Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals during a pre season game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The first quarter of the Houston Texans 2014 preseason is in the books, with the Texans offense not doing much of anything, especially after the first two series.
Houston, who trailed 17-0 after the first quarter, played the opening quarter without usual starters Arian Foster at running back and Andre Johnson at the No. 1 wide receiver spot. Instead Jonathan Grimes was the starting running back and second-year player DeAndre Hopkins was the No. 1 receiver for the Texans.
Starting at QB for the Texans was veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, making his debut with the team. The Texans began their first series of the preseason with a three-and-out. Fitzpatrick was 0-for-2, and running back Jonathan Grimes carried the ball once in the first drive for seven yards on that first drive.
The second series was worse for Fitzpatrick with Arizona’s Kevin Minter batting the ball down and after a few more Cardinals tipped the ball, where Antonio Cromartie eventually intercepted the ball inside the Texans’ 15-yard line on second down.
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Grimes finished the first quarter with four carries for 21 yards. Fitzpatrick was 1-for-4 for 9 yards. Catching the lone pass was DeVier Posey near the sideline.
The Texans didn’t gain a first down until there was around 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
It wasn’t a very good first half for the Texans to open their 2014 preseason, but luckily it is just the first game of the preseason.