Week 13 Review

December 8th, 2015

Out played & out coached…about sums it up for the Texans’ loss to the Buffalo Bills 30-21.  The defense had a rough outing have having a stellar four week run of shutting down offenses.  The Bills ran the stretch play to perfection in the first half, and it did not help matters much when the defense could not contain the edge.  Kevin Johnson received a dose of NFL reality after getting beat by both Sammy Watkins & Robert Woods.  The dropped passes returned on the offensive side of the ball.  The drops were a function of bad ball placement by Hoyer & just pour catching effort by the wide receiver group.  This was a tough game to watch and every phase of the game was bad.  I am not sure that the special teams group, especially the punting group, went a play without a penalty.  But despite all of that the worst to me was the clock management at the end of the first half.  There was no reason for O’Brien not use his timeouts when Buffalo had the ball with 1:52 left.  Instead Buffalo was able to work the clock down and leave the Texans with less than 40 seconds to work 80 yards.  If the Texans had used some timeouts they could have had 1:20 or so with the ball.  This is the not the first time that the clock management bug has shown up with the Texans.  Bill O’Brien had no problem denying it during his Monday press conference either.  The Texans are now 6-6 heading into the last 4 games of the regular season.  Based on all the tiebreakers it does not matter if the Texans win or lose against the Patriots on Sunday night.  The Texans do control their destiny through the final 3 games to win the division.  A wild card berth into the playoffs is out of the question now.  The road to the playoffs will come with a division win.  Texans must win their final 3 games to clinch the division (after 4 tiebreakers) with a 9-7 or 10-6 record.  But hey…we are onto New England…hopefully sans letterman jackets this time.

The Texans completed two (2) transactions again this week.

1.  Steven Means (LB) signed off the Practice Squad

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Steven Means to their active roster.  Means has to voluntarily terminate his practice squad contract with the Texans before accepting the new contract with Philadelphia.  Means will leave behind $46,200 salary in “dead money” for his services on the practice squad.

2.  Tony Washington (LB) signed to the Practice Squad

Tony Washington is a familiar face with the Texans, as he was signed after the 2015 draft as an undrafted rookie.  Washington was ultimately released with an injury settlement back during the final rounds of cuts, on September 6th, 2015.  Washington will have a base salary & cap charge of $26,400 for the last 4 weeks of practice squad work.

3.  Weekly Roster Bonuses

The Texans use active game day roster bonuses for many of their top & middle tier players.  The player has an annual roster bonus, which is paid out each week the player is on the 46 man game day active roster.  Rahim Moore and Garrett Graham were inactive and did not receive their respective roster bonus.  The following players did receive their bonus:

Player Name Roster Bonus Amount
Johnathan Joseph $31,250
Brian Cushing $78,125
Cecil Shorts $15,625
Kareem Jackson $15,625
Chris Polk $6,250
Brian Hoyer $31,250

4.  Week 13 Snap Counts

Offense:  76 Plays

Brian Hoyer 76 100%
Chris Polk 30 39%
Jonathan Grimes 27 36%
Alfred Blue 9 12%
Jay Prosch 7 9%
Akeem Hunt 5 7%
Wide Receivers
DeAndre Hopkins 76 100%
Nate Washington 76 83%
Cecil Shorts 47 52%
Jaelen Strong 16 21%
Tight Ends
Ryan Griffin 48 63%
C.J. Fiedorowicz 42 55%
Offensive Linemen
Duane Brown 76 100%
Derek Newton 76 100%
Oday Aboushi 76 100%
Xavier Su’A-Filo 76 100%
Ben Jones 75 99%
Kendall Lamm 10 13%
Chris Clark 1 1%

Defense:  62 Plays

Defensive Linemen
J.J. Watt 60 97%
Vince Wilfork 46 74%
Jared Crick 44 71%
Brandon Dunn 10 16%
Christian Covington 3 5%
Brian Cushing 62 100%
Whitney Mercilus 55 89%
Bernardrick McKinney 49 79%
JaDaveon Clowney 45 73%
John Simon 33 53%
Defensive Backs
Quintin Demps 62 100%
Andre Hal 60 97%
Johnathan Joseph 56 90%
Kevin Johnson 41 66%
Kareem Jackson 41 66%
Eddie Pleasant 13 21%
Charles James 2 3%

Active Special Teams (no offensive/defensive snaps):  Max Bullough (LB), Brian Peters (LB), Akeem Dent (LB), Kurtis Drummond (DB), Keith Mumphrey (WR), A.J. Bouye (DB), Jon Weeks (LS), Shane Lechler (P), Nick Novak (K)

Active but Did Not Play:  T.J. Yates (QB)

Inactive:  Brandon Weeden (QB), Darryl Morris (DB), Rahim Moore (DB), Justin Tuggle (LB), Brandon Brooks (OL), Garrett Graham (TE), Jeoffrey Pagan (DL)

5.  Salary Cap Space Update

Going into Week 14 of the regular season the Texans will have ~$2.850 million available in cap space.



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