ravens stuffed running back Arian Foster for no gain on third-and-one from the 21.

9:51: Ravens 7 — Texans 3

Ravens tight end Kris Wilson catches a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco on third-and-goal.

Drive summary: 3 plays, 2 yards, 1:21

Key plays: Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones tried to field a 64-yard punt by Sam Koch on a bounce at his own 13-yard line. Jones muffed it and was held up by a Ravens player, and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith recovered at the 6-yard line. He returned it to the 2.

6:02: Ravens 10 – Texans 3

Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff makes a 48-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 6 plays, 30 yards, 2:47

Key plays: Flacco hit wide receiver Anquan Boldin for a 21-yard gain over cornerback Kareem Jackson o n second-and-four from the Baltimore 46. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph broke up a pass intended for wide receiver Torrey Smith in the end zone on second-and-four from the Houston 27. Rookie linebacker Brooks Reed sacked Flacco on the next play and forced a fumble, but the Ravens recovered at their own 30-yard line.

1:08: Ravens 17 – Texans 3

Flacco hits Boldin for a 10-yard touchdown pass on second-and-seven.

Drive summary: 5 plays, 34 yards, 2:05

Key plays: Yates was picked off by cornerback Lardarius Webb  at the Houston 34-yard line. Three plays later on third-and-nine from the 33, the Ravens beat a heavy Texans blitz with a 20-yard screen pass to running back Ray Rice. Boldin scored two plays later.

Second quarter

11:42: Texans 6 — Ravens 17

Rackers makes a 33-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 11 plays, 59 yards, 4:26

Key plays: On third-and-three from the Houston 33, Yates hit Foster on a short pass over the middle that turned into a 16-yard gain. Foster ran for 19 yards to the Baltimore 32 on the next play. On third-and-eight from the 30, Yates threaded a pass to tight end Owen Daniels for 17 yards and a first down.

4:48: Texans – 13 – Ravens 17

Foster runs for a one-yard touchdown on third-and-goal.

Drive summary: 12 plays, 86 yards, 5:49

Key plays: Foster started the drive with a 28-yard carry down the left sideline. Baltimore challenged that he went out of bounds after about 10 yards, but the ruling on the field was upheld after review. Johnson moved the chains with catches of 12 and 13 yards. Foster followed the second one with a 14-yard run. Three plays later, Foster made a sensational catch on third-and-nine from the Baltimore 17, then weaved his way 12 yards for a first down.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

2:52: Ravens 20 — Texans 13

Cundiff makes a 44-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 10 plays, 45, 4:29

Key plays: The drive started after Yates was picked off by Webb at the Baltimore 29-yard line. Flacco completed a 13-yard pass to tight end Dennis Pitta two plays later. On second-and-nine from the Houston 45, Flacco hit Boldin for a 14-yard gain. That was followed by a five-yard run by Rice and two consecutive incompletions to end the drive.


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Arrive-early giveaways on Saturday

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 6, 2012 – 11:36 am

With a strong homefield advantage crucial to winning football, especially in the playoffs, the Texans encourage all fans attending the playoff game against Cincinnati this Saturday at Reliant Stadium to arrive well before the 3:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

There are plenty of giveaways for those who do. As with every Texans home game, within the first 30 minutes of the gates opening at 2 p.m. CT, fans have a chance to receive a $100 gift certificate to 5115 Restaurant & Lounge. A total of $10,000 in gift certificates will be given out.

