Texans face tall order in Kansas City

Expect Chiefs to force the Run Game

The Houston Texans come into Arrowhead stadium riding a disappointing 4-game losing streak but confident that they can right the ship and the team has decided that Case Keenum is the man to begin the turnaround while Matt Schaub nurses an ankle and foot injury.

“We’re struggling, and we’re looking for a spark,” Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. “I think he deserves an opportunity to go out there. It’s a tough place to play. It’s a tough place to get your first start and all that good stuff. But I’m not sending him out there by himself. I’m sending him out there with his football team, and the guys understand that.”

The Kansas City Chiefs, on the other hand, are stil undefeated with a 6-0 record and don’t seem to be slowing down regardless of what many pundits describe as a weak schedule.

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Texans sign free agent kicker Shayne Graham


The Texans signed free agent kicker Shayne Graham on Tuesday.

Graham (6-0, 214), an 11-year veteran, has played in 12 games with four different teams over the past two seasons. He will provide competition for rookie kicker , a fifth-round draft pick from Texas AM.

Graham, 34, has made 85.9 percent (214-of-249) of his career field goals, which makes him the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history. He has made 92.5 percent (149-of-161) of field goals from inside 40 yards, 80 percent (56-of-70) from 40-49 yards and 50 percent (9-of-18) from 50-plus.

The Texans are Graham’s 11th NFL team and seventh since 2010. He had stints with the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens in 2011. He was with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-09, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2005.

Since leaving the Bengals before the 2010 season, Graham has made 18-of-19 field goals (94.7 percent). He has not attempted a 50-yarder since 2009.

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Texans sign P Donnie Jones


HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have signed unrestricted free agent P Donnie Jones, it was announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Jones ranks fourth all-time among NFL punters with a 45.3-yard gross average and a 38.8 net average in eight NFL seasons. The former LSU punter was selected by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played in seven games with the Seahawks in 2004 before serving as the Miami Dolphins’ punter from 2005-06. Jones spent the last five seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

Jones’ 50.0 gross average in 2008 led the NFL and was the highest gross average since 1940 at the time. He owns two of the top nine single-season net punting averages in NFL history, ranking fourth with a 41.7 average in 2009 and ninth with a 41.1 average in 2008. Jones earned second team All-Pro recognition in 2008 and 2009 and has placed 198 of his 648 career punts inside the 20-yard line.