QB Brock Osweiler - Houston Texans
|6-7, 242||Born: 11-22-1990||College: Arizona State||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Tue Nov 29): will remain the Texans' starting quarterback, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Week 13: at Green Bay Packers
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Brock Osweiler fed the flames regarding his competence vs. San Deigo last week, by throwing zero TDs and three interceptions during a 13-21 loss. Last week was the first time in four games that he's failed to throw a TD (and the first time in that span that he's thrown more than one interception in a game), but with 12 passing scores and now 13 interceptions to his credit for 2016 the natives in Houston are getting restless. Nonetheless, on Monday head coach Bill O'Brien stated that Osweiler will remain the starting quarterback for 2016. During the contest, DeAndre Hopkins lead the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards with 10 targets for 5/70/0 receiving (he's seen 105 targets for 55/610/3 receiving this year, for a disappointing 79 fantasy points through 11 games), while Will Fuller V (six for 4/60/0), C.J. Fiedorowicz (six for 4/42/0) and Ryan Griffin (five for 4/36/0) were the other top receivers. The Texans' passing attack is sputtering as we enter December. The Packers' pass defense did a good job against rookie Carson Wentz on Monday Night Football (24/36 for 211 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown - he did manage a rushing TD with 4/33/1 on the ground), and the Eagles only scored 13 points, down for the 42 alloted to Washington in Week 11 and the 47 Tennessee put up in Week 10. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Green Bay has averaged 25.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (sixth-most in the NFL); and 28.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (sixth-most); with 11.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (second-most in the league). We'll see if last week's improvement was an aberation or the beginning of a trend. This looks like a good matchup for Osweiler - we'll see if he can take advantage of the opportunity.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 12 vs SD (22 / 37 / 246 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 23 / 1 rush)
Maybe one game the interceptions will go away but Brock Osweiler continued to struggle to protect the football. He did not get much help from his offensive line who turned in one of their worst performances of the season in pass protection and run blocking. Osweiler worked intermediate all game and had success throwing to ball to C.J. Fiedorowicz in the middle of the field. He finally looked comfortable with DeAndre Hopkins and Osweiler made sure he did what he could to get him the football. Osweiler his Hopkins five time for 70 yards and did the two did most of their work in man coverage situations. Osweiler did have a rushing touchdown on a sneak for one yard but that was the highlight of his game. He had two interceptions that were on him, one ball that he should have thrown away but forced it to Hopkins. The other came on an overthrow to Fiedorowicz who was wide open down the seam that ended up in the safeties hands. His final interception came on a hail mary to end the game but his accuracy issues for the game are still coming back to bite him. There are moment of good for Osweiler but the bad decisions are clouding and stunting his growth as a quarterback.
2016 Week 11 vs OAK (26 / 39 / 243 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Most will not discuss it but it has been a solid three game stretch for Brock Osweiler. Osweiler had a 70+ yard touchdown reception called back when DeAndre Hopkins had a 24 yard reception on a crossing route that he clearly did not step out of bounds and the officials blew the play did thinking he did. Osweiler completed 26 passes and it was his most efficient game of the season. He hit 8 different receivers and C.J. Fiedorowicz remained his favorite target on the field hitting him 6 times and mainly in the middle of the field in catch and runs. Osweiler did have two near interceptions that hit Raider defenders in the hands but they couldn't finish the play. Osweiler also started getting rolling with Hopkins out of the slot, and hit him for gains of 13, 9, 8 and 4 yards. Osweiler's only touchdown of the day came on a pass to Braxton Miller for a 12 yard touchdown reception hitting him with an easy throw from the slot. Osweiler was under control the entire night and it is clear he is settling into his role with the offense.
2016 Week 10 vs JAX (14 / 27 / 99 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)
The game dictated on what the Texans were doing with the football and Brock Osweiler did the most important thing, no turnovers. Osweiler protected the football and worked the middle of the field to the tight ends where he had his most success. He only had two passes targets over 20+ yards the entire game both for Hopkins but he were well covered. Osweiler continued to find success to the tight end group. Both of his touchdowns came on plays from the one yard line, one on boot leg hitting Ryan Griffin for an easy pitch and catch. Also, hitting Stephen Anderson on another play action pass for a simple one yard touchdown. Osweiler is still struggling to find DeAndre Hopkins consistently, some can be attribute to poor passes but some can be pointed to Hopkins not getting into routes. Osweiler's biggest pass came to ice the game hitting Hopkins on a 10 yard slant to win the game. There was not much happening in the passing game with the Texans who played with a lead majority of the game and did not trail at any point. It was Osweiler's lowest attempts of the season and he made sure he did not force the ball during the game.
