Notes from Dallas: Posey plays; Backup QBs

Notes from Dallas: Posey plays; Backup QBs
August 29, 2013, 11:45 pm
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How did backup quarterback battle go?

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's time for football in Houston to count.

The Texans are done their preseason slate of games after beating the Dallas Cowboys 24-6. The Texans finished their preseason 3-1. The final game of the preseason was highlighted by the return of wide receiver DeVier Posey and the backup quarterback battle between T.J. Yates and Case Keenum.

Moving forward:

  • Yates or Keenum never surrendered a turnover during the preseason. Keenum set a Texans' franchise record for passing yards in a preseason with 442 yards. If you like numbers, Yates finished Thursday with a 134.3 quarterback rating and Keenum finished with a 126.4 rating.

Kubiak said after the game that he wants the two signal callers to compete throughout the rest of the season because he's seen how much better it has made both of them.

  • Sixth-round pick Ryan Griffin finished the preseason with 15 catches, also a franchise record for the preseason. On Thursday night, Griffin finished with five catches for 87 yards. Griffin has been turning heads since he arrived in Houston. He's big -- 6-6, 256 pounds -- and can run. Gary Kubiak said during this preseason that he thought he was getting a physical tight end and wasn't aware of the running ability of Griffin.
  • The Texans ran the ball at will with rookies Dennis Johnson and Cierre Wood. It would appear that Deji Karim could have the third running back spot locked up though. Karim didn't get a single snap Thursday night.

Kubiak was asked after the game why Karim didn't get play. He responded, "I think we've seen enough tape on Deji to know what he can do." I doubt the Texans carry four running backs. Wood rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries and Johnson 79 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. The problem came with Johnson's inability to hold onto the football. Johnson put the ball on the turf three times with one resulting in a turnover.

  • It looks like third-round pick Brennan Williams could be headed toward the IR. Williams has missed the majority of the time he's spent in Houston after suffering a knee injury during rookie camp. He played well at times against the Cowboys Thursday but was still suffering knee soreness.

Kubiak said they have been draining Williams' knee throughout camp and will continue to monitor it as it progresses. Williams is too talented to cut and has missed too much time to understand what the Texans do in terms of blocking schemes. At one point he was thought to compete for the right tackle position, but now it appears a year off might be where he's headed.

  • First-round pick DeAndre Hopkins will be fine for the start of the regular season. Hopkins suffered a concussion in the Texans' third preseason game against the Saints. According to Kubiak, Hopkins hadn't had passed Stage 5 of the concussion protocol, so he was unable to play in Dallas. But Kubiak went on to say that if there wasn't a game and the team was in Houston, Hopkins would have been given the test there and he would have likely passed. Kubiak added that there is no question that Hopkins will be available for the regular season opener in San Diego.
  • Posey returned to the field to play in his first game since rupturing his Achilles against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs last season. Posey returned to the practice field almost seven months to the day of his surgery. A remarkable recovery. Posey caught a seven-yard pass on the Texans' first offensive play from scrimmage, but was called for offensive pass interference.

Posey ended up with two catches for 18 yards Thursday. Kubiak said that they will treat Monday night against the Chargers as Posey's second preseason game, with the idea to get him 20-25 snaps.