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Silver Oak
04-26-2009, 06:47 PM
Couldn't find an existing thread, so I thought we could start one and we could post as the Texans begin signing them.

Xcellerator
04-26-2009, 07:10 PM
Hope we get a RB in the UDFA, preferably Rashad Jennings.

Nvm. Damn jags...
Kory Sheets?

rmartin65
04-26-2009, 07:37 PM
Lets do this. I want to see legit people here. RB's especially.

TexansSeminole
04-26-2009, 07:48 PM
When does this start?

IlliniJen
04-26-2009, 07:51 PM
When does this start?

Coaches start calling these kids before the draft is even over.

Mari-OWNED!
04-26-2009, 07:57 PM
Some running backs to look at...

Ian Johnson, Boise State
Kory Sheets, Purdue
Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico
Herb Donaldson, Western Illinois
Marlon Lucky, Nebraska

TexansSeminole
04-26-2009, 07:59 PM
I really hope we get a decent RB and Graham Gano as a UDFA.

Hookem Horns
04-26-2009, 08:01 PM
What about Graham Harrell? Before Tech was exposed by OU he was all the rage. Actually I am very surprised he was not drafted.

Imatexanfan
04-26-2009, 08:04 PM
What about Graham Harrell? Before Tech was exposed by OU he was all the rage. Actually I am very surprised he was not drafted.

thats wut i wuz thinkin' i figured somebody would've 'em up....

m5kwatts
04-26-2009, 08:06 PM
Ian Johnson ran in a ZBS all throughout college....low mileage.....can catch the ball (3rd down back?), has adequate speed i think this is a fit

rarazz00
04-26-2009, 08:16 PM
So we pick at 15(UDFA)? How many UDFA's can Kubiak call to try out? Someone please fill me in...thanks:jogger:

rmartin65
04-26-2009, 08:19 PM
So we pick at 15(UDFA)? How many UDFA's can Kubiak call to try out? Someone please fill me in...thanks:jogger:

I think you can get as many as you want, providing they agree to sign with you. The Texans historically dont pick up that many, 5-7 sounds about right. I am hoping for the 12-15 range.

kiwitexansfan
04-26-2009, 08:24 PM
So we pick at 15(UDFA)? How many UDFA's can Kubiak call to try out? Someone please fill me in...thanks:jogger:

Faster fingers win on this one.

Call them up, promise them the world, pay the pennies and get them to sign the fax.

Silver Oak
04-26-2009, 08:25 PM
draftdaddy doesn't have any news yet...although they also have our home field as being "Ralph Wilson Stadium". :um:

http://www.draftdaddy.com/teams/HOU.htm

kiwitexansfan
04-26-2009, 08:29 PM
I find THIS (http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl) site to be really good for tracking UDFAs.

Already getting some reports coming in, nothing for the Texans yet.

threetoedpete
04-26-2009, 08:30 PM
Some running backs to look at...

Ian Johnson, Boise State
Kory Sheets, Purdue
Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico
Herb Donaldson, Western Illinois
Marlon Lucky, Nebraska

http://www.gbnreport.com/updatedtop100.html

Hardcore Texan
04-26-2009, 08:42 PM
Ian Johnson ran in a ZBS all throughout college....low mileage.....can catch the ball (3rd down back?), has adequate speed i think this is a fit

This is who I hope the Texans pick up!

HouSportsWriter
04-26-2009, 08:47 PM
SIGN ian!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Astroz
04-26-2009, 08:53 PM
http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=322205

I know it's a different forum, but this is a great thread.

We already got a good looking OT IMO, 3rd -4th round projection on Draftcountdown and my sporting news guide.

CloakNNNdagger
04-26-2009, 09:00 PM
So we pick at 15(UDFA)? How many UDFA's can Kubiak call to try out? Someone please fill me in...thanks:jogger:

The calls are unlimited. The picks are limited to the team roster limit.

Wolf
04-26-2009, 09:02 PM
http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=322205

I know it's a different forum, but this is a great thread.

We already got a good looking OT IMO, 3rd -4th round projection on Draftcountdown and my sporting news guide.

from the thread(haven't seen official yet)

Houston Texans
Jason Watkins, OT, Florida
Douglas Dedrick, OL, Iowa St

rmartin65
04-26-2009, 09:35 PM
This site is pretty good http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signings-list.html

We have signed OT Jason Watkins from Florida

Damn, look at the Jags... And they got Ittersagen, one of my favorite sleepers.

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 09:46 PM
The Jags got kyle Bell from Colorado State 6'2" 234lbs.

Hottoddie
04-26-2009, 09:47 PM
The Texans need to bring in Chris Baker (DT) & Phillip Hunt (DE) & take a look at them.

I see Alex Boone didn't get drafted. Wasn't he projected to be a 1st to early 2nd round pick last year? What happened?

New_Texans
04-26-2009, 09:49 PM
Ian Johnson ran in a ZBS all throughout college....low mileage.....can catch the ball (3rd down back?), has adequate speed i think this is a fit

Low Mileage? Hes had a significant injuries throughout his career. How come Cushing is called injury prone and Johnson somehow isnt?

