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Joel Dreessen to sign with Denver Broncos

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 23, 2012 – 9:51 am

According to multiple reports, Texans free agent tight end Joel Dreessen has decided to sign with the Denver Broncos.

Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports KRIV said Dreessen told him in a text message Friday morning that he’s going to Denver. Dreessen was said to be deciding between the Broncos and Texans on Thursday night. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans “came on strong” before Dreessen made his decision.

Dreessen is from Fort Morgan, Colo., and played at Colorado State. He’ll have a chance to start for the Broncos and play with Peyton Manning.

A six-year veteran, Dreessen led the Texans with six touchdown catches in 2011. The Texans signed him in 2007 after he was cut by the New York Jets and out of football in 2006. He started off as a core special teams player and became a valuable complement to Owen Daniels as a strong blocker and one of the Texans’ most dependable receivers.

Dreessen’s departure could create an opportunity for Garrett Graham, a fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2010 who has played sparingly in his first two seasons. Fullback James Casey also could play tight end, his primary position from 2009-10, or the Texans could look to add a tight end in the draft or free agency.


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Report: Mike Brisiel, Joel Dreessen set up visits

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 14, 2012 – 3:16 pm

Mark Berman of FOX 26 KRIV-TV reports that guard Mike Brisiel and tight end Joel Dreessen, two of the Texans’ top free agents, have set up visits with other teams.

According to Berman, Brisiel will visit the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, while Dreessen is slated to visit the New Orleans Saints over the weekend.

It’s no surprise that Oakland is interested in Brisiel, who has been the Texans’ starting right guard since late in the 2007 season. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was the Texans’ quarterbacks coach from 2010-11, and Raiders offensive line coach Frank Pollack was the Texans’ assistant O-line coach from 2007-11.

Dreessen had a team and career-high six touchdown catches in 2011 as the Texans’ second tight end.


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“We want Mario”: Bob McNair says Texans focused on keeping core group intact

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 13, 2012 – 1:24 pm

After appearing on “Texans All Access” this afternoon, Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair had a brief interview session with local media at the SportsRadio 610 AM studios.

With about 90 minutes from the time of his interview to the 3 p.m. CT start of free agency, McNair was asked about impending unrestricted free agent Mario Williams.

“We want Mario,” McNair said. “We’d like to have him. Unfortunately, other people would like to have him, too, and it depends on how much they’re willing to pay. We have limitations that constrain us, and we’re going to do everything we possibly can to keep him here. We’ve got Chris Myers. We want to keep him. We’ve got [Mike] Brisiel, we’ve got [Joel] Dreessen, we’ve got a lot of guys that we would like to keep, and so we’re trying to keep that core group together as best we can, and that’s our focus.”

McNair was asked if he has gotten a sense from general manager Rick Smith of whether there’s a priority as to which of their free agents the Texans hope to re-sign.

“We’re not the only party making the decision in this whole process,” McNair said. “The player has to make a decision. And so we don’t know what the players will do, and until we see what the market says in terms of their value and what we can work out with ‘em, what they are agreeable to do, we really don’t know which players we have the best chance of re-signing. We’d like to re-sign all of ‘em, but there’s a lot of it that’s just out of our control. And so we’ll move through that process, and Rick and [vice president of football administration] Chris [Olsen] will do a good job.”


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Full list of Texans free agents

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 13, 2012 – 11:27 am

With the NFL’s free agency period beginning in less than three hours (3 p.m. CT), here’s a full list of the Texans’ free agents, which includes 15 unrestricted players and one restricted:

Unrestricted
CB Jason Allen
S Dominique Barber
G Mike Brisiel
DE Tim Bulman
QB Jake Delhomme
ILB Tim Dobbins
TE Joel Dreessen
QB Jeff Garcia
WR Bryant Johnson
C Chris Myers
K Neil Rackers
G Kasey Studdard
P Matt Turk
RB Derrick Ward
OLB Mario Williams

Restricted
S Quintin Demps
(RB Arian Foster – signed March 6)

Exclusive Rights
(LS Jon Weeks – signed March 5)


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Mario Williams, Chris Myers among Texans’ impending free agents

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 12, 2012 – 3:38 pm

The NFL free agency period begins on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT, less than 24 hours from now. We’ll have every Texans angle covered right here.

