TE Owen Daniels - Free Agent
|6-3, 250||Born: 11-9-1982||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2006|
2015 Week 1 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels virtually never left the field for the Broncos against the Ravens, but was nonetheless an afterthought against the Ravens. He received only two targets for the game, only one of which was designed. On his designed target, he caught the ball just short of the first-down marker, but made a savvy move to step back and avoid the tackle before pressing forward to convert. His only other target came when Manning, beset by the pass rush, flipped the ball to him left-handed for a loss of four.
2015 Week 2 vs KC (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
With his familiarity with coach Gary Kubiak's offense, much was expected from the veteran Daniels. Through two games, Daniels has failed to live up to expectations, functioning mostly as a seldom-used tertiary target when Peyton Manning finds himself in trouble. Daniels' 5 targets were third on the team, but with a pair of stars on the outside in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas soaking up most of the opportunities, what few targets Daniels got were typically hurried and unproductive.
2015 Week 3 vs DET (9 / 5 / 28 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels' nine targets tied for second-most on the team against Detroit, but Daniels only finished with 28 yards to show for them. By and large, the poor performance was not Daniels' fault. He was on the receiving end of a pair of no-hope screen passes where Manning was swarmed under with defenders immediately and simply getting rid of the ball. He had another 12-yard pass that was thrown just beyond his fingertips, and his fourth incomplete target came on a 3rd-and-13 pass that was knocked down by a defender before it reached him. Daniels did make up for those low-value targets with an 11-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-6, but by and large he solidified his role as someone who is only looked at when all else has gone wrong.
2015 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels has been a target of last resort through the first quarter of the season, and Sunday's game will do nothing to change that status. Daniels hauled in just two of his five targets, including a particularly egregious drop on 3rd-and-5. Daniels' touchdown was a triumph of play design, as the defense was fooled and Daniels was left all alone in the left side of the end zone for the throw-back.
2015 Week 5 vs OAK (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coming in against a defense famous for their struggles against tight ends, much was expected of Owen Daniels. Unfortunately, Daniels failed to show up on the game-ending stat sheet, with nary a catch on five targets. Some of the missed connections were not his fault-- a goal-line pass that was batted at the line of scrimmage, a second goal-line pass where Daniels was jammed and the ball wound up nowhere near him. On others, such as a dropped pass on 2nd-and-8, Daniels deserved his share of the blame. At the end of the day, though, Daniels remains a past-his-prime veteran who Manning looks to largely when his primary choices are covered.
2015 Week 6 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
While technically the third option in Denver's offense, Owen Daniels is largely an afterthought as the Broncos funnel an overwhelming percentage of their passing game through their two star receivers. As usual, most of Daniels' targets came on plays where Sanders and Thomas were well covered. Against Cleveland, Daniels managed to convert his four targets into nondescript 24 yards. He should remain as much of an afterthought in fantasy as he is in reality.
2015 Week 8 vs GB (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
The 32-year-old Daniels isn't the athletic threat he once was, but he still managed to catch 3 balls (on 3 targets) for 44 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Daniels' repertoire largely consisted of catching the ball and running straight ahead, but several poor tackling attempts by the Packers allowed him to do some decent damage after the catch. In a game where everything was going right for the Broncos, everything went right for Daniels, too.
2015 Week 9 vs IND (9 / 6 / 102 / 1 rec)
Despite the Broncos making a splashy trade at the deadline to acquire tight end Virgil Green, Owen Daniels wound up leading the team in receiving against the Indianapolis Colts. As he has for much of the season, Daniels largely served as a third option when both Thomas and Sanders were covered. He's not as fast or athletic as he was in his youth, and his production after the catch largely consisted of running forward in a straight line at a moderate pace until tackled, but Daniels did plenty of damage against a distracted Colts defense, including a trio of 20-yard targets, (one a short catch-and-run, and two intermediate to deep routes) and a 1-yard touchdown where he seemed to be the second or third read.
2015 Week 10 vs KC (5 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
On a day where there were few good targets to go around, Owen Daniels never had much opportunity to make an impact for the Broncos against the Chiefs. His lone catch for 14 yards was offset by a terrible drop on 2nd-and-17, and the remaining targets mostly sailed wide or otherwise off the mark.
2015 Week 11 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
With Denver opting to funnel so much of its offense through the tight end position against the Chicago Bears, Owen Daniels led the team in receiving yards and finished second in receptions. The bulk of Daniels' receiving yards came on well-designed screens, including a 31-yard catch-and-run. The lone target that came more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage was a 3rd-and-7 pass that Owen Daniels got two hands on but failed to bring in.
2015 Week 12 vs NE (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
As he's been all year, Owen Daniels served as a reliable outlet on rollout passes and when Denver's downfield receivers were blanketed. While he's still unable to make much happen beyond the catch point, Daniels managed to haul in five of his six targets for the Broncos against New England, helping keep the team in manageable down-and-distance situations.
2015 Week 13 vs SD (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels had a quiet game as the fourth option in the passing game behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and new tight end Vernon Davis. Daniels drew just three targets, none after halftime as Denver largely concentrated on running out the clock, and failed to register a single first down.