Positives: Very good vision. Anticipates the hole and attacks it. Runs a bit high, but lowers his shoulders around defenders and isn't afraid of contact. Keeps his legs driving to fight for the tough yards, but is more of a finesse runner whose lateral quickness and quick acceleration generates the bulk of his production. Slippery runner who breaks a lot of tackles. Deceptive speed for his upright running style and has quick acceleration. May lack elite breakaway speed, but gets to top speed quickly and can separate from the initial wave of defenders to gain yardage in chunks. Developing receiver who catches the ball cleanly and quickly turns upfield.

Negatives: Staggering sophomore production influenced by Boise State's offense. Unusual build for a running back, as Johnson has narrow shoulders and hips. Lacks elite timed speed. Runs a bit upright, leading to unnecessary punishment. Struggled with injuries as a sophomore and junior, leading to a decrease in playing time and raising questions about his durability. Has missed all or significant portions of games throughout his career due to a variety of injuries, including a punctured lung, bruised kidneys and torn knee ligaments. Will need an extensive medical check.

Revolution
04-26-2009, 09:50 PM
What about Graham Harrell? Before Tech was exposed by OU he was all the rage. Actually I am very surprised he was not drafted.

Carolina Panthers signed him as UDFA...

TexansFanatic
04-26-2009, 09:50 PM
Ian Johnson ran in a ZBS all throughout college....low mileage.....can catch the ball (3rd down back?), has adequate speed i think this is a fit

Holy cow! I just watched this guy's video on youtube. He's a perfect fit!

Go get him, Rick!!!

m5kwatts
04-26-2009, 09:50 PM
Low Mileage? Hes had a significant injuries throughout his career. How come Cushing is injury prone and Johnson isnt?

I don't think Cushing is injury prone when did I say that....and I said Johnson has low mileage meaning he hasn't had a full workload in 2 years he's split carries

Texan JBZ
04-26-2009, 09:51 PM
Kory Sheets is off of the board. He's a 9er.

RTP2110
04-26-2009, 09:57 PM
AFC East
Patriots
S Marcus McClinton (Kentucky)
CB Jamar LOve (Arkansas)
QB Brian Hoyer (Michigan St.

Dolphins
TE Jared Bronson (Central Washington)
OG Mark Lewis (Oregon)

Jets
TE Andrew Davie (Arkansas)
DL Matt Kroul (Jets)
P T.J. Conley (Idaho)
TE Robert Myers (Utah State).

Bills
DL David Lindquist (Illinois)

AFC West
Chiefs
DE Pierre Walters (Eastern Illinois)

Chargers
LB Darry Beckwith (LSU)
OL Ryan McDonald (Illinois)
WR Charly Martin (West Texas A&M)
OT Sam Allen (Grand Valley St.)
OT Dan Guy IV (Baylor)
LB James Holt (Kansas)

Raiders

Broncos
DL Everette Pedescleaux (Northern Iowa)
CB Dominique Johnson (Jackson St)
WR Lucas Taylor (Tennessee)


AFC North
Steelers
LS Mark Estermyer (Pittsburgh)
OT Ramon Foster (Tennessee)
S Derrick Richardson (New Mexico St.)
QB Mike Reilly (Central Washington)

Ravens
QB Drew Willy (Buffalo)

Browns
WR Jordan Norwood (Penn St.)

Bengals
DL Dan Skuta (Grand Valley St.)
FB Chris Pressley (Wisconsin)

AFC South
Colts
DT Pat Kuntz (Notre Dame)
OT Cornelius Lewis (Tenn St.)

Jaguars
WR Jason English (Tuskegee)
CB Peter Ittersagen (Wheaton)
DE Jeremy Navarre (Maryland)
QB Tyler Lorenzen (Uconn)
DE Julius Williams (UConn)
QB Michael Desormeaux (UL)
RB Kyle Bell (Colorado St.)

Texans
OT Jason Watkins (Florida)

Titans
WR Dudley Guice (NW State)

NFC East
Giants
DE Maurice Evans (Penn State)

Eagles

Redskins
QB Chase Daniel (Missouri)
OT Scott Burley (Maryland)
DE Derek Walker (Illinois)
WR Josh Briscoe (Tennessee)
C Edwin Wiliams (MDU)

Cowboys
WR Kevin Ogletree (Virginia)

NFC West
Seahawks

49ers
DE Pannel Egboh (Stanford)
CB Jahi Word-Daniels (Georgia Tech)
RB Kory Sheets (Purdue)

Cardinals
WR Justin Brown (Hampton)
DB Michael Ray Garvin (FSU)
WR Shane Morales (Oregon St.)

Rams
OG Roger Allen (Missouri Western)
OT Phil Trautwein (Florida)
SS Mark Rubin (Penn State)

NFC North
Bears
WR Eric Peterman (Northwestern)
S Dahana Deletson (UConn)

Packers
WR Andy Brodell (Iowa)
RB Tyrell Sutton (Northwestern)
WR Kole Heckendorf (North Dakota State)
TE Carson Butler (Michigan)

Vikings
S DeVon Hall (Utah State)
LB Andy Schantz (Portland State)

Lions
DT John Gill (Northwestern)

NFC South
Bucs
OL Rob Bruggeman (Iowa)

Falcons
LB Brock Christopher (Missouri)
WR Aaron Kelly (Clemson)

Panthers
LB Anthony Heygood (Purdue)
QB Graham Harrell (Texas Tech)
OL Keith Grey (UConn)
OT Gerald Cadogan (Penn St.)

rmartin65
04-26-2009, 10:10 PM
Tim Jamison, DE, Michigan

bah007
04-26-2009, 10:13 PM
The Texans need to bring in Chris Baker (DT) & Phillip Hunt (DE) & take a look at them.