The Texans do not expect to be as active in free agency as they were in 2011, when they signed cornerback Johnathan Joseph and free safety Danieal Manning to long-term deals. Their top priority is re-signing their own players, including outside linebacker Mario Williams and center Chris Myers. Both Pro Bowlers will become unrestricted free agents unless the Texans sign them before tomorrow’s deadline.

The Texans have made it clear they want both players back. Williams said on Feb. 16 that it would “mean a lot” if he could stay in Houston and that he isn’t necessarily looking to become the highest-paid defensive player in the league. Myers said a couple weeks later that he wants to remain a Texan but was feeling out the free agency process.

Other notable impending free agents are right guard Mike Brisiel, who has started for the Texans since 2008; tight end Joel Dreessen, who led the Texans with six touchdowns catches in 2011; kicker Neil Rackers, who set a team record with 135 points last season; and cornerback Jason Allen, who has seven interceptions for the Texans while sharing playing time with Kareem Jackson over the last two seasons.


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Could Texans draft a tight end in first round?

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 29, 2012 – 6:10 pm

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

Texans tight end Joel Dreessen is up for free agency after catching a team-high six touchdowns in 2011. The Texans’ offense relies heavily on tight ends. Combo tight ends are all the rage in the NFL given the success of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in New England last season.

Might the Texans consider picking a tight end, such as Stanford’s Coby Fleener, with the 26th pick of the 2012 draft?

“I think you’re always looking for those type of guys,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said last Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “We’ve been able to find tight ends later in the draft. That’s kind of been my m.o. through Denver and in Houston.”

As Broncos offensive coordinator from 1995-2005, Kubiak coached Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe, who was a seventh-round pick in 1990. Sharpe’s successor was Jeb Putzier, a sixth-round pick in 2002. Since Kubiak arrived in Houston, the Texans have drafted tight ends Owen Daniels in the fourth round (2006), James Casey in the fifth round (2008) and Garrett Graham in the fourth round (2010). Dreessen was a sixth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2006 who the Texans signed off the street in 2007.

Kubiak was asked if Graham is capable as a blocker, a question that could become especially pertinent if the Texans are unable to re-sign Dreessen. Graham has battled shoulder and hamstring injuries in his first two seasons and has just one catch for 24 yards.

“Garrett’s been hurt,” Kubiak said. “The biggest thing for Garrett is to get healthy. He’s been one of our guys who’s been in the building every day since the season’s been over. This is a huge offseason for him. He’s got to be driven on his own to put some weight on, get bigger and go out there and compete with O.D. and Joel and James, but I think he has the ability to do it. Sometimes, it takes guys a couple years. He’s been a little unfortunate. He’s been hurt.”

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Texans-Panthers Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 16, 2011 – 3:49 pm

Here’s the Friday (final) injury report for the Texans and Carolina Panthers:

Texans

Out
G Mike Brisiel (Ankle/DNP), WR Andre Johnson (Hamstring/DNP), CB Sherrick McManis (Ankle/DNP)

Questionable
DE Tim Bulman (Calf/Limited), NT Shaun Cody (Knee/Limited), TE Joel Dreessen (Knee/Limited)

Probable
LB Mister Alexander (Shoulder/Full), CB Jason Allen (Thumb/Full), TE Garrett Graham (Hamstring/Full), CB Brandon Harris (Hip/Full), C Chris Myers (Knee/Limited), LB Jesse Nading (Knee/Full), FB Lawrence Vickers (Hamstring/Full), WR Kevin Walter (Knee/Limited), DE J.J. Watt (Hand/Full), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow/L. Hand/Hip/Full)

Panthers

Out
CB Darius Butler (Head/DNP)

Questionable
G Bryant Browning (Wrist/Limited), S Charles Godfrey (Shoulder/Limited), T Jordan Gross (Ankle/Limited), CB Captain Munnerlynn (Ankle/Limited)

Probable
DE Antwan Applewhite (Hamstring/Full), CB Chris Gamble (Non-Injury/Full), C Ryan Kalil (Shoulder/Full), TE Greg Olsen (Back/Full), LB Kion Wilson (Calf/Full)


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Texans 20, Bengals 19: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 11, 2011 – 10:42 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the team’s 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 14:

THE DIVISION TITLE PICTURE…

  • The Texans clinched their first AFC South championship with the win and Tennessee’s loss to New Orleans.