2015 Week 14 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Despite a dumpoff-heavy gameplan that usually plays to his strength, Owen Daniels received very little work against the Oakland Raiders as fellow tight-end Vernon Davis was more heavily featured. Daniels received only four targets, and his only play of note came on a short catch over the middle with nothing but green grass in front of him that Daniels was able to run for 32 total yards.
2015 Week 15 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
With Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas both playing so well, Owen Daniels saw less action than usual against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Daniels' offensive contributions were largely limited to converting a third-down in the first half en route to another touchdown. Daniels also had a terrible drop on 1st and 10 after Pittsburgh had tied the game up in the second half.
2015 Week 16 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Through the first 58 minutes against the Cincinnati Bengals, it was hard to tell tight end Owen Daniels was even on the field; he had 2 catches and 16 yards on a pair of forgettable dumpoffs over the middle. After the two minute warning, though, Daniels became Denver's biggest offensive playmaker, snagging a short pass at the right hashmark and rumbling for a 16 yard gain, then following it up with a great grab deep over the middle for 26 yards, getting Denver nearly into range for a potential game-winning field goal in just two plays. After Denver's field goal at the end of regulation missed, Daniels again came up big on the first drive of overtime with a 12-yard gain to convert 3rd-and-10 deep in their own territory, sparking a drive that eventually resulted in the winning three points.
2015 Week 17 vs SD (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
With a run-heavy gameplan and both Thomas and Sanders playing well, Owen Daniels only received a single target against the San Diego Chargers, a short pass over the middle on 3rd-and-4 that Daniels took for 15 yards.
2015 Week 20 vs NE (3 / 2 / 33 / 2 rec)
With Demaryius Thomas struggling again, the Broncos needed someone to step up and help Emmanuel Sanders. That guy ended up being Owen Daniels. It's been a quiet season for Daniels - a quiet one for the entire Denver tight end group in fact - but he came up with two huge catches in the first half of Sunday's game, both of which were touchdowns. On the first score, Daniels ran a tight end seam route, slipping behind the middle linebacker and emerging wide open as the safeties had both shifted to cover the receivers. As soon as Owens got open, quarterback Peyton Manning threw the ball to his tight end. Neither the linebacker nor the safety could correct their position in time and Owens easily caught the ball, sauntering into the end zone. The second touchdown was on a fade pass from Manning. Daniels had a step on the defender and Manning dropped the ball perfectly in Daniels hands for the score.
2014 Week 1 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels got involved late in the first half attacking the middle of the field. Daniels isn't explosive but effectively settled down in zones and showed good hands, except for his one mandatory drop every Ravens pass catcher seemed to have.
2014 Week 2 vs PIT (5 / 5 / 28 / 2 rec)
Daniels showed how he can still flash his big body in front of linebackers, make contested catches and hang on despite taking hard hits. His first touchdown reception came off a basic play action pass where he simply ran towards the corner of the end zone for an uncontested catch. Daniels followed up his easy catch with an impressive snag for a gain of 10 in tight coverage. Daniels made another catch over the middle of the field as he got behind Timmons and snagged a high pass from Flacco. He held onto the catch as the safety came in and gave him a good shot. He made a nearly identical catch a few plays later taking a shot from Polamolu and drawing a personal foul. Daniels then capped the drive with another touchdown off of play action where the Steelers simply lost track of him.
2014 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels seemed to maintain roughly the same role he had through the first 3 weeks. Replacing Pitta will come by committee. Daniels' first reception came midway through the 2nd quarter. He was set up with a tight end screen, followed his blockers well, and picked up 13 yards. Daniels followed it up with a very impressive 3rd down hands catch he extended for and snagged out of the air. Daniels made another hands catch to convert a third and 8
2014 Week 5 vs IND (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels was the Ravens most consistent offensive player against the Colts. He won his 1 on 1 matchups and made every catch he was asked to. His first was an in route that was covered initially but he did well to keep working and find open space. Daniels made a key catch on 4th down, getting behind his man up the seam. Daniels is key in attacking the middle of the field for the Ravens against pressure or in exploiting linebackers in coverage.
2014 Week 6 vs TB (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels had an end zone target bounce off his hands as he came open against zone coverage. Daniels caught his first pass on 2nd and long running a corner route. Daniels easily outran his man and caught the pass perfectly in stride up the sideline for 30 yards.
2014 Week 7 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 58 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels was an important weapon for the Ravens against the Falcons. Daniels' first reception was a tight end screen that was quickly sniffed out by Atlanta. Daniels second target he settled down right on the goal line and Flacco gunned a pass into a tight window for a touchdown. Daniels' most impressive play of the game was a seam route on 1st and 20 where he picked up 19. Daniels added 2 more nice catches on a scoring drive. The first a quick slant for 12 yards and the second a quick out for 9 more yards.
2014 Week 9 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels had a very solid return from injury and didn't look hampered by it. Daniels kept the opening drive alive with short catches over the middle of the field. The first was quick slant from Flacco. The second Daniels sat down in the zone and converted the 3rd and 5. Daniels was the Ravens best offensive weapon and picked on the Steeler's linebackers but wasn't utilized enough.
2014 Week 10 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels and Flacco weren't on the same page early. Flacco missed Daniels a couple times on intermediate routes. Daniels made his first catch in the 3rd quarter to convert an important 3rd down on an out route. Daniels caught his second pass on a Flacco roll out after the play had broken down.