I see Alex Boone didn't get drafted. Wasn't he projected to be a 1st to early 2nd round pick last year? What happened?

Boone is reportedly an alcoholic.

ArlingtonTexan
04-26-2009, 10:15 PM
Tim Jamison, DE, Michigan

Is this a rumored signing or a guy you are wishing for?

rmartin65
04-26-2009, 10:18 PM
Is this a rumored signing or a guy you are wishing for?

Rumored. From two places, so I trust it.

Wolf
04-26-2009, 10:21 PM
rmartin got it..


Texans | Jamison agrees to terms
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Sun, 26 Apr 2009 18:57:20 -0700

The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free-agent DE Tim Jamison (Michigan). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.



http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl

False Start
04-26-2009, 10:22 PM
I would also like the team to find another running back. I just don't like the idea of having to rely on Chris Brown... :headhurts:

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 10:25 PM
The Vikings got Ian Johnson. http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signings-list.html

DerekLee1
04-26-2009, 10:37 PM
What about Graham Harrell? Before Tech was exposed by OU he was all the rage. Actually I am very surprised he was not drafted.

I want to see the Texans sign him and let him compete with Alex Brink for the 3rd spot.

bah007
04-26-2009, 10:42 PM
I want to see the Texans sign him and let him compete with Alex Brink for the 3rd spot.

His arm just isn't strong enough for the NFL.

I recently saw video of him trying to throw on the run at the combine. It was awful. Looked like a bunch of wounded ducks struggling to float 20 yards downfield. That's what killed him.

Good luck to him with Carolina though.

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 10:43 PM
Sweet we got Arian Foster from Tennessee http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signings-list.html .

TexansFanatic
04-26-2009, 10:43 PM
the vikings got ian johnson. http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signings-list.html

dammit!!!

TEXANRED
04-26-2009, 10:47 PM
Anybody know anything about Arian Foster?

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 10:48 PM
http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=1172341

Hoss
04-26-2009, 10:48 PM
Is that RB from Oregon still Avail.?

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 10:49 PM
Sorry about that posted wrong link here you go Foster info http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=8&c=1&nid=3708234&yr=2009 .

bah007
04-26-2009, 10:50 PM
Is that RB from Oregon still Avail.?

Jeremiah Johnson?

WolverineFan
04-26-2009, 10:51 PM
Foster is a decent sized back from Tennessee. He was a lot bigger when he was playing, but apparently dropped about 10 lbs during the time between the end of the season and the combine. He was a pretty good player as a young guy and probably suffered more from the lack of talent on the Tennessee roster than anything else.

Anyway if it is true that we got him then I love it because we need another body on the depth chart at RB. 3 would just not cut it.

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 10:55 PM
According to the above linked site Jerimiah Johnson has not signed or been claimed by anyone. Also they list the Jags as signing 18 UDFA opposed to our 3.

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 10:57 PM
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/3/24/805909/rb-arian-foster-tennessee here is more info about Foster.

bah007
04-26-2009, 10:58 PM
According to the above linked site Jerimiah Johnson has not signed or been claimed by anyone. Also they list the Jags as signing 18 UDFA opposed to our 3.

Jags are desperate. We aren't.

You aren't going to save your franchise with UDFA's.

TEXANRED
04-26-2009, 10:59 PM
Foster is a decent sized back from Tennessee. He was a lot bigger when he was playing, but apparently dropped about 10 lbs during the time between the end of the season and the combine. He was a pretty good player as a young guy and probably suffered more from the lack of talent on the Tennessee roster than anything else.

Anyway if it is true that we got him then I love it because we need another body on the depth chart at RB. 3 would just not cut it.

Just read up on him too. Seems to be a pretty solid pickup. Statistically speaking along with size and weight, he may be a solid #3 with spot duty as a #Bono, or #2 for you non south park fans.

TexansFanatic
04-26-2009, 10:59 PM
Can anyone find a 40 time for Foster?

EDIT: wow, just saw 4.56

WolverineFan
04-26-2009, 11:00 PM
Jags are desperate. We aren't.

You aren't going to save your franchise with UDFA's.

Agree. Jags are in major rebuilding mode now and are going to try to bring in everybody they can for training camp.

Marcus
04-26-2009, 11:01 PM
http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/edwards/2009/03/arain_foster_has_rough_pro_day.html

More info on Arian Foster

TEXANRED
04-26-2009, 11:03 PM
http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/3/24/805909/rb-arian-foster-tennessee here is more info about Foster.

6-1 236 and runs a 4.56? Some times you have to scratch your head as to why guys dont get drafted.

Redtexan#34
04-26-2009, 11:16 PM
Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDfvypWLokk . This dude looks like he is a beast. Look at his quickness through the holes. I know he is UDFA and it is not certain that we got this dude but I like it.

Marcus
04-26-2009, 11:18 PM
6-1 236 and runs a 4.56? Some times you have to scratch your head as to why guys dont get drafted.

From the link in my previous post.

Foster, a San Diego native who did not attend UT's pro day earlier this month, stayed close to home and worked out at San Diego State's pro day.

The results, however, weren't great.

Foster posted times of 4.73 and 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Foster's best time in the 40 is about 0.14 seconds slower than the benchmark scouts look for in running backs.