THE TEXANS…

  • Clinched their first AFC South championship with the win and Tennessee’s loss to New Orleans.
  • Held Cincinnati to 19 points, extending their streak to seven consecutive games holding an opponent under 20 points. It was the 10th time overall the Texans have an opponent under 20 points.
  • Won time of possession for the 11th time this season, holding the ball for 31:44. Houston is 9-2 in those games.
  • Outrushed the Bengals, 144-101. It marked the ninth time this season that the Texans have outrushed their opponent. Houston is 8-1 in those games.
  • Scored first for the 11th time this season.
  • Trailed at the end of the first quarter and at halftime for the second time this season in each instance. The only other game in which Houston was behind after the first period or at halftime was in Week 6 at Baltimore (11/16), when the team trailed 7-0 after the first quarter and 10-7 at halftime.
  • Scored a touchdown following a forced fumble in the third quarter, giving the team 103 points off turnovers this season. The Texans have scored following 17 of their 24 takeaways this season.
  • 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 Bengals won the toss and deferred their choice until the second half. The Texans elected to receive the opening kickoff.

THE WIN…

  • Extended Houston’s winning streak to a franchise-record seven games.
  • Improved Houston’s record to 10-3, which set a franchise record for wins in a season (9, in 2009).
  • Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s career record to 47-46 overall and 3-0 against Cincinnati.
  • Improved Houston’s record against Cincinnati to 3-3 in the all-time series.
  • Improved Houston’s record to 5-2 on the road this season, which ties the team record for a season (2009).
  • Extended Houston’s road winning streak to four consecutive games, tying a franchise record.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

  • Improved his record as head coach to 47-46 with the win. It marks the first time in his career that his record moved above .500.
  • Unsuccessfully challenged a call on the field of a fumble in the fourth quarter. The lost challenge drops Kubiak’s record to 2-5 this season and 12-27 in his career.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

  • Forced a fumble for the first time in his career when he sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave him 9.5 for the season and 14.0 for his career.

TE OWEN DANIELS

  • Started the 75th game of his career.
  • Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 66 with a 5-yard catch in the first quarter.
  • Surpassed 600 receiving yards for the third time in his career and the first time since 2008. He reached the milestone on his third catch of the day, a gain of 24 yards in the second quarter. He entered the game with 544 yards on the season.
  • Reached the 100-yard plateau for the fourth time in his career and the first time this season. He finished with a game-high 100 yards on seven receptions. His last 100-yard game was on 10/25/09 vs. San Francisco when he caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
  • His 74 receiving yards in the first half tied for the second-most in the first half in his career. He also had 74 yards on 11/18/07 vs. New Orleans. His career high before halftime is 100 yards on 10/25/09 vs. San Francisco.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

  • Returned his first kickoff of the season when he brought a kick back 20 yards in the third quarter. It was his first kickoff return since 12/20/09 vs. San Francisco as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

TE JOEL DREESSEN

  • Caught a touchdown pass for the third consecutive game and the sixth time overall this season when he hauled in a 6-yard scoring toss from QB T.J. Yates in the third quarter. His three-game touchdown reception streak is tied for the second-longest in team history, trailing WR Andre Johnson’s four-game streak in 2007. The last Texan to catch a touchdown in three consecutive games was WR Kevin Walter from 9/12/10-9/26/10.
  • Caught his 100th career pass on a 6-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. He entered the game with 98 career catches.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

  • Surpassed 4,000 career yards from scrimmage on his second carry of the game, a gain of 5 yards. He entered the game 3,996 career yards from scrimmage (2,789 rushing, 1,207 receiving). Foster became the third Texan to surpass 4,000 total scrimmage yards, joining WR Andre Johnson (9,689) and RB Domanick Williams (4,471).