2014 Week 13 vs SD (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels was minimally involved against the Chargers. Daniels got caught a screen pass on the edge and followed his blocks nicely. Daniels looked spryer than he had in previous weeks following a procedure on his knee. On Daniels' next target, Flacco missed Daniels high on a slant route. Daniels next target was another slant this time for 11 yards.
2014 Week 14 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels caught his only target of the first half beating Reshad Jones down the seam on a post route for 11 yards. Daniels beat Koa Misi on a deep crossing route for 16 yards.
2014 Week 15 vs JAX (9 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels was counted on as the primary receiver and could have had a huge game. His first target would have been good for 15 yards but Flacco overshot Daniels over the middle. Daniels did well to secure another high pass from Flacco over the middle and convert a third and short. Daniels came wide open as Flacco eluded pressure and ducked out of bounds after picking up 22 on the crossing route. Daniels came wide open again on a deep crossing route against the Jaguars linebackers who could not keep up for 29 more yards. With a better throw Daniels would have scored but Flacco came back to him the next play and capped the drive with a 3 yard touchdown. Daniels had an ugly drop on what would have a 10 yard gain on an out route. Daniels got deep behind a safety for a potential 90 yard touchdown but Flacco overthrew him by just a few feet.
2014 Week 18 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels is an important piece for the Ravens but his production is dictated by match ups and coverages since the Ravens rationally don't force him the ball. Daniels came wide open on a crossing route against zone coverage for an 18 yard gain. Flacco found Daniels again as he sat down underneath the zone coverage on a curl route and picked up 10 more yards. Daniels picked up 18 more beating Timmons with a nice route as he failed to locate the ball then missed the tackle. Daniels caught a quick crossing route and was aided by a horrible angle from Mike Mitchell allowing him to run up the sideline for 23 yards.
2014 Week 19 vs NE (11 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels had a disappointing game and didn't make the most of his opportunities. Daniels and Flacco failed to connect on his first 4 targets. The first couple were throw away passes directed at Daniels. Daniels' touchdown was an easy catch as Hightower never located the pass as he chased Daniels up the seam. Daniels had another touchdown bounced off his hands on a nearly identical play to his first score. Daniels made a key reception on 4th down beating man coverage and working back to Flacco before running up field for an 18 yard gain.
2013 Week 1 vs SD (7 / 5 / 67 / 2 rec)
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.
2013 Week 2 vs TEN (5 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)
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.
2013 Week 3 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 4 vs SEA (11 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 5 vs SF (9 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 1 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 87 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 2 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
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 wasn't a need for it on Sunday.
2012 Week 4 vs TEN (6 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)
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.
2012 Week 5 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 79 / 1 rec)
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 team's 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 haven't been able to stop opposing tight ends this season, so Daniels was another beneficiary of their obvious shortcoming.
2012 Week 6 vs GB (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 7 vs BAL (10 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)
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.
2012 Week 9 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec)
Daniels was Schaub's 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 Daniels' 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.
2012 Week 11 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 12 vs DET (8 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec)
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.
2012 Week 13 vs TEN (10 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
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 "hot" 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.
2012 Week 14 vs NE (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 15 vs IND (7 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 16 vs MIN (7 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 17 vs IND (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 18 vs CIN (11 / 9 / 91 / 0 rec)
Clearly Schaub's 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 Schaub's 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. Daniels' 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.
2012 Week 19 vs NE (15 / 9 / 81 / 0 rec)
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.
2011 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels had a quiet day as the Texans ate up the clock in the second half. Daniels was open in the end zone but Matt Schaub didn't get the ball out on his break and had to overthrow him to keep the ball out of reach of a safety.
2011 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)
Matt Schaub looked for Owen Daniels twice in the red zone, overthrowing him once on a lobbed dump off that would have resulted in a touchdown had it connected. Daniels was sometimes kept in to block as the Texans offensive line struggled in the middle of the game, but mainly he was used as a pass target. Despite being a tight end who can stretch the defense, Daniels worked short to intermediate routes for the most part.
2011 Week 3 vs NO (9 / 5 / 76 / 1 rec)
Daniels ran a mix of routes, but frequently was used in shorter routes as a relief outlet for Schaub, a change that may be due to shifting some of those targets from the running backs with Arian Foster out and Ben Tate not having filled the resulting gap. Daniels showed good run after the catch ability, bulling his way to a first down during an important fourth quarter drive. He had four red zone targets including his touchdown catch.
2011 Week 4 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec)
If Houston is going to continue to utilize Daniels as they did in this game, they may not need a #2 WR. Daniels was often detached from the offensive line and allowed to utilize his athleticism in open space. His first catch came when he was split out wide. He motioned into the slot to get a free release and ran a simple out route. Another catch he made on the first drive was an 18-yard gain on a 3rd-and-10. It's always a good sign when players are making their mark in high-leverage situations. Daniels' touchdown was much more like a traditional tight end. It came in a jumbo set on a play action. On a 3rd-and-6 from their own 19, Schaub hit Daniels for another 1st down conversion and eight yards. The very next play, he ran a beautiful flag route out of the three-point stance, beating linebacker James Farrior easily and hauling in a 30-yard gain from Schaub (Foster's 42-yard TD immediately followed). Daniels made his mark on both TD drives for Houston and is this team's #2 target. If Houston had kept the playbook open after Johnson left instead of going ultra-conservative, Daniels' day could have been even bigger.
