TE James Casey - Free Agent

6-3, 246Born: 9-22-1984College: RiceDrafted: Round 5, pick 2009

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2014 Week 3 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Casey helped to seal the game up with a 19 yard grab to help pick up the first down and let Nick Foles run the clock out with kneeling the ball down.

2014 Week 6 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 26 / 1 rec)

Casey had one reception on the day but it was a beautiful one with a 26 yard strike from Foles that he caught in stride and raced into the endzone.

2014 Week 12 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)

Casey wasn't involved in the offense until late in the fourth quarter. He caught his only target, a deep out route in the end zone for a touchdown.

2013 Week 4 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Casey had only one target in the game in the first quarter and made the best of it with a 12 yard pickup over the middle of the field.

2013 Week 8 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

James Casey had one catch on the day and it was for an 11 yard pickup for a 1st down in the first quarter. It was a rare offensive play that he was relied upon, as he is usually in the game for blocking purposes.

2013 Week 10 vs GB (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Casey saw two targets on the day and the first one was just a dump off from Foles when he was under pressure and it was dropped but it would have only been for a minimal gain. On Casey's lone catch of the game it came at a key time in the game late in the 4th quarter on a third down giving the Eagles a first down and helping them to run out the clock.

2012 Week 3 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Casey didn't contribute much in terms of yardage, but it is still nice to see the very talented TE/H-back get some looks in the passing game. Casey caught all three targets, but had little chance to turn the dump offs into much before getting dropped. Look for Casey to be a threat out of the backfield, in the flats and get some reps in the event of injury to either Daniels or Graham.

2012 Week 4 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)

Casey scored the Texans first touchdown. On the play, he broke from the left side of the line of scrimmage and ran a quick out. He caught the Matt Schaub pass and turned up-field, breaking tackles by Jordan Babineaux and Akeem Ayers before making it to the end zone. Casey finished the day with five receptions (second only to fellow tight-end Owen Daniels). Most of Casey's receptions came from either quick slants across the middle or quick outs away from Owen Daniels.

2012 Week 5 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

James Casey can do a little bit of everything. On some running plays, Casey lined up in the backfield and set-up second level blocks. Casey sealed Bart Scott on a number of plays, springing Arian Foster for first down gains. When he wasn't paving the way for Foster, Casey was catching tight end screens and option routes from Matt Schaub. Casey's best play occurred during his team's ninth drive. Following an unsuccessful Jet onsides kick, Casey caught a tight end screen and burst down the right sideline for a 30-yard gain. After making the catch, Casey demonstrated some nice acceleration and field awareness before being tackled. This play alone quieted the raucous Jet crowd. Outside of his big play, Casey served a check down outlet for Schaub.

2012 Week 9 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Not quite a TE, but not quite a FB either, Casey caught all three targets, including a long of 24 yards. Lined up in the backfield, Casey was given free release through the hole as Schaub faked the handoff to Foster. The LB bit on the fake, leaving chunks of open space behind him and Casey easily worked in the zone pocket making a relatively simple catch for 24 yards. Showing his versatility, Casey also lined up on the line and worked behind it on another play fake, catching a pass in the flat for 12 yards. Casey was a nice threat in the passing attack coming out of the backfield, but he certainly had his struggles in the running game too. Far from a true power FB, Casey struggled when asked to block from the same position. Buffalo's defense had little trouble attacking Casey and often pressed him into the backfield, disrupting the running game on more than one occasion when Casey was asked to run block.

2012 Week 10 vs CHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Owen Daniels out, Casey saw extended time. However, he didn't have a catch despite being targeted a couple times on short passes.

2012 Week 11 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)

The Texans prominently featured their three tight ends against the Jaguars. Even little-used James Casey had three receptions including a touchdown. Casey primarily served as a blocker for both the running game and passing game but did find time to slip off the line of scrimmage for short receptions as an outlet receiver. His touchdown came on a one yard reception where he lined up tight to the line of scrimmage, slipped by his blocker, and turned to receive a quick toss from Matt Schaub to tie the game at 14-14.

2012 Week 12 vs DET (5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Casey spend much of Thanksgiving as a reliable outlet for quarterback Matt Schaub. Casey lined up both in the backfield and in motion as an H-back. He primarily ran quick outs from the backfield and quick in patterns when going in motion. He finished the day with three short receptions and a 15 yard gain on a quick pass to the left.

2012 Week 13 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)

Casey had one catch on the day, but it was significant. He caught a five yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub near the end of the first quarter to put the Texans ahead 14-3. On the play, Casey lined up as an H-Back on the right side of the backfield. He released cleanly from the line of scrimmage and ran a quick out at the front of the end zone. Quarterback Matt Schaub easily found him with an easy toss for the touchdown. Casey has been a useful option for the Texans as he runs both curls and outs from the backfield in short-yardage situations. These routes make it difficult for the opposition to assign a middle linebacker to stack the line against the run, so even when Casey is not targeted he has a positive affect on the play.

2012 Week 14 vs NE (1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Filling in for Garrett Graham, Casey saw more time as a tight end against the Patriots than normal. He primarily served as a blocker, however, and only had one reception on the day. Casey's best catch came in the third quarter on a crossing route from right to left. On the play, Casey ran a deep cross and was found wide-open by Matt Schaub for a large gain.

2012 Week 15 vs IND (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Casey continues to line up most often as an H-Back for the Texans but did get a few snaps coming off the line of scrimmage. He was excellent in blocking packages both on the run and in passing downs. He finished the day with a single nine yard reception.