WR JACOBY JONES

  • Surpassed 400 receiving yards for the third consecutive season. He entered the game with 387 yards on the year and topped the milestone with a 16-yard catch in the third quarter.

FS DANIEAL MANNING

  • Led the team with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops. The 11 tackles matched his season high from Week 6 at Baltimore (10/16).

NT EARL MITCHELL

  • Recovered his second career fumble in the first quarter when he fell on a fumbled kickoff return to retain possession for the Texans. His previous fumble recovery came earlier this year vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Made a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter. The kicks, along with an extra point in the third quarter, gave him 107 points on the year, which is the fifth-highest point total in team history.

OLB BROOKS REED

  • Recovered a fumble for the first time in his career when he dove on a loose ball in the third quarter.

ILB DEMECO RYANS

  • Matched his season high with six tackles, including four solos.

RB BEN TATE

  • Broke free for a 44-yard run in the first quarter, the longest of his career. His previous long was a 27-yard gain vs. Cleveland (11/6).
  • Caught a career-long 14-yard pass in the fourth quarter, bettering his previous long of 13 yards in Week 2 at Miami (9/18).

P MATT TURK

  • Boomed punts of 50 yards or more on each of his first two attempts. His first was a 53-yarder in the first quarter and his second, a 50-yard effort, was downed on the Cincinnati 2-yard line in the third quarter.

WR KEVIN WALTER

  • Caught the game-winning touchdown pass, a 6-yarder from QB T.J. Yates, with :02 remaining on the clock. The touchdown was Walter’s third of the season and the 23rd of his career. He finished the game with six catches for 76 yards and the touchdown.

QB T.J. YATES

  • Led his second career fourth quarter game-winning drive and second in as many weeks, guiding the Texans 80 yards in 13 plays to score the game-winning touchdown with :02 remaining in the game on his 6-yard throw to WR Kevin Walter.
  • Threw for a career-high 300 yards, bettering his 188-yard outing last week vs. Atlanta. Yates became the first Texans rookie quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game.
  • Made the first start of his career on the road.
  • Threw his second career touchdown pass when he hit TE Joel Dreessen from 6 yards out in the third quarter. Yates has connected with Dreessen on both of his touchdown passes this season.
  • Became the first Texans rookie quarterback to win his first start on the road.

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Texans-Bengals game blog

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 11, 2011 – 2:03 pm

CINCINNATI — I’ll be posting updates after every score in the Texans’ Week 14 game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the most recent updates.

The Bengals won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Texans received to start the game.

First quarter

9:51: Texans 3 — Bengals 0

Texans kicker Neil Rackers makes a 46-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 59 yards, 3:08

Key plays: Running back Arian Foster carried twice for 11 yards to start the drive. Backup running back Ben Tate then got loose for a career-long 44-yard run up the right side that moved the ball all the way to the Cincinnati 32-yard line. Quarterback T.J. Yates looked for Jacoby Jones in the end zone on third-and-six from the 28, but his pass was too long and incomplete.

4:58: Bengals 3 – Texans 3

Bengals kicker Mike Nugent makes a 22-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:57

Key plays: On the fourth play of the drive, rookie quarterback Andy Dalton completed a 21-yard pass to wide receiver Jerome Simpson on the left sideline. Cornerback Kareem Jackson had good coverage on the play but didn’t turn around for the ball. Running back Cedric Benson followed that with a 42-yard run to the Texans’ one-yard line. The Bengals were then flagged for a false start on first-and-goal. On third-and-goal from the 4, Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph jumped the route but dropped a sure interception. Had he caught it, it looked like he was on his way to a 100-yard touchdown return against his former team.

2:31: Bengals 6 — Texans 3

Nugent makes a 47-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 4 plays, -4 yards, 0:53

Key plays: The Bengals got great field position after Yates threw a bad interception to safety Reggie Nelson, who returned the ball 23 yards to the Houston 25. Defensive end J.J. Watt dropped running back Bernard Scott for a four-yard loss on the next play, and the next two passes were incompletions. Tim Jamison tipped Dalton’s pass at the line of scrimmage on third down to bring on the field goal unit.