2011 Week 5 vs OAK (11 / 7 / 89 / 0 rec)
In a look that reminded some of Daniels pre-injury 2009 season, the Texans used their tight end to run a number of deep routes up the seam and slant routes between the linebackers and safeties. In Andre Johnson's absence, Daniels was utilized more as a receiver on the run then simply an outlet pass catcher. Matt Schaub looked to him often and had no hesitation in letting Daniels fight with the Raiders defense for the ball. His best catch came on a pass up the left seam. On the play, Daniels lined up tight to the line of scrimmage and ran upfield before breaking to the right and catching the well-thrown Schaub pass. While Daniels was not a target near the goalline for Houston, he is clearly much more comfortable this season then last running routes in traffic and catching the ball amongst closing defenders.
2011 Week 6 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels had a very quiet day as Baltimore seemed to key on stopping him in the passing game with Andre Johnson out. On the Jacoby Jones touchdown reception Daniels was bracketed by four defenders. The loss of James Casey to injury may also have affected how often Daniels was kept in to pass block.
2011 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
While he didn't score, Daniels had a very productive day against the Titans. Doing most of his damage in the first half, Daniels was able to use his athleticism and big frame to make catches and bull for more yardage afterwards. He showed off his receiving skills in the early second quarter when the offense was backed up in its own end. Quarterback Matt Schaub hit him with a pass to deep left and he made a nice grab before going out of bounds. Daniels does excel more when Andre Johnson is in the lineup and pulling coverage, but with running back Arian Foster having a field day against the defense, Daniels found himself with room to move quite often on Sunday.
2011 Week 8 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Daniels was very quiet through most of the first half, but then made two key catches near the end of the half, setting up a FG attempt just before halftime. Then, on the Texans' final drive, Daniels nearly broke a long TD on a 3rd and 5 conversion, but was caught from behind by Jacksonville safety Chris Prosinski. The play ended up being the backbreaker for the Jags as RB Arian Foster would rush to a couple of first downs, setting up the FG to put the Texans up by 2 scores with only 18 seconds to play.
2011 Week 9 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Daniels led the trio of TEs in targets and receptions, but that isn't saying much as there were few of either to go around.
2011 Week 10 vs TB (3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Daniels picked up first downs on all three of his receptions which came in the first quarter and early second quarter. Afterwards he was primarily a run blocker as the Texans only threw the ball three times in the second half. Daniels had a scare as a teammate rolled into his leg, but he returned to the game after trainers took a look at his right knee.
2011 Week 12 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Only looked at once by Matt Leinart, the tight end suddenly became active with TJ Yates under center. Daniels had a 24 yard reception to give Houston a first and goal in the two minute drill, though a penalty later forced them to settle for a field goal. Several of Daniels' targets were with a defender tight on him and little chance to make the catch.
2011 Week 13 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Daniels chipped in with three catches against the Falcons. Houston had a number of packages featuring Daniels and Joel Dreessen on the same side of the field. Daniels also spent ample time in-line as a blocker as the Texans worked to keep the pass rush off of TJ Yates and open rushing lanes for Arian Foster. Daniels stat line was not nearly as impressive as his overall game, wherein he played a vital role in helping the Texans establish the run and protect their rookie quarterback.
2011 Week 14 vs CIN (10 / 7 / 100 / 0 rec)
Daniels seems to be Yates favorite target with Andre Johnson out. He was thrown to consistently throughout the game, mostly on shorter routes. Daniels ran very well after the catch and turned several short passes into longer games. One of his best plays he slowed as he cut through the gap in a zone, giving Yates more time to hit him and then continuing up field for a big gain.
2011 Week 15 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels, after connecting well with Yates last week, started off by dropping an easy pass. His only catches came on crossing routes, a staple of the Texans offense. Daniels can be a key cog in the Texans passing attack for the remainder of the season, but Yates must be more willing to challenge different levels of the defense.
2011 Week 16 vs IND (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
A game time decision because of a hyper-extended knee injury, Daniels was only targeted in the first quarter. Though he played in two tight end sets, backup tight end Joel Dreessen saw the field for many of the one tight end formations that would normally have gone to Daniels.
2011 Week 18 vs CIN (6 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Daniels was back to his reliable self against the Bengals. He primarily ran go routes between the hashmarks and quick-outs. Daniels only had two receptions but he was able to draw lots of coverage from the Cincinatti linebackers which opened up rushing lanes for Arian Foster and space for Andre Johnson to the outside. Daniels best catch came early in the first quarter. On the play, he lined up split to the right and ran a deep cross. TJ Yates found Daniels between two defenders and delivered a hard pass to his tight end. The catch picked up a first down and also drew a personal foul for a helmet to helmet hit to gain extra yardage. On the next play, Arian Foster scored the Texans first touchdown. Daniels also made a tough 8 yard catch to pick up a first down in the 2nd quarter. On the play, He released slowly from the line to the middle of the field. TJ Yates threw the ball low but Daniels was able to receive it cleanly and extend the drive. Marvin Lewis challenged the play but it was ruled a catch.
