In this week's Players of the Game edition, I think we may surprise a few with who we feel stood out the most and earned the title of Player of the Game. See if you agree with our selections.
Texans Offensive POG: Garrett Graham
With very close competition from Keshawn Martin, I'm giving this one to Graham. Both had 4 catches on the night and played good minutes throughout the game. Graham played well against the run and showed second gear speed on his 33 yard touchdown from T.J. Yates. His ability to find the open spot underneath makes him look like an Owen Daniels Jr., and with two good outings from the fourth year tight end this preseason, it's looking more like he's a keeper for years to come. Accompanied by pro bowl tight end Owen Daniels and newly drafted tight end Ryan Griffin (who has also looked well), the tight end position is looking like it will continue to grow as a strong spot for the Texans this season.
Texans Defensive POG: Willie Jefferson
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I wanted so bad to give this one to Mike Mohamed but in the end Jefferson stole it. What Jefferson lacks in run support, he makes up in relentless, nasty, and down right blazing pass rush ability. Throughout the game, I found myself getting side tracked by the number 63 (Jefferson) just flying around the line, backfield, or what ever zone he was in. When Jefferson gets there, he gets there fast and at 6 foot 5 inches, 235 pounds, he's hard to miss. Besides starting outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus and Brooks Reed, the roster spots that lay behind them are up for grabs. Jefferson has looked well in his first two games but he is currently behind Justin Tuggle, who has filled in for Mercilus who is out with a hamstring injury. Although the Texans drafted two outside linebackers (Sam Montgomery & Trevardo Williams), don't pencil them in ahead of Jefferson just yet.
Texans Special Teams POG: Shiloh Keo
Again, I wanted to give this one to Randy Bullock because of his consistency on kick offs and his ability to pin the ball back, but I'll give it to the player who made the special teams play of the game. Although Keo didn't have an incredible return or bone crushing block/hit, he played heads up and nose down. With 7:48 left in the first quarter, Miami punted the ball to Keo deep into our territory. The ball looked to be going out of bounds but there was a Miami player who looked to be in good position to pin the ball in bounds, close to the 20 or deeper. Keo ran to the ball and at first glance this was a face palm move by the third year safety. When Keo brought the punt in, the Miami player had no choice but to run over Keo, which led to a fifteen yard penalty (interference on ability to receive the punt) that put the Texans in favorable field position. I don't see Keo being the designated punt returner for the season, but he brings a smash mouth downhill running style that's not common in your modern day punt returners.
Who were your Texans player of the games?
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