Texans escape Vikings, face Dolphins next

The Houston Texans came away with a lot of positives away from their first preseason game besides the final outcome of  27-13.  With 18 players out due to injuries including 10 starters, Head Coach Gary Kubiak had the opportunity to see some of the younger players perform…something that doesn’t always happen.

“When you’re chasing  free agents, you promise these kids you’re going to give them a chance. To bring them in and have them stand around for a few weeks and never really get an opportunity, you don’t feel good about that as a coach. I feel good about it.”

The Texans are looking to repeat their outcome this week as they face the 1-1 Miami Dolphins at home this Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are still available!

 

Texans sign free agent QB John Beck

The Texans have signed veteran free agent quarterback , who will compete with T.J. Yates and undrafted rookie Case Keenum for the backup role to .

Beck (6-2, 215), a second-round draft pick out of Brigham Young in 2007, spent the last three seasons with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins run a very similar offensive system to the Texans’ under Mike and Kyle Shanahan. 

Schaub is recovering from a Lisfranc injury and will not participate in the team portions of organized team activities (OTAs), which begin May 21. That will give Yates, Keenum and Beck plenty of reps leading up to training camp. Yates has a leg up in the competition after starting seven games for the Texans, including two in the playoffs, as a rookie last season.

Beck, 30, has started seven games in his career — four with the Miami Dolphins as a rookie in 2007 and three with the Redskins in 2011. He has thrown for 1,417 yards with a 58.6 completion percentage, three touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 67.6 passer rating.

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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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