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Old 06-16-2014   #1
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The game is simple. There are seven player categories - QB, RB, Pass catcher, OL, DL, LB and Secondary and you have $21 or less to spend to create YOUR All-time Houston Texans team.

I chose five players per position and ranked them accordingly. I've also included a short scouting report, just in case all of the young'uns out there need a refresher on some original Texans. So, here's your $21 Texan bucks, pick your team. When you're done, compare it to the teams that Marc, Drew Dougherty, Deepi Sidhu and myself drafted, which you'll see below...

QUARTERBACK
Matt Schaub $5
David Carr $4
Sage Rosenfels $3
TJ Yates $2
Case Keenum $1
Scouting Report

Schaub - 2x Pro Bowler - team's historical leader in every career passing category
Carr - Drafted #1 in 2002, organization's first QB - 59 TD and 13,391 career yards
Rosenfels - 6-4 as a starting QB, threw 15 TD in 2007
Yates - led team to first playoff win in organization history, made biggest play of 2011 season with the scramble for first down at Cincinnati
Keenum - 9 TD and nearly 1,800 yards in 2013
PASS-CATCHER
Andre Johnson $5
Owen Daniels $4
Kevin Walter $3
Jabar Gaffney $2
Garrett Graham $1
Scouting Report
Johnson - 7x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro - he's good
Daniels - 2x Pro Bowler - 385 career receptions in eight years in Houston
Walter - 326 career receptions, 24 TD in seven years in Houston
Gaffney - an original Texan draft pick, 171 receptions in four years
Graham - 77 receptions and eight TD over the past two years
RUNNING BACK
Arian Foster $5
Domanick Williams $4
Steve Slaton $3
Ben Tate $2
Ron Dayne $1
Scouting Report
Foster - 3x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro - holds nearly every Texans rushing record
Williams - 976 yards rushing each year in Houston, 154 career receptions
Slaton - 6th in the NFL in rushing in rookie season (2008 - 1,282 yards)
Tate - Nearly 2,000 yards in three years and ten touchdowns
Dayne - Led the team in rushing in 2006 and 2007
OFFENSIVE LINE
Duane Brown $5
Chris Myers $4
Eric Winston $3
Chester Pitts $2
Steve McKinney $1
Scouting Report
Brown - 2x Pro Bowler, 2x All-Pro - one of the best, if not the best LT, in the NFL
Myers - 2x Pro Bowler in 2011 and 2012
Winston - one of key pieces in 2006 Draft, started every game at RT for five straight years
Pitts - one of the original stars on the Texans OL, started 114 games in Houston
McKinney - local product that started four straight years, an original Texan
DEFENSIVE LINE
JJ Watt $5
Mario Williams $4
Gary Walker $3
Antonio Smith $2
Seth Payne $1
Scouting Report
Watt - 2x Pro Bowler, 2x All-Pro, 2012 NFL Def. Player of the Year - uh, yeah
Williams - 2x Pro Bowler, 1x All-Pro, NFL Alumni DL of the Year in 2007
Walker - 1x Pro Bowler, 51 tackles and 6.5 sacks in Texans inaugural season
Smith - 1x Pro Bowler, the Ninja was one of most popular players in Texans history
Payne - An original Texan, 58 tackles, four sacks and three passes defenses in 2005
LINEBACKERS
Brian Cushing $5
Demeco Ryans $4
Jamie Sharper $3
Jay Foreman $2
Connor Barwin $1
Scouting Report
Cushing - 1x Pro Bowl (2009), 1x All-Pro (2011), NFL Def. Rookie of the Year (2009)
Ryans - 2x Pro Bowl and 1x All-Pro, NFL Def. Rookie of the Year (2006)
Sharper - An original Texan ILB, 296 tackles in three years
Foreman - Teamed with Sharper for first three years, 258 tackles in three years
Barwin - Ninth in the league in sacks in 2011 with 11.5, had 19 in four seasons
SECONDARY
Aaron Glenn $5
Johnathan Joseph $4
Dunta Robinson $3
Marcus Coleman $2
Kareem Jackson $1
Scouting Report
Glenn - 1x Pro Bowl, 1x All-Pro - Houstonian who had five picks and two picks sixes in 2002
Joseph - 2x Pro Bowl, nine interceptions in three years
Robinson - NFL Def. Rookie of the Year (2004), 13 INT and six forced fumbles
Coleman - an original Texan, fourth in the NFL with seven picks in 2003
Jackson - 2010 first round selection, four INT in 2012, 193 career tackles
So, what did we come up with...
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I'd take the 21 bucks and go get me some beer.
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I'd take the 21 bucks and go get me some beer.
Is that one beer at Reliant?

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I'll play but it's not fun to reflect on how AWFUL the Texans have been.

