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Houston Texans Snap Count Report, Week 7: Cushing, Come Back!

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The Houston Texans played the last prime time game of the season last Monday; here's how Bill O'Brien and Romeo Crennel deployed their roster.

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Offense

Name POS Snaps PCT% Season Snaps Season % Snaps PCT%
Duane Brown T 63 100 439 99 5 16
Derek Newton T 63 100 441 100 5 16
Tyson Clabo T 5 1 5 16
Brandon Brooks G 63 100 387 87
Ben Jones G 63 100 427 96
Xavier Su'a-Filo G 73 16 5 16
Chris Myers C 63 100 441 100
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 63 100 438 99
Ryan Mallett QB 4 0
Andre Johnson WR 62 98 403 91
DeAndre Hopkins WR 58 92 421 95
Damaris Johnson WR 34 54 173 39
Keshawn Martin WR 8 13 109 24 4 12
Arian Foster RB 56 89 296 67
Jonathan Grimes RB 40 9 15 47
Alfred Blue RB 7 11 105 23 19 59
Garrett Graham TE 59 94 290 65 7 22
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE 24 38 230 52 5 16
Ryan Griffin TE 2 3 60 13 5 16
J.J. Watt TE 1 2 4 0 8 25
Jay Prosch FB 4 6 71 16

It's been a very short seven weeks of the season, and the offense has been relatively healthy throughout. With this in mind, we can look at their stats with plenty of confidence that they're representative of their talent level. So let's take a look.

Offensive YPG: 345, 19th in the league

Passing YPG: 216, 25th 
Rushing YPG: 129, 8th 
Points Per Game: 20th
Third Down Pct: 36.4%, 26th

Arian Foster shimmying and slicing through defenses serves as the only saving grace of an otherwise well-below average offense. The issues at quarterback are well-documented and not worth going into now.  Mostly because there's plenty of blame to go around. Garrett Graham has been completely ineffectual. Chris Myers is getting pushed around quite a bit. Andre Johnson, bless him, isn't the game-changer he once was.

DeAndre Hopkins has been as advertised, but has been hampered by a weak passing game. Unfortunately, he's the only infusion of young talent on the roster. Xavier Su'a-Filo, C.J. Fiedorowicz and Jay Prosch simply aren't ready (or all that important in the case of Prosch) to contribute to a highly-efficient offense.

Defense

Name POS Snaps PCT% Season Snaps Season % Snaps PCT%
D.J. Swearinger FS 63 97 465 94 7 22
Kendrick Lewis FS 65 100 477 97 9 28
Danieal Manning S 18 28 217 44 15 47
Kareem Jackson CB 64 98 459 93 5 16
Johnathan Joseph CB 52 80 397 80
J.J. Watt DE 64 98 384 78 8 25
Tim Jamison DE 19 29 233 47 5 16
Jared Crick DE 44 68 303 61 8 25
Brooks Reed LB 35 54 370 75 7 22
Brian Cushing LB 51 78 366 74 5 16
A.J. Bouye CB 18 28 182 37 8 25
Whitney Mercilus LB 65 100 405 82 14 44
Mike Mohamed LB 36 55 210 42 17 53
Jadeveon Clowney LB 23 4
Jerrell Powe NT 17 26 163 33 6 19
Ryan Pickett DT 29 45 121 24 8 25
Justin Tuggle LB 26 40 192 39 14 44
John Simon LB 8 12 34 6 15 47
Andre Hal DB 30 46 127 25 14 44
Darryl Morris CB 100 20
Jeoffery Pagan DE 7 11 49 9
Jeff Tarpinian LB 36 7 19 59
Eddie Pleasant SS 13 2 20 62
Elbert Mack CB 3 5 9 1 19 59
Jumal Rolle CB
Josh Aubrey SS
Akeem Dent LB 1 2 1 1 19 59

Watching Brian Cushing whiff and chase after Le'Veon Bell multiple times was pretty sad. His knee injuries have seemingly robbed him of all his speed. Bill O'Brien remains hopeful though:

I think in dealing with a lot of these guys over the years that are coming off of knee injuries, that first year back, it always takes them awhile to get back into the swing of things. I think if you look back at some of the guys I’ve dealt with that have come off of knee injuries, maybe it is eight, nine games into it where they’re truly trusting their knee and they’re full-speed.

For now though, it's been Mike Mohamed and Justin Tuggle as the all-important linebacker in dime coverage. This is absolutely less than ideal.  Get well soon, Cushing.