Casey at the bat

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  1. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

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    This would be a very interesting weapon that would fit perfectly into the Texans' chemistry and game plans.:


    Casey at the bat

     
  2. CloakNNNdagger

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    Additional information that shows his potentially amazing versatility:

     
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    Yeah, I've been quietly hoping that we're able to pick Casey up in the later rounds. Unfortunaely, he had such a good combine, I think he's going to get picked up earlier than we can spare a pick for him.
     
  4. DiehardChris

    DiehardChris You betcha!

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    I like the guy - but if we draft a TE, he's got to be a great blocker. Casey is not that, from what I've read.
     
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    Yeah, with Bruener gone, I think that's a good point. I think Bruener frequently gets overlooked because he didn't catch passes, but he did play quite a bit, I think. It would be funny if WE took Pettigrew; he's supposed to be the best in-line blocker of any of the TE's this draft.

    EDIT: You know, I just read over Megan Manfull's comment that Bruener was inactive for a lot of games. So I guess I was overlooking him, too. I was pretty sure he played a lot in 2007 and I thought he was playing at about the same level last year. Guess i was wrong.
     
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  6. mussop

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    Dido.
     
  7. CloakNNNdagger

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    It is amazing that last year, we spent a great deal of discussion about Bruener's value to the team and his being our best blocking TE........and he only played in TWO games.
     
  8. The Pencil Neck

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    I think that says a lot about Daniels and Dreessen. I really didn't notice that Bruener wasn't playing.
     


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    I definately wouldn't be suprised if we drafted Casey in the 2nd or 3rd. Sure we have larger needs, but we've also got a young OC who wouldn't mind having some new toys to help him draw up some innovative new plays.

    Casey could be a good role player for whichever team gets him and uses him properly.
     
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    At the combine, at 6'3", he weighed in at 246. This is about the same as Owens and Dreesen, and about 7 pounds less than Bruener. There is not enough to judge his blocking abilities. I would think that as a WR being known as a "punisher," especially with some proper coaching and weight training, he should have very little problem filling that role when called upon.

    BTW, last season, with his 111 receptions, he churned out 1329 yds and 13 TDs. Imagine what he could do for AJ's and our QB's numbers.
     
  11. BattleRedToro

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    Actually there is no evidence that he is a great blocker, because he wasn't asked to block in Rice's spread offensive scheme. That doesn't mean that he isn't a capable blocker, or even a great blocker, it just means that he hasn't proved that he is. For all we know, he could be an excellent blocker.
     
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    DiehardChris You betcha!

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    Right. But if you're not sure about Casey, but you are sure about another TE, which one do you take? We have to take homerism out of the equation here. I'd love for us to draft local guys when possible, but not at the expense of getting what should be a STARTER in the 2nd or 3rd.

    We have OD, and we have Dreessen who just signed a new contract. All we need now is an excellent blocker as a TE. There will be some of those in the later rounds. We have WAY too many other needs to be taking Casey in the 2nd or 3rd. If you absolutely must draft offense in the 2nd - let it be Unger if he's still on the board - or Eric Wood.
     
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    Now, first off, let me say that I agree with you that we shouldn't take Casey before the 4th and I don't think he's going to be there. UNLESS, Smithiak is able to trade back and pick up an extra 3rd.

    But... with Bruener only active for 2 games last year, do we REALLY need a pure blocking TE? I don't think the lack of a blocking TE was what hurt us in the red-zone (although that could be argued, I guess.) But between the 20's at least, we rocked. So we weren't missing that blocking TE most of the time.
     
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    For a TE blocking is more of getting in the way than it is drive blocking. You dont have to be a big, not good at catching, not quite big or good enough to be a OT type players. Shannon Sharpe wasnt real big but was a good blocker.

    I really like the guy but if we were going after a skill position guy then I think we would be gettting better value at the WR and RB position. A Donald Brown or L McCoy could give us a great duo and complete the RB position for years. Kenny Britt or Hakeem Nicks would possibly be the missing piece that turns our offense into an elite scoring machine ala the Colts the last few years.
     
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    I'm sure that scouts and coaches can come up with some kind of routine for James Casey to use during his pro day to substantiate his claim that he is capable of blocking.

    Maybe a one man sled or two man sled with the help of another lineman.

    I would also guess that he might be willing to do it given time ahead of his pro day to practice for it.

    I saw him on TV after the combine, and a reporter asked him about blocking. He said that he was capable of blocking, but he just wasn't asked to do it in Rice's offense.
     
  16. dalemurphy

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    Daniels became a major asset in the run game. Rewatch the GB game and see how many times he blocks a LB or Kampman one on one to spring Slaton.
     
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    I'd love for any team I'm a fan of to get Casey from Rice. Danny Arnold, who trains him, says he is first in, last out daily and the other day waited for guys to leave the training room after 2 workouts because he wanted to be the last out. He also threw..being a high school QB for scouts yesterday. This is the type guy you need

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/college/rice/6345395.html

     
  18. TexansFan33

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    There is two things that is preventing James Casey from putting on a Texans Jersey:


    1.) Owen Daniels
    2.) He will be gone way before we consider him a BPA. (best player available)
     
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    A weapon like this + a Slaton clone RB would take our offense to the next level and make our offense unstoppable. RT22
     
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    Agree but I love guys like him that can do everything and who work so hard. Some team is going to score with him.
     

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