His other numbers weren't great, either.

In the short shuttle, which measures flexibility, burst and balance, Foster ran a 4.53. That's about 0.3 seconds slower than the ideal. Foster's 32-inch vertical jump was about 4 inches short of the ideal, too. A 9-7 broad jump wasn't off the charts, either.

The one good test for Foster was the three-cone drill, which tries to measure agility and change of direction. His time of 7.09 seconds was well ahead of the curve.

All told, Foster's performance was hardly shocking.

He was never in danger of setting land-speed records while at UT, but his quickness and change of direction - agruably his best traits as a running back - showed up in front of the stop watch, too.

We'll see what happens next month with Foster.

Despite some poor measurables, he's a pretty smart football player and had been a reliable receiver out of the backfield and a good pass protector. That said, his career was up-and-down in terms of production, and he seemed to have some maturity issues at times, too.

Pro Day was huge for Foster, who was injured at the Senior Bowl and couldn't do much at the NFL combine, either. He needed a good day in front of scouts, and he certainly didn't get one. I'd be interested to know exactly how much of that had to do with the ankle injury.

Foster wasn't ever a speed back, but those numbers seem a little slower than I had expected.

Still, Foster might be able to catch on somewhere. It'd be tough to see Foster going any earlier than the sixth or seventh round in next month's draft. I'd bet free agent, which is certainly a big change from the second-round grade he received last year as a junior.

Xcellerator
04-26-2009, 11:22 PM
Arian Foster
Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
Combine 40 Time: DNP.
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.69.
Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 32. Broad: 9-7.
Projected Round (2009): 7-FA.

Nice size and pretty good pickup.

MojoMan
04-26-2009, 11:26 PM
We are going to need several more of this caliber of RB going into camp.

WolverineFan
04-26-2009, 11:27 PM
6-1 236 and runs a 4.56? Some times you have to scratch your head as to why guys dont get drafted.

He dropped weight after the season and is closer now to 220 lbs. Still a good pickup.

V3rm0nt3r
04-26-2009, 11:48 PM
got Jerimiah Johnson.

Hoss
04-26-2009, 11:55 PM
Jeremiah Johnson dude can cut and be a good 3rd down back...
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Wolf
04-26-2009, 11:57 PM
Texans | Watkins agrees to terms
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 20:00:30 -0700

Ed Thompson, of Scout.com, reports the Houston Texans have agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent OT Jason Watkins (Florida), according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=1172448

Hoss
04-26-2009, 11:58 PM
got Jerimiah Johnson.

:wild::thisbig::brando::splits::smiliedance::specn atz::fans:
dude link plz

bah007
04-26-2009, 11:59 PM
got Jerimiah Johnson.

Beerlover should be happy.

WolverineFan
04-27-2009, 12:00 AM
Beerlover should be happy.

That's "reportedly" 2 RB's as UFA's now. Gotta be happy with that.

bah007
04-27-2009, 12:02 AM
That's "reportedly" 2 RB's as UFA's now. Gotta be happy with that.

Two of the better undrafted ones at that.

WolverineFan
04-27-2009, 12:07 AM
Two of the better undrafted ones at that.

I agree with that. Foster has a nice combination of speed and power although he is a bit more of a bull and Johnson is a quick, speedy guy but also has a bit of power. Good combination IMO.

Hoss
04-27-2009, 12:10 AM
dude i am stoked that we picked them both up!!!

JCTexan
04-27-2009, 12:13 AM
I feel better about the Texans draft now that they got Jeremiah Johnson, Arian Foster & Jason Watkins in FA. :brando:

MojoMan
04-27-2009, 12:13 AM
Two is not enough. We still need several more. Preferably with at least one who we are confident is ready to play.

dalemurphy
04-27-2009, 12:13 AM
Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDfvypWLokk . This dude looks like he is a beast. Look at his quickness through the holes. I know he is UDFA and it is not certain that we got this dude but I like it.

My thoughts after 7 minutes of highlights:

He's solid but lacks a second gear and lacks the great balance that all very good RBs have. That being said, he looks quite servicable and certainly fits our system. I'm certainly hopeful that he has a good chance to outperform Ryan Moats. By the way, he looked pretty good catching passes. He didn't seem to fight the ball and caught quite a few downfield and in stride.

bah007
04-27-2009, 12:16 AM
Two is not enough. We still need several more. Preferably with at least one who we are confident is ready to play.

Not enough?

Name some better ones we could sign. Quality over quantity.

Shaft75
04-27-2009, 12:19 AM
I can't find the link but I think the Texans just signed slatonisabeast...

TexansFanatic
04-27-2009, 12:21 AM
I feel better about the Texans draft now that they got Jeremiah Johnson, Arian Foster & Jason Watkins in FA. :brando:

Man, Watkins looks like a real steal. Rick Smith has done very well with the UDFAs.

Mike Kerns
04-27-2009, 12:22 AM
From Highlights alone, I think I like Jeremiah Johnson more than Foster. Just looks like he has that breakaway speed. Training camp should be fun this year.

ObsiWan
04-27-2009, 12:22 AM
I can't find the link but I think the Texans just signed slatonisabeast...

eh, camp fodder
:)

dalemurphy
04-27-2009, 12:22 AM
Jeremiah Johnson dude can cut and be a good 3rd down back...
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I really hope we got this guy. After 6 minutes of highlights, my thoughts:

He's very explosive and quick. Also, he's very good in the open field. He looks like a guy that can return punts.

