Texans Prepare for St. Louis

TE Owen Daniels

After the Texans practiced on Monday, head coach Gary Kubiak talked with the media regarding how the team feels about their first win, a few standout performances, and what the Texans need to work on before heading to St. Louis on Friday.

With the Texans first preseason win in the books, head coach Gary Kubiak now has his sights set on the Rams.  The Texans will play St. Louis on Saturday while attempting to keep their winning momentum going.  St. Louis won their first preseason game against the Texans' division rivals the Indianapolis Colts last week.

Kubiak said yesterday that he was pleased with the practice his players gave him after the Texans winning performance.

"It made me feel good," Kubiak said.  "We had some good things happen the other night, and that was exciting.  I was very impressed with the practice today."

The Texans started a little slow on Monday, which was expected by the coaching staff after the team's first full speed game.  However, after the players got into the team practice, things fired up and the Texans were back to their normal, hard hitting selves again.

Kubiak was pleased with the performance he got from his running backs, and will likely use three of his backs again in this weekends contest.  One thing Kubiak has said is that second year running back Vernand Morency will definitely see more play time this weekend against the Rams.

The head coach is also working more with his fullbacks after their disappointing performance this past Saturday against the Chiefs. 

"I wasn't real happy with how it went the other day," Kubiak said after yesterdays practice about FBs Jameel Cook and Nick Luchey.  "I think they're both better players than they played. I think a lot of it might have been their first time out in our system, and hesitant in some of their assignments. I know one thing: they came out ready to go today, and they fixed them."

Another player that did impress Kubiak last weekend was rookie TE Owen Daniels.  Daniels led the team with 4 receptions for 29 yards against the Chiefs.

"He's a two-way player at tight end," stated Kubiak.  "They're hard to find. He has a chance to be very effective at both. He's a fine young player; the preseason is going to tell if he's going to be able to help this team quickly. He's a very smart young man."

Kubiak said that Daniel's stock has definitely gone up after the victory.  The Texans other TEs Mark Bruener and Jeb Putzier have done a lot to work with Daniels during practices, and Kubiak is giving a lot of credit to these veterans for helping mold the young rookie.

When asked if Daniels is a willing blocker, Kubiak commented that "Technique-wise, he has a ways to go. What happens is those ends he played against in college, all of a sudden he lines up on Mario everyday, so that's a different person he's lining up on. His technique has to get better, but as far as wanting to do that, he's an every-down player. He played every down on special teams, too."

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