Beyond that, Verizon has generously offered an additional incentive for fans to arrive before kickoff. The Texans will select 10 lucky fans who get in their seats within the first 30 minutes of the gates opening to receive one of these autographed items, courtesy of Verizon:

-1 LB Brian Cushing football
-1 LB Cushing authentic jersey
-1 TE Owen Daniels football
-1 WR Andre Johnson authentic jersey
-1 WR Andre Johnson authentic helmet
-1WR Jacoby Jones football
-1 LB DeMeco Ryans football
-1 LB DeMeco Ryans authentic jersey
-1 QB Matt Schaub football
-1 OLB Mario Williams authentic jersey


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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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Titans 23, Texans 22: Postgame Notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 1, 2012 – 8:07 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 23-22 loss to the Titans at Reliant Stadium in Week 17:

THE TEXANS…

  • Finished the season with a franchise-best record of 10-6. With the loss today, Houston finished the season 5-3 at home, 4-2 against AFC South opponents and 1-1 against Tennessee. Houston’s 4-2 intra-division record matches the best in team history.
  • Outrushed the Titans, gaining 152 yards on the ground to Tennessee’s 60. It was the 11th time this season that the Texans outrushed their opponents, and the Texans fell to 8-3 in those games.
  • Won the time of possession battle for the 12th time this season, holding the ball for 34:38. Houston fell to 9-3 in those games
  • Scored on their opening possession of the game for the ninth time this season and the second game in a row.
  • Led after the first quarter for the 12th time this season.
  • Trailed at halftime for the fourth time this season.
  • Scored on their opening possession of the second half for the 10thtime this season and the fourth consecutive game.
  • Were tied after three quarters for the second time this season.
  • Sold out their 100th consecutive home game, including regular season and preseason contests, with a crowd of 71,512. Houston has sold out every home game in franchise history.
  • Team captains were WR Andre Johnson and C Chris Myers on offense, ILBs Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
  • The Titans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

TEAM RECORDS SET IN 2011…

  • Wins (10) – Previous record was 9 in 2009
  • Consecutive wins (7) – Previous record was 6 from 12/13/09-9/19/10
  • Fewest touchdowns allowed (27) – Previous record was 39 in 2004 and 2009
  • Fewest points allowed (278) – Previous record was 333 in 2009
  • Fewest yards allowed (4,571) – Previous record was 5,198 in 2009
  • Rushing yards gained (2,448) – Previous record was 2,042 in 2010
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed (1,536) – Previous record was 1,711 in 2009
  • Fewest net passing yards allowed (3,035) – Previous record was 3,141 in 2002
  • Fewest first downs allowed (270) – Previous record was 291 in 2002
  • Fewest interceptions thrown (9) – Previous record was 12 in 2010
  • Sacks (44.0) – Previous record was 37 in 2005
  • Home attendance (Season avg. 71, 496) – Previous high was 71,081 in 2010

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

  • Saw his record drop to 47-49 with the loss.
  • Lost the final game of the regular season for the first time in his six seasons as head coach.

CB JASON ALLEN

  • Made his first start since Week 5 vs. Oakland (10/9), starting in place of an inactive Johnathan Joseph. Allen finished the game with two solo tackles.

G THOMAS AUSTIN

  • Saw action for the second time this season and got his most extensive playing time when he subbed for starting C Chris Myers in the second half.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN

  • Teamed with OLB Jesse Nading to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. It was the first sack of his career.

FB JAMES CASEY

  • Caught his career-high sixth pass of the season when he hauled in a 15-yard throw in the third quarter. His previous high was five receptions in Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25). He finished the game with seven catches for 91 yards with a long of 21.

QB JAKE DELHOMME

  • Made his Texans debut when he stepped in for starter T.J. Yates in the first quarter. Delhomme completed 18-of-28 pass attempts for 211 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 99.0.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

  • Led the team with a career-high six tackles, all of which were solo stops.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

  • Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

T ANDREW GARDNER

  • Made his NFL debut when he came on for a field goal attempt in the third quarter.

TE GARRETT GRAHAM

  • Caught his first career pass, a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games played with a sack to 82 when he caught a 5-yard pass in the first quarter.

WR BRYANT JOHNSON

  • Caught a season-long 40-yard pass in the fourth quarter. The catch was his longest since 11/16/08 when he caught 42-yard pass for San Francisco against St. Louis.
  • Caught his first touchdown of the season and the 16th of his career when QB Jake Delhomme hit him in the back of the end zone from 5 yards out late in the fourth quarter. It was Johnson’s first touchdown catch since 1/3/10 when he caught a 12-yard touchdown for Detroit against Chicago.

