The Houston Texans second and third string players put up a good effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Reliant Stadium Thursday. While there were many of mishaps, the Texans were able to salvage a first half beating into a 24-17 loss.
In the first half, the Texans had zero points, 46-yards rushing, 113-yards passing (159 total yards) for 9 first downs. Orlovsky threw bonehead two interceptions to the same safety. , 2 dan orlovsky interceptions, 0 pts. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, produced 56-yards rushing with rookie Kareem Huggins, 96-yards passing for 9 first downs and 17 points.
Kicker Kris Brown helped the Texans make their decision after he missed a 56-yard kick with :04 seconds on the clock. The first half also brought great showings from the players you’re beginning to expect to show up: Earl Mitchell, Darryl Sharpton, Troy Nolan.
James Casey also had a great game and proved very reliable, although he missed a one-handed fingertip grab that would have been a touchdown. On a down note, third string running back Jeremiah Johnson strained his big right toe.
In the second half, running back Chris Henry showed his aggressiveness and ability to square up downfield and take off. He finished with 15 carries for 50 yards. Third string quarterback John David Booty was fighting for his job, and he put up a great effort tonight.
Booty had his misunderstood routes, but he was able to connect on accurate passes to tight ends Garret Graham and Derek Fine, who scored his first touchdown of the preseason. Booty was also able to hit receivers Bobby Williams for a touchdown and Dorin Dickerson for the preseason’s best catch yet. Williams’ touchdown was a vertical route right along the sideline for the touchdown.
Dickerson’s catch was a one-handed grab in coverage along the sidelines, showing Dickerson’s ability to separate from the coverage, even when its an arm’s length extension. The Texans attempted to push for overtime, while their defense really applied the pressure to the Buccaneers in the fourth, only allowing seven points in the quarter.
However, the Texans offense wasn’t able to push in a score from the Buc’s 40 yard line with a 1:40 remaining on the clock. Overall, it was a good second half and the third string offense definitely outplayed the Texans second team players tonight.
The two players who draw the most attention heading into Saturday’s roster trim are kickers Kris Brown and Neil Rackers. The kickers’ preseason stats ended with Rackers outing Brown by one kick:
Rackers: 5/5 FGM/FGA and 3/3 XP. Rackers made a 52 yarder.
Brown: 4/5 FGM/FGA and 3/3 XP. He missed a 56 yarder.