They ran the spread, so there weren't any highlights of him hitting it inside in traffic but the guy certainly has the ability to play in the NFL. Excellent signing!

Ole Miss Texan
04-27-2009, 12:26 AM
I can't find the link but I think the Texans just signed slatonisabeast...
I hear he's going to be the Chief Writer.

Texan JBZ
04-27-2009, 12:27 AM
6-1 236 and runs a 4.56? Some times you have to scratch your head as to why guys dont get drafted.

Fumbling problems. He wasn't near as productive this past season as he was two seasons ago. He's got bonafide talent. It just depends on which Arian Foster you get. I do think that Tennessee not having a good QB or offensive line played a lot into in his drop in production last season. He's a solid back, but he needs to hang on to the football. Also, he's not a burner at all. Don't be fooled by that 40 time. Foster isn't going to run away from anyone in the NFL.

dalemurphy
04-27-2009, 12:27 AM
Confirmation of the 4 FA signings by John McClain:

http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/2009/04/explaining_the_texans_2009_dra.html

Josh Leonard DT Hawaii
Jason Watkins OT Florida
Arian Foster RB Tennessee
Jeremiah Johnson RB Oregan


I can rest easy tonight now. Thank you, Smithiak!

texasguy346
04-27-2009, 12:31 AM
I really like the Foster signing. I think he'll be a solid addition.

Mike Kerns
04-27-2009, 12:32 AM
I feel a little better about the draft now. I know they were UFA's, but they look like they could be a fit here.

rarazz00
04-27-2009, 12:33 AM
Confirmation of the 4 FA signings by John McClain:

http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/2009/04/explaining_the_texans_2009_dra.html

Josh Leonard DT Hawaii
Jason Watkins OT Florida
Arian Foster RB Tennessee
Jeremiah Johnson RB Oregan


I can rest easy tonight now. Thank you, Smithiak!

Amen brother...Me too!!:)

SteveSlaton20
04-27-2009, 12:34 AM
What about Graham Harrell? Before Tech was exposed by OU he was all the rage. Actually I am very surprised he was not drafted.

he's a system QB

and plus we already have a back up

WolverineFan
04-27-2009, 12:37 AM
From Highlights alone, I think I like Jeremiah Johnson more than Foster. Just looks like he has that breakaway speed. Training camp should be fun this year.

Well Oregon runs a spread offense and uses a mostly-ZBS in their run game so I see Johnson's transition being much like Slaton's. Remember, Slaton played in a ZBS in college also and made the transition very quickly. I can honestly see Johnson as our #2 option at RB once the season starts, IF he puts in the work.

Hervoyel
04-27-2009, 12:39 AM
I really hope we got this guy. After 6 minutes of highlights, my thoughts:

He's very explosive and quick. Also, he's very good in the open field. He looks like a guy that can return punts.

They ran the spread, so there weren't any highlights of him hitting it inside in traffic but the guy certainly has the ability to play in the NFL. Excellent signing!

I'm not sure exactly what quality it was that made me feel this way but I thought I saw some Domanick Davis in Foster while watching those highlights. It wasn't any one thing but it was definitely there. No second gear, fast through the hole, running hard but not breaking many long, and catching all those passes out of the backfield.

I just kept thinking this guy plays like DD.

JCTexan
04-27-2009, 12:39 AM
Well Oregon runs a spread offense and uses a mostly-ZBS in their run game so I see Johnson's transition being much like Slaton's. Remember, Slaton played in a ZBS in college also and made the transition very quickly. I can honestly see Johnson as our #2 option at RB once the season starts, IF he puts in the work.

I would have been happy with Johnson with a 5th rounder. The Texans got him as an UDFA. :fans:

WolverineFan
04-27-2009, 12:46 AM
I would have been happy with Johnson with a 5th rounder. The Texans got him as an UDFA. :fans:

Lol, I just have this gut feeling that Smithiak know what they are doing.

Mike Kerns
04-27-2009, 12:46 AM
I would have been happy with Johnson with a 5th rounder. The Texans got him as an UDFA. :fans:

So he is better than Wali Lundy and Darius Walker? I ask because I know nothing on him short of those Youtube highlights.

Shaft75
04-27-2009, 12:47 AM
I just looked over my old lindys college football mag and Arian foster was supposed to be one of the top backs last year. TN was a pretty bad team so maybe that's the reason.

Also brice McCain was supposed to be a stand out corner for the Utes, sean smith wasn't even on the projected depth chart. Glover Quin was touted as a top cb in his division too.

Shows me that the Texans scouts have watched a ton of game film and develop their own value for guys.

Hooston Texan
04-27-2009, 12:53 AM
Arian Foster got hurt at the end of the 2007 season and he was clearly affected by the injury in 2008. If he had declared last year and was not injured, he'd have been, at the very least, a mid-round pick, if not much higher.

Another avenue: Denver has about a jillion RBs now, and they drafted Moreno. While we didn't draft a WR, I would certainly give up David Anderson in a package for one of them. They clearly like Anderson--they signed him to an offer sheet. Maybe we can get dibs on their leftover ZBS backs.

MojoMan
04-27-2009, 12:54 AM
Not enough?

Name some better ones we could sign. Quality over quantity.

