TE Owen Daniels, Free agent
HT: 6-3, WT: 250, Born: 11-9-1982, College: Wisconsin, Drafted: Round 4
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Owen Daniels comes to Baltimore with Gary Kubiak, who was relieved of his head coaching duties in Houston. Kubiak will utilize a lot of “12” personnel (one running back, two tight ends) in Baltimore, with Daniels and Dennis Pitta both playing a lot of snaps. Expect Pitta to be the far more productive pass-catcher due to his rapport with Joe Flacco and superior athleticism. But Daniels will be a red zone option as well and should catch a few passes each game, with upside for as many as a half-dozen in any given week.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - As is typical, Daniels' first reception came on a hard play action when he ran a crossing route to the other side of the field. He found a soft spot in coverage before catching a good pass from Schaub for a first down. Later on the same drive, Daniels found his way into the endzone. He was wide open over the middle as the Chargers bought hard on a play fake from the one yard line. Schaub hit Daniels early on the next drive when the Chargers blitzed. Daniels ran a crossing route underneath, but was able to carry the ball down the field for a 28 yard gain. Daniels' second touchdown came at the start of the fourth quarter when he came free underneath on a quick out before easily getting into the endzone. Late in the fourth quarter, Daniels lined up wide as a receiver against a cornerback. He caught the ball at the line of scrimmage before stepping around the cornerback in space for a 15 yard gain and a first down.
Week 2 - Just like Garrett Graham, Daniels' first target resulted in a touchdown as Matt Schaub lofted a perfect pass to the tight end running towards the back corner of the endzone. Daniels was unusually quiet, but with Andre Johnson out, Schaub looked to him in the dying moments of the fourth quarter. Daniels saw three targets, only catching the first one for a 12 yard gain and a first down that set up the Texans in field goal range. He dropped both of the other targets as he couldn't make diving receptions underneath.
Week 3 - Daniels caught a screen pass that was stopped for a loss on the Texans' first pass attempt of the game. Schaub went back to him two plays later on an out route for a first down. Daniels did well to catch the ball between two defenders. Daniels was heavily involved early on. Schaub found him over the middle for a first down in Ravens territory. Schaub looked for Daniels again on third and four close to the Ravens' goalline, but Daniels couldn't beat Matt Elam on the in route. On third and goal, Schaub tried to find Daniels underneath in tight coverage again, but the tight end was well covered. Daniels caught a nine yard out route late in the second quarter against deep coverage. Daniels caught a shallow crossing route on second and three in the Texans' hurry-up offense during the fourth quarter.
Week 4 - Schaub forced a pass to Owen Daniels over the middle. Daniels nearly caught it after a defender had tipped it, but couldn't come down with it as a defender hit him. The pass was ultimately intercepted, but it wasn't Daniels fault really. Daniels' first reception set up the Texans in the redzone. Daniels was covered well running towards the sideline, but he extended well for a tough catch and a 22 yard gain. Daniels caught a 10 yard pass running to the sideline on first and 10 just before the end of the first half. He appeared to push off before coming free, but he wasn't penalized. The Seahawks went straight back to Daniels for another nine yards on a crossing route. Daniels' caught Schaub's first pass in the second half when he was wide open down the seam after the quarterback manipulated the coverage. On third and 12, Daniels caught an out route for a six yard gain. On third and 2 with the Texans driving for the game-winning score, Daniels caught a short pass over the middle for a first down.
Week 5 - Daniels caught a crossing route on third and nine for his first reception of the game. That came on his first target early in the first quarter. On the next drive, Daniels caught a screen play after play-action that went for a first down. Daniels caught a six yard reception underneath on second and eight. On thid and nine in the third quarter, Daniels caught an eight yard pass over the middle of the field. On the next play, Daniels lined up as a wide receiver and found a soft spot in the zone deep down the field. Daniels caught a curl route for a first down from TJ Yates late in the fourth quarter.