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Week 1 vs. KC
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 1 targets
A lot is expected of Owen Daniels this year and he should have much bigger games in the weeks ahead. In this game, he caught the only pass that came his way.
Week 2 vs. CAR
Receiving: 5 / 58 / 0 on 7 targets
Daniels had five catches for 58 yards. Four of his five catches went for first downs. His other catch would have been a first down but he fumbled on the play. His knee was close enough to the ground that Houston challenged the play. The play was reviewed and upheld. Owens came back a couple of drives later and made a nice catch on a fourth and four play. His catch continued the drive that ended in Houston's second touchdown.
Week 3 vs. IND
Receiving: 7 / 56 / 0 on 7 targets
Daniels was the primary target for Matt Schaub. He was consistently open over the middle and provided an excellent target when Schaub was in trouble. Daniels was tackled just short of the end zone on his last catch of the game, leading to the second Texan touchdown.
Week 4 vs. ATL
Receiving: 5 / 69 / 0 on 7 targets
Daniels ran good short and intermediate routes and continued to display an affinity for getting open in traffic. The two targets he did not catch were overthrown.
Week 5 vs. MIA
Receiving: 6 / 96 / 0 on 7 targets
Daniels had the best game statistically for the Texans, catching six passes for 96 yards on seven targets. He seemed to be wide open on most of his receptions and also seems to have a nice chemistry working with QB Matt Schaub.
Week 6 vs. JAX
Receiving: 5 / 79 / 0 on 9 targets
Daniels continues to be a key element in the Houston passing attack. His 79 receiving yards was second on the team to Kevin Walter.
Week 7 vs. TEN
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 5 targets
Daniels didn't catch his first pass until late in the fourth quarter and didn't really factor into the passing game. He had two receptions for 20 yards.
Week 8 vs. SD
Receiving: 4 / 35 / 0 on 6 targets
Daniels was frequently targeted throughout the game, dropping one easy pass early in the first half but hauling in most everything else. He appeared to be on his way towards picking up some extra garbage time yards late in the fourth quarter. But he apparently turned an ankle while blocking on a run play and was seen having his lower leg looked at on the sideline. He didn't appear to be in a lot of pain and his name didn't show up in the postgame recap, so it shouldn't be an issue going forward.
Week 9 vs. OAK
Receiving: 4 / 41 / 0 on 5 targets
On the first drive of the game Owen Daniels had the ball poked away by DB Michael Huff, but luckily the Texans recovered. Later, Daniels took a big hit from DB Stuart Schweigert but appeared fine. Daniels was Sage Rosenfels' most reliable receiver in the victory.
Week 11 vs. NO
Receiving: 5 / 74 / 0 on 5 targets
Daniels overcame fumbling the ball on his first catch and posted very good numbers. He had a good rapport with Schaub, and was able to get open on several intermediate routes, then showed very good running after the catch abilities. He was not targeted in the second half.
Week 12 vs. CLE
Receiving: 7 / 82 / 1 on 9 targets
Daniels benefited from Andre Johnson's struggles, often becoming the primary receiving option on pass plays. His six yard touchdown catch was a tough grab over the middle of the field. Daniels did have a key fumble in the game one that turned the ball over on the Cleveland 39 yard line and killed another Houston drive.
Week 13 vs. TEN
Receiving: 3 / 42 / 0 on 6 targets
Daniels had only one catch until late in the third quarter, as he was forced to stay back on blocking assignments, or was sidelined in favor of blocking tight ends for much of the afternoon.
Week 14 vs. TB
Receiving: 3 / 20 / 1 on 5 targets
Daniel received five targets, and was able to come down with three receptions for 20 yards that included a four yard touchdown reception.
Week 15 vs. DEN
Receiving: 3 / 53 / 0 on 4 targets
Daniels was a strong target over the middle for QB Sage Rosenfels. The Broncos had some trouble bringing the big tight end down as Daniels was able to break or avoid tackles to gain extra yardage after the catch on a few occasions. Each of Daniels' catches went for a first down.
Week 16 vs. IND
Receiving: 2 / 27 / 0 on 8 targets
Daniels was busy, though it isn't necessarily reflected in the numbers. He dropped two very catchable passes, a surprise for the normally sure-handed tight end. He did manage a very nice grab on a low diving pass over the middle in the first half, a play that was challenged but ultimately upheld. As he fell to the ground, he somehow kept his hands under the football despite the ball being pinned against his upper arm for a very tough catch. Daniels was later targeted in the end zone by Rosenfels, but the ball was thrown into far too much coverage and was easily intercepted by Melvin Bullitt.
Week 17 vs. JAX
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 1 on 3 targets
Daniels, like most of the receivers did not have many opportunities due to the Texans' reliance on the running game. He did however catch one of his targets for a touchdown.