Texans Scouting Report - Ryan Krause

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Back in May, the Texans signed former San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers tight end Ryan Krause, terms were not disclosed. To find out the inside scoop on Krause, BattleRedNation.com asked SD Bolt Report publisher Michael Lombardo, who covered Krause since he was a rookie to furnish us a scouting report.

The Chargers drafted Ryan Krause because of his potential to develop into a top pass-catching tight end. He played wide receiver at Nebraska-Omaha, where he was able to use his massive frame (6 foot 3, 256 lbs.) to overwhelm smaller defenders. He is a physical player who is willing to go over the middle and make tough catches. He knows how to take a hit and protect the football in traffic, which makes him an inviting target on third downs.

Krause runs smooth routes and will go up and attack the ball at its highest point. However, pass catching is about all he can provide, as his lanky frame is ill-suited for in-line blocking. He'll make an effort, but his technique leaves a lot to be desired.

He has the right build and mind-set to be effective on special teams, but he never really stood out in that area.

The Chargers released him after he was arrested for a DUI. It was part of the team's PR purge, as Krause was busted in the same year that Terrence Kiel was arrested for shipping prescription cough syrup to Texas, and that Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer after a drunken driving stint of his own.

In the right system, Krause can chip in about 15 catches and a couple of scores as a number three tight end.

This seems to be another one of the Texans low-risk, possible high reward signings, as Krause has some definite pass catching skills, and can possibly be a contributor behind Owen Daniels in passing situations. Whereas we are not aware of the financial terms of Krause's deal, it is likely that it isn't much of a burden, and if he doesn't work out it wouldn't have cost the team much.

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