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Week 3 vs. JAX
Rushing: 1 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 96 / 1 on 7 targets
Kevin Walter returned from injury with 7 receptions on 7 targets for 96 yards and one touchdown. His longest reception was for 24 yards. Walter can be expected to fill the WR2 role in Houston as long as he stays healthy and will benefit from the double-coverage Andre Johnson receives. Walter also added one rush for 11 yards.
Week 4 vs. OAK
Receiving: 1 / 41 / 0 on 3 targets
Walter only had one reception against the Raiders but it came on a 2nd and 6 call against cornerback Chris Johnson, who the Texans picked on all day. Walter eluded the jam at the line of scrimmage and then streaked down the sideline as Johnson struggled to catch up. After catching the ball, Walter secured it with both hands and gained another 9 yards after initial contact with the defender.
Week 5 vs. ARI
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 37 / 0 on 6 targets
Walter was only able to get open for modest gains against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and he was the target on the ill-fated pass that DRC took to the house to beat the Texans. Walter also got a carry on an end around in the red zone, but he wasn't able to even get back to the line of scrimmage.
Week 6 vs. CIN
Receiving: 3 / 29 / 0 on 4 targets
The Texans' gameplan seemed to favor Owen Daniels and Steve Slaton as secondary options rather than Walter, who had only three catches on short routes. Walter was sure-handed and able to get separation underneath on each of his catches.
Week 7 vs. SF
Receiving: 3 / 29 / 0 on 3 targets
Walter was relegated to being the third or fourth option in the receiving game even without Andre Johnson around. Walter finished the day with 29 yards on 3 receptions and was most often sent on hitches and out patterns near the sideline, rather then downfield routes despite near-constant single-coverage. Walter will likely have more chances to shine going forward but his role against San Francisco was fairly forgettable.
Week 8 vs. BUF
Rushing: 1 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 29 / 0 on 6 targets
Walter is currently in a stretch of games where his targets and catches are in decline. However you get the impression that it is just a matter of time until Walter has a break out game. In week 8 Walter was involved throughout the game but finished with a very pedestrian box score. It seems like the Texans are looking for ways to get him involved as he caught as screen pass, a shovel pass, and ran a reverse in this one. Walter could be in line for increased targets if TE Owen Daniels is lost for the season.
Week 9 vs. IND
Receiving: 5 / 67 / 0 on 6 targets
Walter was a little more involved in the first sans Owen Daniels game plan, but not enough to get him back to his previous fantasy value. He did take a huge hit to catch a very a tough ball inside the five, but otherwise Walter was mainly used on the short outs and sideline gos that have resulted in very little production for the wide receiver this year. It looks like Jacoby Jones may fully pass him in fantasy prominence while Owen Daniels is out.
Week 11 vs. TEN
Receiving: 4 / 46 / 0 on 5 targets
Walter was able to come up with a couple of red zone catches and a long catch off a play-action fake, but the Texans are not featuring him in the game plan, even with their #3 WR and starting TE out of the lineup. He is only useful as emergency depth.
Week 12 vs. IND
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 73 / 0 on 7 targets
Walter had a productive game against the Colts, once again taking the targets that used to be designated for tight end Owen Daniels. Walter continues to work on mid-distance crossing routes and on quick outs between the corner and the safety when the defense is playing zone. His best catch came on a 22 yard reception where he made a double move (inside then back out) and found a spot between two defensive backs before turning up field for a long gain along the right sideline. He was not targeted in the redzone again against the Colts.
Week 13 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 54 / 0 on 6 targets
Walter was quietly productive against Jacksonville, finishing the day with 4 catches for 54 yards. Most of his work was down outside the hashmarks on curls and quick-outs. Quarterback Matt Schaub had been leaning on Walter more of late in Owen Daniels' absence. That said, many of the passes that used to go to Walter on inside routes were thrown to David Anderson instead on Sunday.
Week 14 vs. SEA
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 4 targets
Walter was held to two catches on Sunday, both to the sideline. He might have been more productive had the Texans felt the need to pass in the second half. As it was, Walter was not able to benefit from seeing single-coverage since the Seahawks double-coverage was completely ineffective in slowing down Andre Johnson.
Week 15 vs. STL
Receiving: 4 / 42 / 1 on 6 targets
Walter found the endzone against the Rams for the first time in weeks. His touchdown came on a Matt Schaub bootleg wherein Walter ran an out pattern to the right side of the endzone, outracing the defensive back left covering him. Walter also had three other catches for a total of 18 yards. He is still being used primarily on out routes and curls on the right side of the field.
Week 16 vs. MIA
Receiving: 3 / 21 / 0 on 4 targets
Walter had 3 reception for modest yardage on Sunday against Miami. His routes keep him outside the hashmarks and at short distance meaning the his yards-per-catch continue to fall. All three of Walter's catches were on hitches or out routes where he was immediately wrapped up by a defender or run out of bounds.
Week 17 vs. NE
Receiving: 2 / 30 / 0 on 3 targets
Walter had only two catches against the Patriots and seemed like an afterthought in the offense. However, Walter's lack of involvement most likely was a result of Jacoby Jones and Joel Dreessen having so much success in the middle of the field against the New England secondary. Both of his catches resulted in first downs. Walter finished the season with 53 receptions for 611 yards and two touchdowns.