Second quarter

3:02: Bengals 13 — Texans 3

Dalton throws a 27-yard pass to wide receiver Jerome Simpson on third-and-three.

Drive summary: 15 plays, 97 yards, 7:45

Key plays: The drive started after Tate lost a fumble at the Bengals’ three-yard line. Dalton hit tight end Jermaine Gresham for 26 yards to the Cincinnati 45. On third-one from the Houston 46, Benson picked up four yards on a carry to the left side. The Bengals went for it on fourth-and-three from the 35, and they converted with an 11-yard pass from Dalton to A.J. Green. Simpson scored three plays later.

0:06: Bengals 16 — Texans 3

Nugent makes a 49-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 4 plays, 32 yards, 0:24

Key plays: The Bengals started with good field position at their own 37 after Rackers missed a 47-yard field goal attempt wide right. On the first play of the drive, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins gained 22 yards on a shovel pass. Dalton hit Gresham for a 10-yard pass on the next play to get the Bengals in field goal range.

Third quarter

12:27: Texans 10 — Bengals 16

Yates throws a six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joel Dreessen on first-and-goal.

Drive summary: 4 plays, 17 yards, 1:52

Key plays: The short scoring drive was set up by Connor Barwin’s sack and forced fumble that was recovered by rookie linebacker Brooks Reed on the first play of the half. On third-and-five from the 12, Yates hit Dreessen for a six-yard gain to the left side to move the chains and set up the touchdown.

2:07: Bengals 19 — Texans 10

Nugent makes a 28-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 12 plays, 88 yards, 6:48

Key plays: On second-and-six from his own 18, Dalton threw an incomplete pass to Green down the right sideline. Joseph was flagged for pass interference, a 25-yard penalty that moved the ball to the 43. Four plays later, Green made a leaping 36-yard grab in front of Joseph at the Texans’ nine-yard line.

Fourth quarter

5:31: Texans 13 — Bengals 19

Rackers makes a 33-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 13 plays, 83 yards, 8:04

Key plays: The drive started on the Texans’ two-yard line. Arian Foster fumbled a screen pass, which was recovered by the Bengals and returned inside the five-yard line, then fumbled by the Bengals and recovered by Texans right tackle Eric Winston. Texans coach Gary Kubiak challenged the ruling of a fumble, arguing that it was an incomplete pass, but the ruling was not overturned and the Texans were charged with a timeout. Yates completed a 19-yard pass to Walter on the next play. Tate gained 14 yards on a short pass over the middle a couple of plays later. On third-and-three from the Houston 39, Yates completed an 18-yard pass to Jones. The Texans’ last first down of the drive came on an 11-yard run by Tate down to the 16-yard line.


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Texans 17, Falcons 10: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 4, 2011 – 6:27 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, here are postgame notes from the Texans’ 17-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 at Reliant Stadium:

THE WIN…

·         Extended the Texans’ winning streak to six games, setting a franchise record for consecutive wins in a season. Houston previously won six games over two seasons in 2009-10, winning the last four games of the 2009 season and opening 2010 with consecutive victories.

·         Matched the franchise single-season wins record, equaling the total from 2009 when the Texans finished 9-7.

·         Improved Houston’s record at Reliant Stadium to 5-1 on the season.

·         Gave the Texans a 2-1 record against the NFC South on the year.

·         Improved Houston’s record against Atlanta to 2-1 all-time and 2-0 at home.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

·         Evened his career record at 46-46 with the Texans.

·         Improved his record at Reliant Stadium to 29-17.

·         Unsuccessfully challenged a call in the first quarter of a fumble by QB T.J. Yates. The unsuccessful challenge dropped Kubiak’s record to 2-4 this season and 12-26 in his career.

THE TEXANS…

·         Won the time of possession battle for the 10th time this season, holding the ball for 35:04, and improved to 8-2 in those games.

·         Outrushed their opponent for the eighth time this season, outgaining Atlanta 162-70 on the ground, and improved to 7-1 in those games.

·         Posted a positive turnover margin for the eighth time this season, recording two takeaways and giving the ball away once. Houston improved to 6-2 in those games.

·         Held the Falcons to 10 points, marking the ninth game this season and the sixth consecutive game in which Houston has held its opponent under 20 points. Houston is 9-0 in those games.