2011 Week 19 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels, despite playing with a hand injury, made a wonderful catch on a seam route to help out his quarterback - his only catch of the day. Daniels' blocking was above average. He often sealed off the edge and allowed Foster to get the corner. Daniels' lack of targets by Yates was a surprise.
2010 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Daniels had only one reception in week 1. He played the whole game despite Texans' coach Gary Kubiak stating he would be limited as he continues to recover from last fall's ACL surgery. Daniels primarily stayed in on the line to help block for the Texans' running game. On his reception, Daniels popped out from the line and made an easy catch before being pushed out of bounds. He looked crisp on his routes although he didn't have much chance to show if his speed and quickness have returned from the injury.
2010 Week 2 vs WAS (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Daniels pulled in two passes for first downs on play action and bootleg plays but was not a big part of the offense.
2010 Week 3 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Daniels still seems tentative in his route running. While his cuts are crisp, his speed is clearly lacking. Further compounding the problem and resulting in low production for Daniels is the fact that the Texans recent success running the ball has Daniels staying at the line of scrimmage as an in-line blocker instead of splitting out wide to run a pass route. Furthermore, the emergence of Jacoby Jones (who is inarguably faster then Daniels) as a possession type of receiver means that Daniels' role could continue to be more as a blocker then as a pass catcher for the foreseeable future. To that end, Daniels is an effective blocker as he is still quick enough pull in run blocking and strong enough to force the end outside. All of Daniels catches came on either quick slants or outlet routes between the hash marks and for short distances. He was not targeted at all down the seam (his most productive route in 2009) nor on any out patterns, which was a favorite target of Matt Schaub's in 2009.
2010 Week 4 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
For the third week in a row, Daniels was kept in at the line of scrimmage to block. The Texans appear committed to having a strong presence in the trenches to protect quarterback Matt Schaub and establish the running game. As a result, Daniels is seeing fewer and fewer targets as the season wears on. Schaub did try and target Daniels on two successive plays in the third quarter, but both were on short passes. Daniels was also targeted deep down the seam (his favorite route last season) but the pass was incomplete. At present, it appears the Joel Dreessen is the tight end most likely to run a variety of routes while Daniels is primarily a blocker and check down option.
2010 Week 5 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Since he returned from injury, Daniels has seemed to struggle, but Sunday he looked a lot closer to his old self. He made several long, tough catches, often in the middle of the field and often resulting in his being hit hard by a Giants defensive player. While he, like the rest of the offense, was locked down for most of the night, Daniels looked healthier and was more effective then he has been. In a very negative game, Daniels seemed to be a positive that perhaps the team can hang it's hat on a little bit.
2010 Week 6 vs KC (7 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
On Sunday against the Chiefs Owen Daniels finally looked like the tight end he was in 2009. Daniels was leaned on often by quarterback Matt Schaub, particularly in the second half as the Texans mounted their comeback. The biggest difference for Daniels was the routes he was assigned. In the first 5 games of the season, Daniels was tasked with running simple curls and out routes as an outlet for Matt Schaub if no other options presented themselves. Sunday against the Chief, Daniels was sent all over the field, including on deep patterns. His best sequence of the game came in the fourth quarter with the Texans down 10 points. Daniels caught a quick pass up the seam for a gain of 24 yards and followed that with a quick out for 27 yards on the very next play. Daniels has yet to score a touchdown this season but his game on Sunday was easily his best of the year. He looked comfortable in his routes, made crisp cuts in his routes, and appeared to get to full speed very quickly.
2010 Week 8 vs IND (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Daniels was a complete non-factor in this game. He still cannot possibly be healthy, because even though he is playing, he doesn't look like the same player as he was in 2009. Schaub really needs someone else to step up, but Daniels was unable to do anything at all in this one.
2010 Week 14 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec)
After a month of inactivity to go with a season of mediocrity, Daniels returned to the field with a bang. Aside from Andre Johnson, Daniels was Matt Schaub's go-to receiver in the first three quarters of the game. Daniels was targeted more then 20 yards downfield on five occasions (two passes were completed). The Texans' clearly had no reservations about sending him on long routes and Matt Schaub did his best to find him. Unfortunately, Daniels was the target on Schaub's first interception that set up an eventual Derrick Mason touchdown. Daniels' wasn't asked to cut on many of his routes so it was hard to gauge his agility. That said, his speed certainly looked up to par as he blew by the Baltimore linebackers with ease on each of his deep routes.
2010 Week 15 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Daniels looked strong powering over a defender after the catch on a 23 yard catch over the middle, which should be all you need to know about his continuing recovery from ACL surgery. Schaub seemed to look his way more often later in the game, and while his stats were similar to that of fellow TE Joel Dreessen, Daniels got a few more looks, and is the one more capable of turning an ordinary catch into a big play. Daniels was also interfered with on a play that could have been a TD, so a bigger day was there.