WR JACOBY JONES

  • Caught three passes for 35 yards, which put him over 500 receiving yards for the second consecutive season. He entered the game needing 23 yards to reach the milestone.

FS SHILOH KEO

  • Saw his first career action as a punt returner. He fair caught the first punt that came his way and finished the game with one return for 11 yards.

NT EARL MITCHELL

  • Finished the game with a career-high six tackles, including five solo stops, and one pass defensed. His previous high was five tackles vs. Carolina (12/18).

OLB JESSE NADING

  • Registered his first partial sack of the season when he teamed with OLB Bryan Braman to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave Nading 4.0 for his career.
  • Recovered the first fumble of his career in the fourth quarter.

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Made all three field goal attempts, hitting from 72, 37 and 22 yards, to give him a franchise-record 32 field goals on the season. The previous mark was 29 field goals by Kris Brown in 2008.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

  • Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave him 5.5 on the season, which matches his career high set in 2007 with Arizona. It also moved him past Jason Babin into third on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 14.0.
  • Notched his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack gave him a career-high 6.5 on the season. His 2.0 sacks also tied a career single-game high, matching his performance at Oakland on 10/3/10.

RB BEN TATE

  • Made his second career start and his first since Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25), finishing with 97 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
  • Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run to cap the Texans’ opening drive. His last touchdown was in Week 11 at Tampa Bay (11/13).
  • Ran for a 56-yard gain on the first play of the second half. It was the longest run of the season for the Texans and the longest of his career. The previous long was a 44-yard run by Tate at Cincinnati (12/11).
  • Had a career-high 24 receiving yards and tied a career high with four receptions. His previous bests were four catches and 13 receiving yards, both at Miami in Week 2 (9/18).

RB DERRICK WARD

  • Finished the game with season highs in rushing attempts and rushing yards, carrying 12 times for 50 yards. His previous highs were 11 attempts and 39 yards, both against Indianapolis in Week 1 (9/11).

QB T.J. YATES

  • Started for the fifth time and completed all four of his pass attempts for 47 yards before leaving the game early in the first quarter.

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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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Foster says teammates, O-line “got the shaft”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 28, 2011 – 12:59 am

The Texans are 10-5 and clinched the AFC South title two weeks ago, but they landed only two players in the 2012 Pro Bowl.

Running back Arian Foster and cornerback Johnathan Joseph made the squad as reserves. Nine other Texans players – outside linebacker Connor Barwin, left tackle Duane Brown, inside linebacker Brian Cushing, tight end Owen Daniels, wide receiver Andre Johnson, kick returner Jacoby Jones, center Chris Myers, defensive end Antonio Smith and defensive end J.J. Watt – wound up as alternates.

Cushing didn’t make it despite leading the Texans’ No. 2-ranked defense with 110 tackles. His next-closest teammate has 72 tackles. Cushing also has four sacks and two interceptions. Barwin is tied for third in the AFC with 11.5 sacks, while Watt (5.5 sacks) and Smith (4.5 sacks) have been impact players from the 3-4 DE spot.

Joseph is the only one player who made it from a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league for much of the season.

“To me, that’s kind of strange to see the year that everyone else has been having,” Joseph said Tuesday. “It shocked me a lot, to be honest, just because I thought other guys were going to get voted in. It wasn’t our main goal or focus; we weren’t watching and praying about who was in and who was out, but just the way everyone has played this year with Connor having the year he’s having, Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith and the rest of those guys, it’s kind of a disappointment.”

None of the Texans’ offensive linemen made the Pro Bowl, even though Houston ranks second in rushing this season and has allowed only 30 sacks. The Texans had the league’s leading rusher in 2010 and the league’s leading passer in 2009, yet none of their O-linemen has ever been to a Pro Bowl.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” Foster said. “It’s still one of my goals to get one of them in there. Hopefully, I have a long career here in Houston and we’re going to get that done.

