Posted by Andy Benoit
Great news for the Texans: Gary Kubiak told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that tight end Owen Daniels will start Sunday against the Colts. Daniels tore his ACL in Week 7 last season. Prior to the injury, he had been the NFL’s most dynamic receiving tight end in 2009.
Daniels is the second most viable weapon in Houston’s offense. His ability to snag passes on the move allows him to consistently capitalize on the over-the-top coverage defenses commit to wideout Andre Johnson.
I spoke over the phone with Daniels a few months ago. He told me, without a hint of arrogance, “It’s all about beating man coverage in the NFL. And I have a hard time finding anyone who I’m scared to run a route against.” In that same conversation, he also said that Colts safety Bob Sanders is the toughest opponent he’s faced. That’s precisely who Daniels will primarily face this Sunday, as Sanders himself is returning after missing most of 2009 with various injuries.
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