2010 Week 16 vs DEN (14 / 8 / 73 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels is an underrated part of this passing game. He was a consistent threat on the underneath routes today, mainly shallow crosses and quick hitch passes. Daniels caught a pass as the hot receiver early and took it 31 yards as the Broncos sent an aggressive blitz at Schaub. Daniels caught a touchdown pass on the goal line as Schaub rolled out and found a wide open Daniels. Daniels may not be the most exciting tight end in the NFL, but he has as reliable a set of hands as you can get and Schaub trusts him.
2010 Week 17 vs JAX (5 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
Daniels appears to be back to full health after tearing his ACL midway through the 2009 season. He had 5 receptions and a touchdown against the Jaguars as the Texans finished the season on a positive note. In the final three games of the year, Daniels posted 17 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Earlier in the season, Daniels had given up downfield routes to Joel Dreessen, likely owing to speed problems as his knee recovered. In the season's final three weeks, it was Daniels (and not Dreessen) running the most dangerous route in the Texans passing arsenal; the go route down the seam. Daniels was fantastic against the Jaguars in setting up his man at the line of scrimmage and then exploding in to his route, either the aforementioned go pattern down the field or a quick slant in open space. Daniels' overall season was a bit up and down. Despite being active at the beginning of the year he didn't find his stride until the final three weeks of the season. Regardless, Daniels still finished the season with 38 receptions for 471 yards and two touchdowns in limited action.
2009 Week 1 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Daniels never broke free on downfield routes. The one catch he did make downfield was threaded in between two defenders by Schaub. He did get some short targets, but he was tackled immediately. Daniels looked very average athletically compared to Dustin Keller.
2009 Week 2 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels continues to impress; when the Texans offense is clicking, he produces on par with the best tight ends in the league. On Sunday in Nashville, Daniels turned 8 targets (he also had 8 against the Jets in week 1) in to 6 receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Daniels is looked upon often by Schaub at the goalline and down the seam. While the Texans have worked to keep Andre Johnson either near the sidelines or on deeper routes, Daniels is very comfortable going across the middle with linebackers in coverage. Daniels long reception of 33 yards shows that the Texans aren't afraid to send him long.
2009 Week 3 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)
Owen Daniels finished the day against the Jaguars with 5 receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown. Daniels continues to be targeted often on short passes on third down. He also is running a lot of routes down the middle of the field between the hashmarks. Daniels had 7 targets on the day. Kicker
2009 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels finished the game against the Raiders with two receptions for 48 yards (long of 44) and was otherwise not a factor in the passing game. The long reception came on a deep pass down the seam on a play similar to one that resulted in an incompletion to Daniels in the first quarter. After the completion, Schaub attempted one more short pass to Daniels before turning to other receivers for the rest of the day.
2009 Week 5 vs ARI (10 / 8 / 94 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels was targeted on a number of three step drops for short gains against the Cardinals. With the exception of one completion on a deep ball and one incompletion on a deep pass, Daniels was targeted when the Cardinals had rolled an extra defender to both Kevin Walter and Andre Johnson, leaving the short-field between the hashmarks open for Daniels. Daniels' quickness was a difficult matchup for the Cardinals linebackers. Unfortunately, he was unable to gain much yardage after the catch on his short receptions. Daniels was kept in close to the offensive line on most of Steve Slaton's interior runs but was unable to help the Texans get much push at the line of scrimmage.
2009 Week 6 vs CIN (9 / 7 / 78 / 2 rec)
The Bengals blew coverage on Daniels repeatedly on misdirection and play action and Matt Schaub took full advantage. Daniels showed great hands, including on a diving, one-handed touchdown catch. He was also able to accelerate away from Cincinnati linebackers on multiple occasions to gain separation.
2009 Week 7 vs SF (9 / 7 / 123 / 1 rec)
Daniels had another great game, challenging the 49ers linebackers in coverage and usually winning the battle. He finished the day with 123 yards on 7 receptions to go with a 42 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Daniels was most effective between the hashmarks on Sunday, with quarterback Matt Schaub looking for him deep down the middle of the field on 4 separate occasions. Daniels also provided key run blocking for Steve Slaton despite Slaton's modest gains. When Andre Johnson left the game due to injury in the 4th quarter, Matt Schaub quickly turned to Daniels, who he targeted 4 times on the very next series. Daniels is clearly option 1A for Matt Schaub an should continue performing as a top-tier tight end for the foreseeable future.
2009 Week 8 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Daniels breakout campaign looks like it has come to a sudden end thanks to a severe injury to his right knee. Prior to sustaining the injury Daniels was involved in the offense gaining 22 yards on his lone catch. Keep an eye on reports regarding his injury as the week progresses, but it looks like he out for the season. Also, keep in mind that Daniels is not under contract for 2010 as of now.
2008 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Daniels saw his lone target midway in the second quarter, a ten yard pass. Daniels saw the rest of his targets during garbage time targets late in the fourth quarter when the outcome was well decided. He did not look to be the primary receiver and got his chances after Schaub was checking down.
2008 Week 3 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
The most reliable receiver for the Texans was Owen Daniels. He was able to haul in four of his six targets. His two longest receptions were on designed plays where Schaub would roll out to his right and hit Daniels on a designed screen. Daniels would be wide open and then turn up field and gain a lot of yards after the catch.