“My teammates and my line, I think they got the shaft this year, but that’s just a part of it. It’s a business, but I think one of these days, they’re going to realize that we have a great offensive line in this city and they’re going to get rewarded.”


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Colts 19, Texans 16: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 22, 2011 – 11:59 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 19-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 16:

THE TEXANS…

  • Fell to 10-5 overall, 4-1 against AFC South opponents, 5-3 on the road and 1-1 against Indianapolis this season.
  • Scored following Indianapolis’ fumble on the game’s opening play. The touchdown gave the team 113 points off of 26 takeaways this season. Houston has scored following 19 of its takeaways this season.
  • Scored on their opening drive for the eighth time this season.
  • Led after the first quarter, at halftime and after three quarters for the 11th time this season. Houston fell to 8-3 in those games.
  • Scored on their opening possession of the second half for the ninth time this season and the second consecutive game when K Neil Rackers hit a 35-yard field goal.
  • Outrushed the Colts 171 to 95. It was the 10th time this season that the Texans outrushed their opponents, and the team fell to 8-2 in those games.
  • Team captains were C Chris Myers on offense; ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense; and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
  • The Texans won the toss and deferred their option until the second half. Indianapolis elected to receive the opening kickoff.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

  • Sacked Indianapolis QB Dan Orlovsky for a loss of 7 yards in the first quarter, raising his season total to 11.5. It gave Barwin sacks in each of the last three games. The sack moved him into second place on the franchise’s career sack list. He entered the game tied with Kailee Wong with 15.0 sacks apiece.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING

  • Registered his fourth sack of the season when he tackled Indianapolis QB Dan Orlovsky for a 3-yard sack on the first play of the game. He forced a fumble on the play, his first of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • Tied his career high and the franchise single-game record with his second forced fumble of the game when he knocked the ball loose in the fourth quarter. Cushing also did so at Cincinnati on 10/18/09.
  • Finished with a team-leading and game-high 12 tackles, including seven solos. It was the 11th time this season that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS

  • Extended his personal streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 68 when he caught a 1-yard pass in the first quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

  • Surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for his career on a 28-yard run at the end of the first quarter. He entered the game needing 61 yards to reach the mark and reached it on his seventh carry.
  • Surpassed the 100-yard mark on his 12th carry of the night, a gain of 30 yards in the third quarter. It was his seventh 100-yard game of the season and the 16th of his career.
  • Set a season high in rushing yards with 158. His previous high was 155 in Week 4 vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).
  • Set a career high for rushing yards in a road game, topping his previous high of 133 at Oakland on 10/3/10.
  • Ran for a 9-yard touchdown on Houston’s second offensive play of the game. It was his 10th rushing touchdown of the season and the 29th of his career.

WR JACOBY JONES

  • Caught a 17-yard pass in the third quarter which put him over 5,000 career total yards. He entered the game with 4,994 career yards (21 rushing, 1,679 receiving, 1,804 punt returns and 1,490 kick returns).
  • Had a 15-yard run in the third quarter. It was the second-longest carry of his career, trailing a 17-yard run at Buffalo on 11/1/09.

CB BRICE MCCAIN

  • Tied a career high with seven tackles, including six solo stops.

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Set the franchise single-season scoring record on his third field goal of the game. The kick gave him 125 points on the year, besting the previous mark of 124 set by Rackers last season and Kris Brown in 2008.
  • Set the franchise single-season record for field goal attempts on his third attempt of the game. The kick was his 35th of the season, topping the previous record of 34 by Kris Brown in 2005.

OLB BROOKS REED

  • Recovered a fumble on the first play of the game. It was his second fumble recovery of the season.

DE J.J. WATT

  • Registered an 8-yard sack in the second quarter, giving him 5.5 on the year. That made Watt and OLB Brooks Reed the ninth pair of rookies to each register at least five sacks since 1982, when sacks became an official stat, and the first duo since Derrick Rodgers and Jason Taylor for Miami in 1997.

QB T.J. YATES

  • Completed 13-of-16 passes for 132 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a career-high passer rating of 101.0.