I don't know the answer to that. That is why I am concerned. Especially with regards to someone who we might might acquire that we are confident is ready to play.

bah007
04-27-2009, 01:00 AM
I don't know the answer to that. That is why I am concerned. Especially with regards to someone who we might might acquire that we are confident is ready to play.

Fair enough.

I'm confident that the guys we have can give us 8-10 carries a game to keep Slaton rested.

Mike Kerns
04-27-2009, 01:10 AM
Jeremiah Johnson has a pretty wicked stiff arm:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynbo4ZjMJXk&feature=player_embedded

MojoMan
04-27-2009, 01:11 AM
Fair enough.

I'm confident that the guys we have can give us 8-10 carries a game to keep Slaton rested.

I hope you are right. However, I am not confident at all that your are.

Hottoddie
04-27-2009, 01:11 AM
I can't find the link but I think the Texans just signed slatonisabeast...

I hear he's going through extensive psych tests before they'll actually sign him. It seems he's fallen into a state of depression because the Texans not only didn't take a RB in the 1st round, but they didn't draft one at all. ;)

Carr Bombed
04-27-2009, 01:47 AM
From Highlights alone, I think I like Jeremiah Johnson more than Foster. Just looks like he has that breakaway speed. Training camp should be fun this year.

You also have to keep in mind though that Jeremiah Johnson ran behind probably the best offensive line in the country over the last few years......while playing against the Pac 10.

Like Reggie Bush the guy simply wasn't touched and bounced most things to the outside.

Foster was surounded by a bunch of crap playing against SEC defenses.

WolverineFan
04-27-2009, 01:50 AM
You also have to keep in mind though that Jeremiah Johnson ran behind probably the best offensive line in the country over the last few years......while playing against the Pac 10.

Like Reggie Bush the guy simply wasn't touched and bounced most things to the outside.

Foster was surounded by a bunch of crap playing against SEC defenses.

Yes, but I have also seen Johnson run well in-between the tackles, something you never really saw from Reggie in college. IMO he has all the skills to be successful in our offense as a relief man for Slaton.

Carr Bombed
04-27-2009, 01:50 AM
I don't know the answer to that. That is why I am concerned. Especially with regards to someone who we might might acquire that we are confident is ready to play.

We're not done adding backs.....there's going to be a whole other pool of backs to pull though after teams make cuts.

WolverineFan
04-27-2009, 01:50 AM
We're not done adding backs.....there's going to be a whole other pool of backs to pull though after teams make cuts.

Also don't forget that Denver will not be leaving training camp with 13 RB's or however many they have now. Someone will be available.

Carr Bombed
04-27-2009, 01:51 AM
Yes, but I have also seen Johnson run well in-between the tackles, something you never really saw from Reggie in college. IMO he has all the skills to be successful in our offense as a relief man for Slaton.

Im not saying he isn't talented, just his stats are somewhat inflated. Oregon had a DOMINANT offensive line in a pretty weak conference. Foster in the SEC played against the players he'll be facing every Sunday in the NFL.....just saying what you see on his highlights gives a clearer view of what you can hope to see on Sundays.

WolverineFan
04-27-2009, 01:55 AM
Im not saying he isn't talented, just his stats are somewhat inflated. Oregon had a DOMINANT offensive line in a pretty weak conference. Foster in the SEC played against the players he'll be facing every Sunday in the NFL.....just saying what you see on his highlights gives a clearer view of what you can hope to see on Sundays.

I understand that and I agree because the PAC-10 does not exactly employ top notch defenses all over the field, but from what I have seen of the guy on tape he should be a good back. Not a starter, but we don't need one. He should be more than capable of handling the load as the #2 back and if not then we still have Foster as a backup.

bah007
04-27-2009, 01:56 AM
Im not saying he isn't talented, just his stats are somewhat inflated. Oregon had a DOMINANT offensive line in a pretty weak conference. Foster in the SEC played against the players he'll be facing every Sunday in the NFL.....just saying what you see on his highlights gives a clearer view of what you can hope to see on Sundays.

You make good points. It's not a discredit to Johnson to say that he played behind some good players.

Carr Bombed
04-27-2009, 02:13 AM
So what was Johnson's 40 time anyways....he does look like he has some quicks.

bah007
04-27-2009, 02:16 AM
So what was Johnson's 40 time anyways....he does look like he has some quicks.

I believe he was 4.61 at the combine and 4.52 at his pro day.

He is one of those guys that is quicker than he is fast. Perfect for this system.

Ckw
04-27-2009, 02:44 AM
All I can say is I am ecstatic. I wanted Johnson or Foster in the 5th or 6th. What do the Texans do? They get them both as UDFA! :fans:

TexansSeminole
04-27-2009, 02:57 AM
Really happy with these pick ups and it makes me look at the draft with more optimism.

I like Foster and Johnson alot.

SAMURAITEXAN
04-27-2009, 08:32 AM
I am relieved than happy to see RBs UDFA signings. I was waiting until 3AM to see one of RB to be drafted by us which never happen. I understand that Chris Brown can be effective when his healthy but just when he was healthy? When I think about Slaton/Brown RB duo, looks pretty good on paper but never know when Brown goes to injure list again which makes me very nervous. I don't know how these FA pans out for us but at least we have some bodies to look at for RB depth.