2012 Week 17 vs IND (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Casey got wide open deep, but Matt Schaub underthrew him and the ball was picked by Vontae Davis. He also got a red zone catch in this game.

2012 Week 18 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

Casey only had one catch, picking up 20 yards on the play. He slipped out of the backfield and was left uncovered in the flat allowing him to turn up field on the catch. Casey was also the targeted receiver on Schaub's lone INT, coming out of the backfield and immediately angling to the sideline. The throw was behind Casey however, and he was unable to make any sort of play on the ball or subsequent tackle.

2012 Week 19 vs NE (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Casey had three catches, picking up 29 yards, but his biggest impact came on the game's opening drive. Working out of the backfield, Casey easily beat the LB coverage on the arrow route and Schaub delivered a perfect ball. A for sure TD, Casey dropped the easy catch and killed a chance at some early momentum. Casey did have a nice grab on the FG drive just before halftime, having to lie out for the 11-yard gain. It was Casey whom Schaub was targeting on his lone INT.

2011 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

James Casey proved himself an effective replacement for departed Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. Casey delivered solid blows that opened up holes, if perhaps not as thunderous of this as Leach did last year. However, Casey is being used in creative ways, able to line up as a receiving tight end or as the fullback, and was able to get wide open on several occasions as defenders failed to account for him as they treated him like a blocker.

2011 Week 3 vs NO (7 / 5 / 126 / 1 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

The Texans made great use of the athletic ability of James Casey, a tight end who plays primarily as a fullback. Casey was left uncovered on one play where he slipped out on a route, taking the ball 62 yards and letting a receiver set up a block for him to pick up extra yards. Casey seemed to earn more of Matt Schaub's confidence as the game went on, making a diving catch for a touchdown, and then later drawing a second deep end zone target though the defender broke the pass up. He also was used to surprise the defense on a rush when he was lined up as the tailback, a formation that the Texans normally pass from.

2011 Week 4 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

After a breakout game last week, Casey wasn't used as much in this game as the gameplan began balanced and ended run-heavy. His one catch, however, showed his versatility. He began the play as a blocker, but Schaub executed a nice play-action fake, and Casey made himself available on the left side of the formation. He had three Steelers and one of his offensive linemen in front of him. Casey's speed showed as he easily escaped two defensive linemen and made the eight yards before being slowed down by a defensive back in front of him and tracked down by James Harrison from behind. Casey is one the league's most versatile players, and his performance in New Orleans won't be the last time he puts up nice statistics this season.

2011 Week 9 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Casey only managed a 1-yard reception in limited opportunities.

2011 Week 12 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Casey was not targeted frequently, and may not have seen the field as much as the Houston fullback normally does. His lone reception was a short five yard gain inside the red zone.

2011 Week 17 vs TEN (7 / 7 / 91 / 0 rec)

Casey got extended time out in pass routes with Owen Daniels inactive and showed what he can do. He showed terrific ball skills on balls thrown above the rim and also ran well after the catch. Casey has flashed as a potential stud fantasy TE twice this year, it's just a question of whether the Texans will utilize his abilities as a receiver regularly in the future.

2011 Week 19 vs BAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

James Casey was only targeted once on a hitch route when he lined up as a wide receiver, but the pass was broken up.

2010 Week 9 vs SD (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Casey's first grab was a career-long 33-yard snag down the seam off a play-action fake. He later added three other short receptions, as he helped Joel Dreessen fill in for the injured Owen Daniels.

2010 Week 10 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

James Casey was targeted in the red zone on a crossing route by Schaub and he should have made the catch. The ball was a little bit higher than would be considered ideal, but Casey has the skill set to make that kind of play. Casey caught a nice corner route off play action from Schaub for 18 yards later in the game.

2010 Week 11 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Casey has been mostly relegated to blocker, occasionally being used as an outlet when the coverage is too good, which is pretty much what happened on his one reception. Schaub checked down to him and took the short gain rather than throw the ball away.

2010 Week 13 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

James Casey was bumped up to the second tight end spot once again in Week 13 with Owen Daniels out again, but most of the throws went to starter Joel Dreessen. Dreessen had eight targets, almost three times as many chances as Casey (three targets). Casey's only catch came in the third quarter where Casey slipped out from his blocking spot on third and short to catch an eight-yard pass for a first down. Casey had two short passes thrown his way late in the fourth quarter that fell incomplete. Casey has no fantasy value as long as Joel Dreessen remains in the lineup.

2010 Week 16 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

James Casey got involved on a 21 yard screen pass in the 3rd quarter and looked good picking up his blocks down the field and showing some good speed.

2009 Week 8 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

The player affectionately referred to as 'Thor' during his college days made his presence felt in week 8 with the Texans. Casey was called upon due to the knee injury to Owen Daniels. During the game Casey was targeted 3 times and reeled in 2 short gainers. He also threw a key block that sprung Ryan Moats free for a TD run early in the 4th quarter. Casey has a lot of upside and could start to realize that potential sooner rather than later. He is worth an add in deeper leagues and all dynasty leagues at this point.

2009 Week 11 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Casey had one big downfield gain, but Keith Bulluck covered him well on a play that threatened to put the Texans in the red zone. Casey did a nice job going low to reel in his other catch, and he looked like up to the task of running all of Owen Daniels routes, so more production could be in his future.