QUARTERBACK
Sage Rosenfels $3 - Always a guy who could win you (or lose you) a game

PASS-CATCHER
Owen Daniels $4 - It's not Texans football without a TE

RUNNING BACK
Steve Slaton $3 -At his best he did the job pretty well

OFFENSIVE LINE
Chester Pitts $2 - My favourite Texan of all time

DEFENSIVE LINE
JJ Watt $5 - How could you pick anyone else

LINEBACKERS
Jamie Sharper $3 - Great LB who led the early Texans defenses

SECONDARY
Kareem Jackson $1 - has improved year on year and best is yet to come (hopefully)
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what a depressing game
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Quarterback: David Carr $4

I know no one will agree with me, but Carr could've been a pretty good QB if he had been given a decent O'Line. He had a solid arm, good speed, & was tough as nails. My only real complaint was that he thought being a QB in the NFL was a 9-5 job. He made no attempt to improve his game like the great ones do. Had he applied himself, he could've been a borderline great one.

Pass-Catcher: Owen Daniels $4

I wanted AJ, but I only have $21 to work with. OD had sweet hands & was a very reliable receiver.

Running Back: Ben Tate $2

Solid RB for $2. Tough runner with good speed & decent hands out of the backfield.

Offensive Line: Duane Brown $5

Finally!!! Carr gets the Pro Bowl OT he never had.

Defensive Line: Seth Payne $1

Seth was a very good interior lineman. He was country strong against the run & quick enough to collapse the pocket & put pressure on the QB. A steal at $1.

Linebackers: DeMeco Ryans $4

A great all-around MLB. He was a definite leader on the field & well respected. After he recovered from his injury he was traded to Philadelphia where the fans love him (And they're not an easy crowd to win over). He was never given a chance to play in the 3-4, but it's my belief he would've adapted & along with Cush would've given us one of the most dynamic MLB combinations in the league.

Secondary: Kareem Jackson $1

Kareem for $1 is an absolute steal. Solid CB that is improving with each new year.
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This game would be more fun if they gave you $66 & you had to build a starting offense & defense. That's 22 players at an average of $3 each. Or, you could make it more challenging & go with $2.50 each ($55).
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For $21 to have any functionality at all I came up with the following. It should be an 8-8 team and be fairly entertaining at times. And these players are not best players that I would choose, nor should any be on any kind of "All Time" list, but this is the best lineup I could come up with that MIGHT function as a team for the $21 bucks.

$21 is USFL budget, I demand an NFL budget or I'll skip training camp.

Case Keenum 1
Kevin Walter 3
Jabar Gaffney 2
Garrett Graham 1
Steve Slaton 3
Ben Tate 2
Eric Winston 3
Chester Pitts 2
Kareem Jackson 1
Connor Barwin 1
Antonio Smith 2
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TJ Yates $2
Andre Johnson $5
Ben Tate $2
Chester Pitts $2
JJ Watt $5
Demeco Ryans $4
Kareem Jackson $1
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Case Keenum 1
Jabar Gaffney 2
Garrett Graham 1
Ben Tate 2
Eric Winston 3
Chester Pitts 2
Steve McKinney 1

Kareem Jackson 1
Marcus Coleman. 2
Connor Barwin 1
Jay Foreman. 2
Antonio Smith 2
Seth Payne. 1

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This team should beat any of the above teams on any given day.

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QUARTERBACK
Sage Rosenfels $3

PASS-CATCHER
Andre Johnson $5

RUNNING BACK
Ron Dayne $1

OFFENSIVE LINE
Chester Pitts $2

DEFENSIVE LINE
JJ Watt $5

LINEBACKERS
Jamie Sharper $3

SECONDARY
Marcus Coleman $2
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qb-Sage Rosenfels $3
wr-Andre Johnson $5
rb-Ron Dayne $1
ol-Chester Pitts $2
dl-JJ Watt $5
lb-Demeco Ryans $4
db-Kareem Jackson $1
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Carr
Daniels
Tate
Myers
Watt
Barwin
Jackson

$21 just aint enough to field a decent team ...
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Playing this game makes me sad, realizing what we've had to go through...

QB Sage $3
Schaub is by far the best QB we've had in Texans history, but it's hard to spend top dollar on him. I also wanted to go Keenum to save some money, but can you really pick a QB that has never won a game?

Receiver AJ $5
The greatest Texan of all time, enough said. It's difficult to not include him on any "all time texans" team.

RB Dayne $1
I need to save money somewhere. In the age of the diminishing role of the RB, I go for the cheapest guy.

OL Pitts $2
I went best value here. I would have taken Newton if he added $2 to the cap.

DL Watt $5
Best defensive player in the game today, easily already the best Texan defender ever... will be the face of the franchise for many more years to come.

LB Ryans $4
We miss his leadership greatly!

DB KJ $1
Not thrilled about this pick, but a solid player for only $1. I'll take it.
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