GO TEXANS!!!

rarazz00
04-27-2009, 08:34 AM
I remember BEER LOVER did a thread on what runningbacks we'll take and which round we'll get them. I picked Arian Foster 4th round for us(this thread was done PRE COMBINE)...So now we get him as an UDFA...I hope he does well and makes the team.:texflag:

SAMURAITEXAN
04-27-2009, 08:46 AM
I remember BEER LOVER did a thread on what runningbacks we'll take and which round we'll get them. I picked Arian Foster 4th round for us(this thread was done PRE COMBINE)...So now we get him as an UDFA...I hope he does well and makes the team.:texflag:

Yeah, I hope so. Foster got ideal size to compliment Slaton. We need a big power RB like Foster.

GO TEXANS!!!

Texsker
04-27-2009, 09:19 AM
Below are highlight videos of the Texans' two new FA running back acquisitions:

Arian Foster (Tennessee)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpxZPKBQByE

Jeremiah Johnson (Oregon)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnXmhMBnAQU

BigBull17
04-27-2009, 09:20 AM
I had a feeling when I saw how many RB's kept falling that we would wait till after the draft to pick a few up. There was alot of talent at the position in rd 7.

Mike Kerns
04-27-2009, 09:37 AM
An updated list from the Chronicle.

After they drafted eight players in seven rounds, the Texans signed 12 rookie free agents:


RB Jeremiah Johnson, 5-9, 209, Oregon

RB Arian Foster, 6-1, 226, Tennessee

FB William Rentmeester, 6-1, 248, Wisconsin

DT Josh Leonard, 6-2, 292, Hawaii

OT Jason Watkins, 6-6, 318, Florida

C Charles Helems, 6-2, 286, LSU

G Brandon Walker, 6-3, 306, Oklahoma

OT Doug Dedrick, 6-4, 301, Iowa State

DE Tim Jamison, 6-3, 256, Michigan

WR Mike Jones, 6-4, 211, Arizona State

WR Aubrey Bell, 6-3, 216, Mississippi State

OLB Toddrick Verdell, 6-3, 222, Florida State

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl...le/6393184.html

mexican_texan
04-27-2009, 10:16 AM
WR Mike Jones, 6-4, 211, Arizona State
Who?

CloakNNNdagger
04-27-2009, 10:19 AM
Hopefully, Foster's significant injury history will not follow him into the NFL. Hopefully, he will not fall in line with the same bug haunting most of the Texans RB choices of the past.

The 2006 season saw Foster limited to four starts in 11 games. He was hampered by a nagging ankle injury vs. Air Force that he tried to play with the following week vs. Florida before the coaches shut him down for two games. He ranked third on the team with 322 yards and five touchdowns on 91 attempts (3.5 avg). He grabbed 11 passes for 88 yards (8.0 avg) and returned two kickoffs for 20 yards.

Foster garnered All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors in 2007. He played with a left knee injury that required surgery after the season, but still piled up 1,193 yards on 245 chances with 12 touchdowns. His 1,650 all-purpose yards rank second on the school single-season record list, as he tallied 340 yards with a pair of scores on 39 catches (8.7 avg) and 117 yards on three kickoff returns.

Limited in 2008 spring camp while recovering from his knee surgery, Foster sported a new look in 2008, changing to jersey No. 30 from the No. 27 he wore upon arriving at Tennessee. He decided to change his jersey as a way of honoring injured teammate David Holbert, the team's senior fullback who missed his second straight season in 2008 because of separate knee injuries.

What was supposed to be Tennessee's challenge for the national title turned into a long, trying season for Foster and teammates. The tailback played in 11 games, missing the Wyoming contest with a deep thigh bruise. He was plagued by fumbles and inconsistent blocking up front, scoring just once on 131 carries for 570 yards (4.4 avg). He also saw his reception total reduced from 39 in 2007 to 19 in 2008, gaining 166 yards (8.7 avg).

Just some questions. [LINK] (http://www.nfl.com/draft/2009/profiles/arian-foster?id=79555)

Mike Kerns
04-27-2009, 10:26 AM
Who?

Yeah, I laughed when I saw that.

InterestedJeff
04-27-2009, 11:42 AM
WR Mike Jones, 6-4, 211, Arizona State


if this guy can run a 6 foot 4 reciever could be a real threat

Shaft75
04-27-2009, 11:47 AM
WR Mike Jones, 6-4, 211, Arizona State


if this guy can run a 6 foot 4 reciever could be a real threat

You can call him at 281-330-8004.

I said 281-330-8004.

InterestedJeff
04-27-2009, 11:49 AM
You can call him at 281-330-8004.

I said 281-330-8004.

i thought you were keepin that on the low?

da Bull
04-27-2009, 02:21 PM
Josh Leonard:

Leonard wowed NFL scouts earlier this month at UH's Pro Day by bench-pressing 225 pounds 41 times and completing the pro-agility test in 4.35 seconds.
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090426/BREAKING02/90426044/-1

Best at the combine Terrance Taylor 37 reps w/ 225......who needs bulk when you're this strong?

bah007
04-27-2009, 02:59 PM
WR Mike Jones, 6-4, 211, Arizona State


if this guy can run a 6 foot 4 reciever could be a real threat

Jones is a good specimen.

He struggles a little bit with routes and occasionally has a bout with the drops.

But those things are both coachable. Teach him how to improve his routes and help him stay mentally focused on catching the ball.

gtexan02
04-27-2009, 03:23 PM
Who?