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Panthers 28, Texans 13: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 18, 2011 – 5:34 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the team’s 28-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium in Week 15:

THE TEXANS…
•         Set the franchise single-season sack record with the 38th of the year when NT Earl Mitchell tackled Carolina QB Cam Newton for no gain in the first quarter, breaking the previous mark of 37 set in 2005. The Texans entered the game with 36 sacks on the year.

•         Trailed at the end of the first quarter, at halftime and through three quarters for the second consecutive week and the third time this season in each instance. Houston fell to 1-2 in all three instances.

•         Were shut out in the first half for the first time this season.

•         Scored on their opening drive of the second half for the eighth time this season and for the second consecutive week when K Neil Rackers booted a 26-yard field goal.

•         Team captains were C Chris Myers on offense; ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense; and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.

•         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

•         Total paid attendance was 71,540, which was the third-largest crowd this season and third-largest in team history. The Houston Texans have sold out all 99 home games, including preseason and regular-season contests, in franchise history.

G THOMAS AUSTIN
•         Made his professional debut, taking the field with the kickoff return unit on the opening kickoff.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN
•         Sacked Carolina QB Cam Newton for a 10-yard loss on the Panthers’ opening drive, giving him 10.5 for the year. Barwin became the second Texan to notch double-digit sacks in a season, joining Mario Williams, who did so in 2007 and 2008.

G ANTOINE CALDWELL
•         Made his first start of the season at RG. He started seven games in 2010, including the last three games of the season.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING
•         Led the team with 12 tackles, including nine solos and one tackle for loss. It was the 10th game this season in which Cushing led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS
•         Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 67 on a 17-yard reception in the third quarter.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS
•         Returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 50 yards. It was his longest kick return as a Texan and his longest since 11/23/08 when he had a 100-yard return for a touchdown at Baltimore as a Philadelphia Eagle.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
•         Surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season on is seventh carry of the game, a gain of 18. The run gave him 1,010 yards on the year, making him the second player in team history to top 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive season along with Domanick Williams in 2003-04.

•         Became the fifth player in NFL history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in consecutive seasons. He topped 600 receiving yards on the year with his fifth catch of the day, a 22-yard gain in the fourth quarter, which gave him 601 yards on the season.

•         Went over 100 yards for the sixth time this season and the 14th time in his career. He topped the century mark on a 6-yard gain in the fourth quarter, his 13th rush of the game, and finished with 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

•         Scored his ninth rushing touchdown of the season and the 28th of his career when he dove into the end zone from 2 yards out. Foster has scored a rushing touchdown in eight of Houston’s last nine games.

WR BRYANT JOHNSON
•         Doubled his season reception total with a pair of catches on Houston’s second drive. He entered the game with two receptions for 22 yards on the year and caught two passes for 23 yards on that drive.

WR JACOBY JONES
•         Returned a third-quarter punt 42 yards. It was his fifth return of 40 or more yards this season.

WR JEFF MAEHL
•         Made his NFL debut after being signed off of the Texans’ practice squad on Wednesday. Maehl saw his first action on the punt return unit in the first quarter.

NT EARL MITCHELL
•         Registered his first sack of the season when he tackled Carolina QB Cam Newton for no gain in the first quarter. It was his second career sack.

K NEIL RACKERS
•         Scored seven points in the game to increase his season total to 115, tying Kris Brown’s 2007 point total for the third-most in franchise history.

FB LAWRENCE VICKERS
•         Caught his fourth pass of the game, a four-yarder in the third quarter, to set a career single-game high. Vickers’ previous high was three receptions on 11/4/07 vs. Seattle as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

DE J.J. WATT
•         Tied a career high with seven tackles, including five solos, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit. He also made seven tackles in Week 12 at Jacksonville (11/27).

QB T.J. YATES
•         Completed his first eight pass attempts, gaining 60 yards on those throws. His ninth pass of the game was tipped at the line of scrimmage and fell incomplete.

•         Finished the game 19-of-30 for 212 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 56.5.


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