TE Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
HT: 6-3, WT: 250, Born: 11-9-1982, College: Wisconsin, Drafted: Round 4
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Average draft position
Current as of May 6th. [Full ADP list]Overall: M Williams (95), S Vereen (96), Owen Daniels (97), L Moore (98), A Gates (99)
Position: D Pitta (79-TE7), K Rudolph (86-TE8), Owen Daniels (97 - TE9), A Gates (99-TE10), G Olsen (100-TE11)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of May 6th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: M Ingram (90), J Gordon (91), Owen Daniels (92), M Williams (93), T Gonzalez (94)
Position: D Pitta (75-TE6), K Rudolph (80-TE7), Owen Daniels (92 - TE8), T Gonzalez (94-TE9), A Gates (95-TE10)
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|1||at San Diego Chargers|
|3||at Baltimore Ravens|
|5||at San Francisco 49ers|
|6||St. Louis Rams|
|7||at Kansas City Chiefs|
|10||at Arizona Cardinals|
|13||New England Patriots|
|14||at Jacksonville Jaguars|
|15||at Indianapolis Colts|
|17||at Tennessee Titans|
2012 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Daniels had an excellent game against the Dolphins. While he was marginally effective as an in-line blocker during the running game, Daniels did deliver two solid blocks on short screen passes to Ben Tate out of the backfield. He also chipped in with four receptions. Daniels was used primarily on quick out and deep crossing patterns as the Texans worked to draw coverage away from Andre Johnson. Daniels' best reception came on a 29 yard catch where he found a seam in the defense outside of the right hash-mark. After buying time in the pocket, quarterback Matt Schaub floated a pass to Daniels that resulted in a first down.
Week 2 - Daniels had nine targets on the day and once again proved to be a reliable option for quarterback Matt Schaub. Daniels primarily ran go routes up the seam and quick hitches as the Texans worked to loosen up the middle of the field for Ben Tate and Arian Foster. Daniels did not catch any long passes but rather used his size to shield defenders from the ball on curls and hitches as the Texans put together numerous long drives. The Jacksonville linebackers had difficulty stopping Daniels from getting off the line of scrimmage and seemed content to let him catch short passes. Daniels knee looks fully recovered after a torn ACL that caused him to miss half of 2009.
Week 3 - Daniels had a rather quiet day on Sunday, but did look awfully good on his 14-yard TD catch. Daniels caught the pass at the eight-yard line, with only Mike Adams between him and the end zone. Daniels blasted Adams and then leapt in the end zone for the TD. Daniels was 2nd on the team in targets with five, including just missing a big play down the field where Schaub floated the pass a tad too much allowing Adams to break the pass up on the sideline. Daniels will continue to get his, but in what was a blowout for the majority of the game, there just wasnít a need for it on Sunday.
Week 4 - Daniels had another big day as Matt Schaub's preferred target. Most of Daniels receptions come on quick outs or skinny post patterns up the seam. He has very little trouble getting off the line of scrimmage and gets in to his breaks low and quickly. The Titans tried to cover Daniels with a zone of linebackers, which were no match for Daniels speed and Schaub's reading of the defense. Daniels' best catch came on a 28 yard touchdown reception up the left side that put the Texans up 28-7 against the over-matched Titans. On the play Daniels lined up split left and faked a short curl before breaking up and out the left side of midfield.
Week 5 - The Jets focused on eliminating Andre Johnson which allowed Daniels to roam freely over the middle of the field. The Texans wasted little time getting their athletic tight end involved. During his teamís first drive, Daniels hauled in a short screen from Matt Schaub and turned it into a 13-yard gain. Six plays later, Daniels put a beautiful double move on Antonio Cromartie for a wide open 34-yard touchdown reception. Daniels demonstrated nice acceleration into the end zone after making the catch. The Jets havenít been able to stop opposing tight ends this season, so Daniels was another beneficiary of their obvious shortcoming.
Week 6 - Owen Daniels caught 2 passes for 19 yards in the first half. Daniels caught a 3rd quarter pass and simply outran the linebacker for a smooth 27-yard catch and run.
Week 7 - Daniels continues to resemble the player that was so dangerous in 2009. He is running go routes down the seam and quick outs and giving quarterback Matt Schaub a reliable second target across from Andre Johnson. The Texans are mixing up Daniels routes so that he is able to go deep when covered by a linebacker and able to break out to the sideline when covered by a more distant safety. Daniels had a one yard touchdown reception against the Ravens. On the play, the Ravens were clearly anticipating a run allowing Daniels to beat his man off the line of scrimmage and haul in the touchdown. The play was reviewed and upheld as a catch. Daniels remains precise in his route running and his routes complement Andre Johnson very well. Whereas Johnson ran many underneath and crossing patterns against the Ravens, Daniels ran a number of deep outs and go routes in an effort to draw Ed Reed and the Ravens defensive backfield away from the line of scrimmage.
