The Houston Texans have a few areas that need some improving, including their secondary (mainly safeties) and a few offensive positions such as a possible upgrade at quarterback, and a new wide receiver. And after losing FB/TE James Casey yesterday to the Philadelphia Eagles, they now need a new fullback. On the other hand, one position Houston may have more talent and depth at than most teams in the NFL is Tight End.
Following the re-signing of second year player Philip Supernaw on March 11th, the Texans now have five tight ends on their roster including reserve/future signing Jake Byrne. Houston’s number one tight end is Owen Daniels, who finished last season with 62 receptions, 716 yards and six touchdowns, earning him a spot on the Pro Bowl roster. Daniels has been with Houston for six years and has been an solid starter from the beginning.
Daniels’ backup is Garrett Graham, who emerged as a starter in the making last season when he had to fill in for Daniels briefly because of an injury. Graham didnt get a lot of playing time, but when he did he made the most of it, rallying up 28 receptions, 263 yards and three touchdowns–not bad numbers considering who he’s playing behind. One thing most people don’t know is that Daniels, Graham and Byrne all played their college football at the University of Wisconsin, while Supernaw played at Ouachita Baptist and Logan Brock played at TCU.
The other 3 tight ends–Supernaw, Byrne and Brock–have yet to make an impact on this offense, but head coach Gary Kubiak definitely has high hopes for his group of tight ends. Considering the play we have seen from this group so far there’s no reason to doubt them.