2016 Week 8 vs DET (20 / 29 / 186 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
There are positives about Brock Osweiler's day and it starts with it was easily his most accurate day as a passer in a Texans uniform. Osweiler attempted two deep passes which was his lowest of the season and one was just out of bounds in the end zone to DeAndre Hopkins. Osweiler had five drops by his receivers, which dropped his numbers and only really had three pass they were really poor throws. He conintues to work well with his tight ends and he hit Ryan Griffin for a 23 yard strike on a 3rd down up the seam and he continues to work well with C.J. Fieodorwicz who he hit for another touchdown. On the 6 yard touchdown throw, Fiedorowicz ran and out route underneath the void Hopkins created which was an easy pitch and catch. Osweiler was much better on the intermediate part of the field and his only interception came on a 3rd down throw to Hopkins where he expected him to cut off his route for a back shoudler throw. His stats will not say it but Osweiler's most efficent day came from a controlled passing game helping him out get some good looks in the middle of the field.
2016 Week 7 vs DEN (22 / 41 / 131 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
It was an ugly day for Brock Osweiler and the worst part of it is that the offensive line have him time to work throwing the football. His longest completions of the night went for 13 to Will Fuller who helped him out on a catch and run. He was inaccurate all evening and could not get into a rhythm throwing the football. Osweiler lost a fumble that was a questionable call that could have been ruled a pass, that alone helped sink the Texans late in the game. There was not much to feel good about Osweiler's performance that saw him work underneath majority of the night and very little down field. Osweiler have 5 of his 41 passes go for more than 10 yards all game. He tried 4 passes of 20 yards or more which all came up empty. Osweiler did have three key scrambles for 16 yards to extend drives and his longest run was 10 yards on a key third down. Until Osweiler figures out to sit solid in the pocket after his first read is taken away or his receivers get off of press coverage, it will continue to be tough for Osweiler to work.
2016 Week 6 vs IND (25 / 39 / 269 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -4 / 0 rush)
This was a tale of 57 minutes of Brock Osweiler and the final three minutes and overtime version of the Texans quarterback. Osweiler continued to look uneasy in the pocket to start the game and he could not get comfortable in the pocket and sailed passes early in the game intended for DeAndre Hopkins. Later in the game he left the ball behind Hopkins on crossing route and threw it right into Vontae Davis hands for another interception. In the first three quarters Osweiler went 11 of 22 for 89 yards with the interception. Then when it became time for the Texans to make plays, Osweiler's light switched on. Osweiler starting getting into ta groove by working underneath to Ryan Griffin for 12 yard gains. His first touchdown came on a check down to Lamar Miller for a 16 yard touchdown that saw him beat seven defenders with some help for the touchdown. Then went to his favorite target over the past few weeks in C.J. Fiedorowicz and capped off their comeback with a 26 yard strike up the seam for a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball. Osweiler also finally started picking away at the Colts defense by working to DeAndre Hopkins with 8-10 yard chunks. His best ball came to Jaelen Strong on a 9 route for 36 yards in overtime to set up the game winning field goal in overtime.
2016 Week 5 vs MIN (19 / 42 / 184 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
He continues to be a mystery as a player and his play against the Vikings was a mess. Once again Osweiler had an interception where he threw it intended for Jaelen Strong where he was not even looking for the football. Osweiler was under pressure more than normal and it comes from a running game that was nonexistent against the Vikings. Osweiler threw the ball 42 times and only completed 19 of his passes with his longest throws going to DeAndre Hopkins on an out route that Hopkins broke a few tackles for a 25 yard gain. He hit C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 22 yard gain and it could have easily been a touchdown if Osweiler would have led him. Fiedorowicz had the linebacker beat and had to make a leaping catch to haul in the high pass. Osweiler had his only touchdown of the game on the Texans final drive of the game hitting Hopkins for a 1-yard touchdown on a quick slant. The game was well out of hand when Osweiler threw his touchdown but Osweiler's inaccurate passing is a growing concern.
2016 Week 4 vs TEN (25 / 37 / 254 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
His day will clouded with his two poor interceptions both intended for DeAndre Hopkins. One was forced into coverage when he was forced up in the pocket and he panicked and threw it blind to Hopkins. His other interception was the right read but he threw it off his back foot with pressure coming and left it short with Hopkins clearly past the the defender. Osweiler can not stay away from the interceptions and it ruined what was his best day passing of the season. Osweiler was efficient and did majority of his work underneath and let his receivers work. He threw good passes that allowed his receivers to catch and eat up yards. He hit Ryan Griffin on a crossing route for 45 yards to set up a score early in the first quarter. He had two touchdown throws one to C.J. Fiedorowicz where he looked off the safety to hit him up the seam for a 14 yard touchdown for a leaping reception. Osweiler continues to look Will Fuller's way and too advantage of his speed on a smoke screen that went for 28 yards and he hit him for a 5 yard touchdown play after a good play fake that Fuller sold as a run. Osweiler spread the ball around and hit 8 different receivers and finally started looking to the middle of the field where the tight ends and Jaelen Strong caught five passes to keep the chains moving. It was a solid production day for Osweiler but he has to find how to cut down on his interception problem.