Mike JONES! 281 - 330 - 8004

gtexan02
04-27-2009, 04:35 PM
Top 20 UDFAs from ESPN:

1. Michael Bennett, DE, Texas A&M

Bennett is our highest-ranked free agent still available at this point. His ability to hold up against the run makes him a solid value as a five-technique in 3-4 defensive front.

2. Gerald Cadogan, OT, Penn State

Although Cadogan isn't dominant in any one area, he does possess the size and strength to come into camp and compete for a backup role.

3. C.J. Spillman, DS, Marshall

Spillman's lack of fluidity brings up concerns about his overall range. However, he possesses strong football intelligence and is a reliable open-field tackler.

4. Augustus Parrish, OT, Kent State

A lack of overall athleticism may make Parrish more suited for the guard position. We feel he plays with adequate leverage and has the toughness to potentially add depth to the offensive line.

5. Emanuel Cook, DS, South Carolina

There are concerns about Cook's ability to hold up in man coverage and in center field. Still, his overall range in run support makes a case for him to potentially develop into a sub-package run-defender and special teams contributor.

6. Darry Beckwith, ILB, LSU

Beckwith brings strong overall instincts and a physical attitude when defending the run on the interior. At the very least, he should get a chance to compete for a backup role.

7. Jonathan Casillas, OLB, Wisconsin

Casillas is undersized at 228 pounds, but he has a great blend of instincts, fluidity and range. In addition, he can bring added value as a special teams contributor.

8. Brian Hoyer, QB, Michigan State

Hoyer admittedly needs to take better care of the ball at times. Still, we believe he is underrated thanks in large part to a mediocre receiving corps. Teams willing to take the time could make him into a valuable backup.

9. Mitch King, DT, Iowa

King is a bit of a tweener who is going to have problems finding a true niche in the NFL. That said, he may have the potential to develop into a versatile reserve.

10. Cornelius Lewis, OT, Tennessee State

Lewis has excellent size, but one of the reasons he may not have been drafted is due to his lack of agility. That said, we believe he can develop into an effective guard, if he doesn't work out at the tackle position.

gtexan02
04-27-2009, 04:37 PM
Am I allowed to post insider content? Could a mod PM me?

#11 is Jeremiah Johnson
#20 is Arian Foster

Kory Sheets from Purdue is #16, but looks to be a 3rd down elusive type back

Big Poundcake
04-27-2009, 05:19 PM
I hope Foster works hard and makes the squad.

I wouldn't mind if the Texans gave Emmanuel Cook a call either.

ObsiWan
04-27-2009, 08:31 PM
Jones is a good specimen.

He struggles a little bit with routes and occasionally has a bout with the drops.

But those things are both coachable. Teach him how to improve his routes and help him stay mentally focused on catching the ball.

that sounds like T.O.

bah007
04-27-2009, 08:36 PM
that sounds like T.O.

Unfortunately, he is nothing close to the athlete that TO is.

mussop
04-28-2009, 04:08 AM
SIGN ian!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why do we need a new towel boy?

CloakNNNdagger
04-28-2009, 08:38 AM
Josh Leonard:

Leonard wowed NFL scouts earlier this month at UH's Pro Day by bench-pressing 225 pounds 41 times and completing the pro-agility test in 4.35 seconds.
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090426/BREAKING02/90426044/-1

Best at the combine Terrance Taylor 37 reps w/ 225......who needs bulk when you're this strong?


I believe that he was initially a DE with notable rushing skills, but because of his strength was placed inside........and still showed the ability to get to the QB. If I remember multi-Pro Bowlers Warren Sapp and John Randle were both between 290 and 300 pounds when they entered the league (and not as fast). Sapp was taken in the 1st round and Randle.............not even drafted. Leonard could just turn out to be that little diamond in the rough.

CloakNNNdagger
04-28-2009, 08:51 AM
Found this Hawaii site that fills in some interesting background on Leonard.

http://www.sportshawaii.com/sh/viewtopic.php?p=311811

ObsiWan
04-28-2009, 09:00 AM
Unfortunately, he is nothing close to the athlete that TO is.

I just hope he has better hands.
T.O. has had bad hands since his days with the niners.

bah007
04-28-2009, 01:40 PM
I just hope he has better hands.
T.O. has had bad hands since his days with the niners.

He seems to have good enough hands. He just has moments where he will inexplicably drop three or four in a row.

Concentration and focus may be the problem.

76Texan
05-07-2009, 04:00 PM
Josh Leonard:

Leonard wowed NFL scouts earlier this month at UH's Pro Day by bench-pressing 225 pounds 41 times and completing the pro-agility test in 4.35 seconds.
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090426/BREAKING02/90426044/-1

Best at the combine Terrance Taylor 37 reps w/ 225......who needs bulk when you're this strong?
Looks like he's using rubber weight, LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tzumvn_AIU&feature=related

76Texan
05-07-2009, 05:21 PM
Jones is a good specimen.

He struggles a little bit with routes and occasionally has a bout with the drops.

But those things are both coachable. Teach him how to improve his routes and help him stay mentally focused on catching the ball.

Jones looks like he needs to build up his upperbody strength to get better position. Still doesn't take enough advantage of his height, at times, he didn't sky to get the ball over the shorter defender.

He's pretty decent on the sideline, keeping those feet in.

Looks like PS material probably???