2008 Week 4 vs JAX (10 / 7 / 87 / 0 rec)
Daniels and Schaub were in sync throughout the game, with Daniels running excellent routes, and showing good running ability after the catch several times. He ran a variety of routes, and was the primary receiving option on most of his targets. Daniels continued to prove he is more than a possession receiver by running several routes that were designed for big gains, and only excellent help by the Jaguars' secondary prevented him from having even bigger numbers.
2008 Week 5 vs IND (8 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Daniels was the number two option in the Texans passing attack. He caught his first pass then experienced problems with the next two balls as he dropped one and was unable to come up with a low pass on the very next play. Either of those receptions could have resulted in first down yardage. He did redeem himself by not dropping a single pass the rest of the game.
2008 Week 6 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec)
Daniels use as a receiving threat was a bit of a secret weapon for the Texans. He was used effectively early on (60 yards in the first half) then safely put away until they needed him again, in this case a clutch first down catch on a late scoring drive.
2008 Week 7 vs DET (8 / 6 / 66 / 2 rec)
Daniels was a big part of the game plan against the Lions. He was targeted eight times and finished with six receptions for 66 yards and touchdown receptions of one and two yards. Daniels was targeted on early downs, third downs, in the red zone and on deep patterns downfield and he responded with a productive game.
2008 Week 8 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Daniels caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 21 yards.
2008 Week 9 vs MIN (13 / 11 / 133 / 0 rec)
Owen Daniels was the star of the day for the Texans. He caught the ball from the slot, wideout, tight-end, and in motion. He was a focal point for the offense. He did not get targeted in the endzone but that would have been the icing on a great day. Daniels ran over defenders and fought for the ball to get every catch and every yard. He even had one catch that he had to slide down to get.
2008 Week 10 vs BAL (5 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
While Daniels wasn't QB Sage Rosenfels' favorite target overall, he certainly seemed to be Rosenfels preferred option once the Texans managed to get in the red zone. While that might bode well for Daniels in future games while Rosenfels fills in for the injured Matt Schaub, it unfortunately didn't do much for Daniels today. None of those red zone targets ended in completions, and Daniels only pulled down one catch all day for a measly 13 yards.
2008 Week 11 vs IND (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Daniels was never able to get on track against the Colts as he was asked to help his linemen block. He did suffer from some bad luck as he was unable to come down with a high pass on his first target, but they came right back to him on the next play. He hauled that pass while running a crossing route, but was tripped up by the defender or else he would have had an excellent chance to score. His two targets in the second half were also both of Rosenfels incompletions.
2008 Week 12 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Daniels had a fairly quiet day, only receiving four targets from Rosenfels. He did not get involved in the game early and it seemed like the Browns always had their eyes on him to try to prevent that.
2008 Week 13 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Daniels averaged 12.5 yards on two catches and was the intended receiver in the end zone on a botched field goal attempt.
2008 Week 14 vs GB (6 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)
Daniels tied for the team lead with six catches. Daniels nearly had a touchdown, but fumbled on his way into the end zone in the second quarter.
2008 Week 15 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Daniels was the secondary option on most pass plays, and the player that Schaub looked to when an important play involving tough yards was needed. He did most of his damage on crossing routes over the middle and was able to get the offense into manageable third down situations.
2008 Week 16 vs OAK (8 / 7 / 111 / 0 rec)
Daniels caught seven of the eight passes thrown his way for 111 yards. He led the Texans in targets, and five of his receptions resulted in first downs.
2008 Week 17 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Daniels was utilized mostly on short routes, but gained most of his yards on a deep pass thrown to him. Four of his targets were in the second half.
2007 Week 1 vs KC (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
A lot is expected of Owen Daniels this year and he should have much bigger games in the weeks ahead. In this game, he caught the only pass that came his way.
2007 Week 2 vs CAR (7 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Daniels had five catches for 58 yards. Four of his five catches went for first downs. His other catch would have been a first down but he fumbled on the play. His knee was close enough to the ground that Houston challenged the play. The play was reviewed and upheld. Owens came back a couple of drives later and made a nice catch on a fourth and four play. His catch continued the drive that ended in Houston's second touchdown.
2007 Week 3 vs IND (7 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)
Daniels was the primary target for Matt Schaub. He was consistently open over the middle and provided an excellent target when Schaub was in trouble. Daniels was tackled just short of the end zone on his last catch of the game, leading to the second Texan touchdown.
2007 Week 4 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
Daniels ran good short and intermediate routes and continued to display an affinity for getting open in traffic. The two targets he did not catch were overthrown.
2007 Week 5 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 96 / 0 rec)
Daniels had the best game statistically for the Texans, catching six passes for 96 yards on seven targets. He seemed to be wide open on most of his receptions and also seems to have a nice chemistry working with QB Matt Schaub.
2007 Week 6 vs JAX (9 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Daniels continues to be a key element in the Houston passing attack. His 79 receiving yards was second on the team to Kevin Walter.
2007 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Daniels didn't catch his first pass until late in the fourth quarter and didn't really factor into the passing game. He had two receptions for 20 yards.
2007 Week 8 vs SD (6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Daniels was frequently targeted throughout the game, dropping one easy pass early in the first half but hauling in most everything else. He appeared to be on his way towards picking up some extra garbage time yards late in the fourth quarter. But he apparently turned an ankle while blocking on a run play and was seen having his lower leg looked at on the sideline. He didn't appear to be in a lot of pain and his name didn't show up in the postgame recap, so it shouldn't be an issue going forward.