·         Intercepted a pass for the 11th consecutive game.

·         Registered a season-high 13 passes defensed, topping the previous high of nine vs. Jacksonville (10/30).

·         Scored first for the 10th time this season and improved to 8-2 in those games.

·         Led after the first quarter and at halftime for the 10th time this season. Houston is 8-2 in both instances this season.

·         Were tied after three quarters for the first time this season. Houston has led going into the fourth quarter 10 times and trailed once.

·         19-play touchdown drive tied the franchise record, matching the 19-play touchdown drive earlier this year vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).

·         The 19-play drive used 10:41 of clock time, making it the second-longest drive in team history in terms of time. The longest consumed 10:55, a 19-play, 95-yard touchdown drive earlier this year vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).

·         Total paid attendance for today’s game was 71,545, marking the 98th consecutive home sellout for the Texans. Houston has sold out every home game, including preseason and regular-season games, in franchise history.

·         Team captains were WR Andre Johnson and 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 Falcons won the toss and elected to receive.

CB JASON ALLEN

·         Intercepted his fourth pass of the season and the 15th of his career when he picked off Atlanta QB Matt Ryan in the first quarter. He returned the interception 34 yards, which was the longest return of his career.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING

·         Tied for the team lead with six tackles, including five solo stops. It marked the ninth time in 12 games that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Caught a pass in his 65th consecutive game when he hauled in a 17-yard throw in the first quarter.

·         Surpassed 3,500 career receiving yards on his second catch of the game, an 8-yard gain in the first quarter. Daniels entered the game with 3,481 career yards.

TE JOEL DREESSEN

·         Caught his career-high fifth touchdown pass of the season when he hauled in a 3-yard throw from QB T.J. Yates in the second quarter. The touchdown was the 12th of his career.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Surpassed 100 rushing yards for the fifth time this season and the 14th time in his career. He reached the mark on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter. Foster finished the game with 111 rushing yards on 31 carries and one touchdown.

·         Scored a rushing touchdown in his sixth consecutive game, matching the longest streak in franchise history. Domanick Williams rushed for touchdowns in the last six games of the 2004 season.

·         Scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and the 27th of his career when he plunged in from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter.

P BRETT HARTMANN

·         Boomed a 66-yard punt in the third quarter. It was the second-longest punt in team history, trailing his 69-yard effort in Week 2 at Miami (9/18). He now has three punts of 60 yards or more this season.

CB KAREEM JACKSON

·         Registered his first interception of the season and the third of his career when he picked off Atlanta QB Matt Ryan in the first quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 81 with a 5-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Passed Joey Galloway (701) for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receptions list with his second catch of the game, a gain of 20 yards in the first quarter.

·         Caught a season-long 50-yard pass in the second quarter from QB T.J. Yates in the second quarter. The catch set up a Texans touchdown three plays later.

QB T.J. YATES

·         Made his first career start. He became the first rookie to start on offense for the Texans this season and the third member of the Texans’ 2011 draft class to start a game, joining DE J.J. Watt and OLB Brooks Reed.

·         Became the third rookie to start at quarterback, joining David Carr (2002) and Dave Ragone (2003).

·         Completed 12-of-25 passes for 188 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 86.8.

·         Led the first fourth-quarter game-winning drive of his career, taking the Texans on a 19-play, 85-yard drive that culminated with RB Arian Foster’s 1-yard touchdown run with 6:05 remaining in the game. The touchdown broke a 10-10 tie and proved to be the winning score.

·         Surpassed Dave Ragone (135) for the second-most yards by a Texans rookie quarterback in team history with a 28-yard throw to RB Arian Foster in the second quarter. The completion gave him 82 yards in the game and 152 on the season.

·         Threw his first career touchdown pass when he hit TE Joel Dreessen from 3 yards out in the second quarter.

·         Surpassed the team record for most passing yards by a rookie in his first career start before halftime. A 9-yard pass to RB Arian Foster in the second quarter gave him 154 yards in the game, moving him past David Carr’s total of 145 yards in his first start vs. Dallas on 9/8/02, the first game in team history.


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