Daniels Making a Name for Himself

Owen Daniels (David J Phillip/AP)

Entering his third season, Owen Daniels has become an integral part of Gary Kubiak's offense. Last season, Daniels hauled in 63 balls for 768 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2007, he almost doubled the yards and catches from his rookie campaign. This year should be no different as he becomes more and more comfortable in the NFL game.

"I'd like to do the same (as last season)." Daniels said. "I'm lucky to be a part of this offense where a tight end is a big part of this passing game"

Though he was a skilled pass catcher entering the draft and through his rookie year, there were questions about his ability to block at the NFL level. While he did come from a run-oriented school (Wisconsin), he was used primarily as a pass catcher which remained his biggest strength as he progressed in the NFL. If there was one thing to work on after a 60+ catch 700+ yard season, it was probably the blocking, although, a new scheme on the ground has Daniels excited about what is going to come.

"I think I'm improving." Daniels said of his blocking. "I think this new run scheme that we have in helps out a lot. We have less plays to worry about. I think last year there were 10 to 15 running plays we had to worry about to each side. This year it's probably about five or six, running out a bunch of different looks."

While the blocking was somewhat of a concern, the receiving ability from the tight end position was not in question. Daniels had the 3rd highest yards per catch of AFC tight ends (with a minimum of 10 rec.). He also ranked 4th in receptions and yards by tight ends in the AFC. After a breakout season in 2007, he's making the rounds as a viable fantasy football option at TE and is getting some extra attention.

"I've got friends coming up to me all the time saying that they've got me on their fantasy squad, even strangers out here saying that I've helped them out." Daniels said. "That flatters me when they tell me people pick me up and they've got me on their team."

Daniels has certainly gotten noticed by just about everyone after his sensational season last year. Knowing they have a dependable tight end that can pick up first downs and stretch the seam, the Texans offense should only improve especially with Daniels being more comfortable in the new run blocking scheme.

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