2007 Week 9 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
On the first drive of the game Owen Daniels had the ball poked away by DB Michael Huff, but luckily the Texans recovered. Later, Daniels took a big hit from DB Stuart Schweigert but appeared fine. Daniels was Sage Rosenfels' most reliable receiver in the victory.
2007 Week 11 vs NO (5 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
Daniels overcame fumbling the ball on his first catch and posted very good numbers. He had a good rapport with Schaub, and was able to get open on several intermediate routes, then showed very good running after the catch abilities. He was not targeted in the second half.
2007 Week 12 vs CLE (9 / 7 / 82 / 1 rec)
Daniels benefited from Andre Johnson's struggles, often becoming the primary receiving option on pass plays. His six yard touchdown catch was a tough grab over the middle of the field. Daniels did have a key fumble in the game one that turned the ball over on the Cleveland 39 yard line and killed another Houston drive.
2007 Week 13 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Daniels had only one catch until late in the third quarter, as he was forced to stay back on blocking assignments, or was sidelined in favor of blocking tight ends for much of the afternoon.
2007 Week 14 vs TB (5 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)
Daniel received five targets, and was able to come down with three receptions for 20 yards that included a four yard touchdown reception.
2007 Week 15 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Daniels was a strong target over the middle for QB Sage Rosenfels. The Broncos had some trouble bringing the big tight end down as Daniels was able to break or avoid tackles to gain extra yardage after the catch on a few occasions. Each of Daniels' catches went for a first down.
2007 Week 16 vs IND (8 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Daniels was busy, though it isn't necessarily reflected in the numbers. He dropped two very catchable passes, a surprise for the normally sure-handed tight end. He did manage a very nice grab on a low diving pass over the middle in the first half, a play that was challenged but ultimately upheld. As he fell to the ground, he somehow kept his hands under the football despite the ball being pinned against his upper arm for a very tough catch. Daniels was later targeted in the end zone by Rosenfels, but the ball was thrown into far too much coverage and was easily intercepted by Melvin Bullitt.
2007 Week 17 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
Daniels, like most of the receivers did not have many opportunities due to the Texans' reliance on the running game. He did however catch one of his targets for a touchdown.
2006 Week 1 vs PHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Daniels was targeted just one time in the home opener for the Texans, but was unable to make the completion.
2006 Week 2 vs IND (5 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Daniels showed very good speed for a man his size, scoring on a 33 yard TD strike in early fourth quarter. He has very good hands, but needs work on his blocking. Daniels is obviously ahead of Putzier on the depth chart for now.
2006 Week 3 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
The rookie from Wisconsin caught Carr's second touchdown pass on a classic Denver play, the tight end delay. His score in the fourth quarter cut the Redskins' lead to 31 to 15 with 12:21 to play.
2006 Week 4 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Daniels had a few solid games to start the year, but he was shut out against the Dolphins and did not have a pass thrown to him.
2006 Week 6 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Daniels showed very good speed for a man his size, scoring on a 33 yard TD strike in early fourth quarter. He has very good hands, but needs work on his blocking. Daniels is obviously ahead of Putzier on the depth chart for now.
2006 Week 7 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)
Daniels caught two of the three passes thrown to him, including a 14 yard touchdown pass where he was wide open after a fake to the running back.
2006 Week 8 vs TEN (11 / 9 / 99 / 2 rec)
Owens had a tremendous day as he finished with 99 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He was David Carr's favorite target in the first half with six targets and had four receptions for 43 yards by halftime. He had an even bigger second half as he a caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Sage Rosenfels in the fourth quarter. His longest reception was a 25 yard pass that was ruled down on the one yard line because his knee hit the ground before the ball crossed the goal line. But on the next play Owens got his touchdown as Rosenfels hit him on a one yard pass. Owens added a second touchdown on a two yard pass with two minutes in the game.
2006 Week 9 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Daniels caught three passes for 34 yards. Carr only looked his way five times this week. On both of Houston's scoring drives, Daniels caught passes on third down to extend the drive. Daniels had scored touchdowns in his previous two games. In this game, Houston only got into the red zone once but Carr took it upon himself to get in the end zone.
2006 Week 10 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Daniels led the Texans with four receptions. His catches went for eight, 12, 21, and 14 yards. Daniels had what appeared to be another reception and fumble that went out of bounds, but the play was ruled as an incomplete pass.
2006 Week 11 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Daniels only saw one target on the day. He made the catch for a ten yard gain and a first down.
2006 Week 12 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
Daniels had five catches for 34 yards. He had two catches that resulted in first downs. On Houston's field goal drive, Daniels got called for a 15 yard Illegal crack back block. The Texans overcame the penalty and continued the drive for a field goal.
2006 Week 13 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Daniels was targeted once in the second half.
2006 Week 14 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Daniels caught passes of nine and 16 yards. He was open for another potential big gain, but David Carr overthrew him on the play.
2006 Week 15 vs NE (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Daniels' first target came at the end of the first half. His other target was Carr's final interception at the start of the fourth quarter.