2016 Week 3 vs NE (24 / 41 / 196 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
By the time Brock Osweiler and the Texans figured out the Patriots defense, it was all but too late. Osweiler received his first real taste of being forced to being patient. His big plays were non-existant that he showed the first two weeks. It fell on Osweiler to work short and intermediate routes and he had some success to DeAndre Hopkins hitting him five times for 56 yards all on routes to the right side of the field. The one interception Osweiler did throw was in a tight window intended for Hopkins in the middle of the field, that Jaime Collins stepped in front of. He also had a 20 plus yard gain wiped out due to another Will Fuller drop which would have helped the cause. The Texans offense was shrunk down to check downs and crossers less than 10 yards and tight end Ryan Griffin ended up being his favorite target late in the game catching 8 passes late in the game. Osweiler was impatient all night and throwing the ball 41 times, there were plenty of yards left on the field for the offense and Osweiler.
2016 Week 2 vs KC (19 / 33 / 268 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
It was a mixed bag for Osweiler and it came due to inaccurate throws with no real pressure. His two interceptions were poorly thrown footballs, both were behind their intended targets. One was behind Braxton Miller in the end zone and the other was behind DeAndre Hopkins on a stop route thrown behind him that Hopkins got one of his hands up but popped right into the hands of Marcus Peters. He is a true gunslinger and has a short term memory and continued to throw the football. After the interception in the end zone, he came back the next offensive series and hit Hopkins for a 27 yard touchdown pass in-between two Chiefs defenders. He was more effective in the middle of the field hitting Fuller for gains of 14 and 19 yard gains and Hopkins for 25, 16 and 14 yard gains. Last week Osweiler did not attack the intermediate portions of the field but he did this time and it paid off. Osweiler is a heady player and will take advantage of mishaps from the defense and he hit Jonathan Grimes on a key 13 yard gain late in the game with a kick swing pass outside the numbers when the Chiefs defense could not get lined up correctly. Osweiler's completion percentage will remain low due to the fact he just can't say no to throwing the ball deep. He trusts Will Fuller completely to change the dynamic of the game and he is going try for knockout punches with deep balls. The big play ability is there for Osweiler but he is still learning the offense and until the running game picks up, it will all be on Osweiler to provide most of the offense with his arm.
2016 Week 1 vs CHI (22 / 35 / 231 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
It was a productive day for Osweiler on the day and it started with some big throws down field to DeAndre Hopkins. He was focused on Hopkins early in the game and threw a good ball in traffic that Hopkins got his hands on but was ripped away by a Bears cornerback. It is a ball that Hopkins usually comes up with but this one goes against Osweiler but it was not entirely his fault. Looking to Hopkins, he ended up hitting him for a 23 yard touchdown strike in the end zone on a 9 route. Hopkins ran a nice route and Osweiler put some air under it to let him go to work. Osweiler would have had an 80+ yard touchdown pass if Will Fuller was able to haul it in when he split two defenders getting verbal. Oswieler showed some faith in the youngster and went to him in the second half hitting him from times for 100 yards. He checked into a player to hit Fuller on a smoke screen for 18 yards and touchdown where he went untouched to the end zone with some good blocking. There was a crucial drop on a well place ball in the end zone to Hopkins from Osweiler that should have been a touchdown. He worked underneath to Braxton Miller, Lamar Miller and the tight end group but he did most of his work with Hopkins and Fuller. He tried to push the ball down field late to Fuller to deliver the knock out blow but could complete three attempts of 20 yards or more. Osweiler showed he is not afraid to push the ball down field and let his receivers work.
Latest NewsTexans | Brock Osweiler still starter (Mon Nov 28, 03:48 PM) - Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler will remain the Texans' starting quarterback, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Our View: It's a bad sign when you have to answer "is he still your starter?" questions. Things haven't gone well for Osweiler during his first season as the Texans supposed franchise quarterback. We don't have a ton of faith that he's going to turn things around this season either.
link to story Texans | Brock Osweiler continues to struggle (Mon Nov 28, 01:04 AM) - Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler completed 22 of his 37 pass attempts for 246 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Week 12 game against the San Diego Chargers. He also ran three times for 23 yards and a touchdown. link to story Texans | Brock Osweiler mediocre on MNF (Tue Nov 22, 12:48 AM) - Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler completed 26 of his 39 pass attempts for 243 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders Monday, Nov. 21, in Mexico City. He also ran twice for 19 yards. link to story
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