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Old 10-02-2008   #1
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Default Take ‘Dre away and Walter and Daniels make plays

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns
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HOUSTON (AP)—Here’s something new: Neither the player leading Houston in touchdown receptions or the one with the most yards receiving is named Andre Johnson.

As defenses increasingly try to take Johnson out of games, Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels have emerged to get the Texans’ passing game on track.

Walter has scored three touchdowns this season and Daniels, a tight end, leads the team with 191 yards receiving. His 63.7 yards a game are the most by a tight end in the AFC and he’s averaging 13.6 yards a catch.

Johnson had 10 receptions for 112 yards in the opener, but has had five receptions for 67 yards since then. Daniels had seven receptions for 87 yards in last week’s overtime loss to the Jaguars and Walter had eight for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

“Andre is a great player for us, but he’s not our only option out there,” said Daniels, who’s in his third season. “If they want to try to take him away or cheat to him with a safety then that leaves other people open.”

The big day by the pair helped the previously struggling Matt Schaub to his best game of the season. He threw for more than 300 yards in his first outing without a sack or a turnover.

“I think we’re better when we’re balanced and getting that ball spread around like we did the other day,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “Those kids stepped up and made the plays.”
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