Last year Owen Daniels was a key player that the Houston Texans desperately missed on the offensive side of the ball. Aaron McBride, my cohort here at Toro Times recently wrote a post begging the question, Can the Houston Texans possibly get any better?
With or without bringing in a true number two wide receiving option in the passing game, one would have to admit that the Texans offense can get better and is better with tight end Owen Daniels on the field.
After Daniels’ return to the field during week fourteen the tight end was the most targeted receiver for the Texans during the last four weeks of the season. It was evident that Daniels was finally back to his usual self.
In a recent article regarding Owen Daniels eagerness to get back to work, Daniels admitted to Pro Football Weekly that he struggled much of last year with a hamstring injury while attempting to make his return from an 2009 achilles injury that ended his season and presented problems during his 2010 season.
Daniels has made his recovery from the achilles injury and is well over the hamstring issues that plagued him much of the early part of last season. During the article with Pro Football Weekly Daniels goes as far as admitting that he has carried over the end of the season momentum into the offseason by saying, “I’m having my best season as a pro, which is kind of weird since it comes with this situation.”
The situation Owen Daniels is referring to is without a doubt the current NFL Lockout and the fact that he is having the type of offseason that he is having due to his own motivation and drive. No OTAs, mandatory team mini-camps and absolutely no team to player contact.
Daniels has been working out with the rest of the offensive team during the player only practices at Rice University. Owen Daniels will be one full season removed once the NFL season kickoffs which is usually the allotted time expected for a player to fully recover and be back to their old self when recovering from the type of injury sustained to Daniels achilles so the Houston Texans and the fanatics can expect big things from Daniels in 2011…We here at Toro Times sure do.
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