Week 9 - Daniels was Schaubís 2nd favorite target on Sunday, receiving eight targets. Daniels caught four, including a 39-yard TD pass. Daniels slipped off the line on his first catch, picking up seven yards on the out before being pushed out of bounds. However, it was Danielsí 2nd catch that was most noteworthy. Lined up on the line of scrimmage, Daniels worked with the flow of the play dragging just beyond the line. Rookie LB Nigel Bradham had coverage, but lost Daniels as Johnson crossed behind him, leaving Daniels all alone to work up the sideline. A very easy throw, Schaub tossed the pass to the uncovered Daniels who easily walked into the end zone for the TD. Later, as the Texans worked into the red zone for their final TD, Daniels was again the main target. Faking the out, Daniels tried to work back inside, but the coverage did a nice job blanketing the TE and forcing Schaub to look elsewhere. Of course the TD did go to Graham, but worth noting was Daniels was the first option on the play, potentially just missing a 2nd TD.
Week 11 - Not to be outdone by Garrett Graham's two touchdown day, Daniels had six receptions on nine targets against the Jaguars. He was primarily used on quick outs and post routes after being split out from the line of scrimmage. The Jaguars put a linebacker or safety close to the line of scrimmage to guard Daniels but he was able to use his quickness and superior route running to find holes in the defense. His best catch came on a reception to the left side. Daniels caught the quick pass from quarterback Matt Schaub and then split the defense up the middle of the field for an 18 yard gain. He was also the target on pass that was intercepted by Paul Posluszny.
Week 12 - Daniels primarily lined up in line against the Lions instead of split wide. Daniels did manage to occupy the defense both as a run blocker and route runner. On what would have been his best play, Daniels was wide open on a deep pass to the left side in the first quarter as well but was underthrown by Matt Schaub. On the play, Daniels lined up to the left and was uncovered coming off the line. Had the pass been on target, Daniels would have likely scored. Daniels did eventually score on a nine yard touchdown reception. On the play, Daniels lined up tight to the right side of the line. Schaub took the snap and quickly threw the pass to a streaking Daniels who had run a short slant to the middle of the field. Daniels caught the ball right as he was crossing the goalline.
Week 13 - Daniels primarily lined up on the right side of the line of scrimmage against the Titans. He primarily ran go routes down the right seam and hitches and out routes just outside of the right hash mark. He finished the day with 3 receptions including a nice catch down the middle of the field for a 19 yard gain. Daniels was targeted as a ďhotĒ receiver on a number of plays as well. Many of the hot reads appeared to be Daniels running a quick-in to the middle of the field while Kevin Walter ran a quick out away from him. This combination allowed quarterback Matt Schaub to make a safe pass when the Titans stacked the line for a blitz or to stop the run.
Week 14 - Daniels was targeted three times against the Patriots and finished the day with two receptions. He primarily ran quick outs and crossing patterns near the line of scrimmage. Despite Daniels superb athleticism, he had a hard time beating his man off the line on deeper routes and a safety quickly moved to cover him anytime he broke free. His best catch came on an 11 yard gain on a quick pass to the left side. On the play, Daniels lined up close to the line of scrimmage and quickly ran an out pattern, catching the ball over his outside shoulder before turning upfield for a few extra yards.
Week 15 - Daniels caught only 4 of the 7 passes intended for him on Sunday against the Colts. His receptions came on quick outs and curls. On the occasion Daniels ran a deeper pattern, the Colts rotated a safety to him very quickly to avoid a long gain. Daniels also spent quite a bit of time in-line as a blocker as the Texans abused the Colts on the ground. Daniels best catch came on a 17 yard gain to the middle of the field. On the play, Daniels chipped his man at the line of scrimmage before running to the open field between two defenders where Matt Schaub hit him with a quick pass.
Week 16 - Daniels continued with the task of running go routes up the seam and short out routes and slants in an effort to draw the deep safety in and away from Andre Johnson.† As has been the case in recent weeks, Daniels has been struggling to get the ball on the run.† Once again, his three catches against the Vikings were short in nature and did not allow for much yardage after the catch.† Daniels best catch came on a quick out where the ball was delivered low and slightly behind him.† Daniels reached back for the catch and secured the ball before being wrapped up by the Vikings defense.
Week 17 - Daniels was only used on short routes close to the line of scrimmage. The Texans haven't been using him to rip the seams and control the middle of the field in the passing game nearly as much this year as in years past.
Week 18 - Clearly Schaubís favorite target on Saturday, Daniels led the Texans in every receiving category. Daniels had 11 targets, catching nine for 91 yards with a long of 19 yards. Looking to neutralize the Bengals defensive line and take advantage of mismatches with LBs, Daniels essentially did what he pleased underneath (with 10 of 11 targets coming within nine yards of the line of scrimmage). Three of Schaubís first four completions went to Daniels, including an important 17-yard gain to get the Texans out of the shadow of their own goalpost on their first scoring drive. Daniels was matched up with LB Rey Maualuga, but easily got underneath the coverage for the quick hit and turned the short throw into a long gain. Danielsí best (and longest) catch came just before halftime as he worked a corner route. Schaub was hit as he threw sending a wobbly ball that was now well off target. Daniels was able to reach back, against all his momentum, and make the 19-yard grab.
Week 19 - For the second week in a row, Daniels led all Texan receivers in targets and catches, with 15 and nine respectively. And just like last weekend, Daniels was consistently targeted just beyond the line of scrimmage, with his long of 24 yards coming with the game well at hand (three of his catches, and 42 yards came on that drive). New England did a tremendous job on the TE, limiting Daniels to very little after the catch and preventing anything down the field. Despite the targets, and the catches, Daniels had little impact when the game mattered.