Stock is rising for Texans TE Daniels
After an impressive second season with the Texans, the tight end is on the road to increasingly big numbers
By JOHN McCLAIN Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Aug. 12, 2008, 9:21PM
In his second season as the Texans’ starting tight end, Owen Daniels almost doubled his number of catches.
Daniels went from 34 receptions as a rookie in 2006 to 63 last season. His yards increased from 350 to 768. But one statistic — touchdowns — went down. He had five as a rookie and only three last season.
“Hopefully, I can help more in the red zone receiving and blocking,” Daniels said after practice Tuesday. “We need to run the ball better in the red zone. If we can, it’ll open up the passing game more and, hopefully, open things for me working the middle of the field.”
Quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels like to throw to Daniels. They know how hard he works to get open. They also know he’ll be in the right spot. Both quarterbacks have confidence in him.
Ready to rebound
Daniels’ role could increase for the third consecutive season, but there’s one statistic he’s determined to decrease. He tied for the team lead last season with three lost fumbles.
“Obviously, protecting the ball is a big issue with me, as it is with the whole team,” he said. “When you practice protecting the ball, it’s not the same. You expect it, because you know what’s going on.
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