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Houston Texans Snap Count Report, Week 5: Fitzpatrick 100%, Mallett 0%

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Here's how 42 football players and Ryan Fitzpatrick were deployed last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Offense

Name POS Snaps PCT% Season Snaps Season % Snaps PCT%
Duane Brown T 59 100 322 99 3 11
Derek Newton T 59 100 324 100 3 11
Tyson Clabo T 1 1 5 1 3 11
Brandon Brooks G 59 100 324 100 3 11
Ben Jones G 49 83 310 95
Xavier Su'a-Filo G 10 17 19 5 3 11
Chris Myers C 59 100 324 100
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 59 100 321 99
Ryan Mallett QB 4 1
Andre Johnson WR 51 86 289 89
DeAndre Hopkins WR 59 100 311 95
Damaris Johnson WR 18 31 109 33
Keshawn Martin WR 19 32 84 25 4 14
Arian Foster RB 48 81 193 59
Jonathan Grimes RB 40 12 9 32
Alfred Blue RB 11 19 91 28 12 43
Garrett Graham TE 36 61 195 60
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE 38 61 181 55 8 29
Ryan Griffin TE 3 5 58 17 11 39
J.J. Watt TE 3 0 5 18
Jay Prosch FB 12 20 63 19 7 25

It's been five weeks. Five weeks of Ryan Fitzpatrick.  While I'll admit it hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be, it's beyond obvious that the quarterback position is holding this team back. It's stifling the strengths of the roster and exacerbating the weakness. The running game will suffer without a serious passing threat to keep defenses honest... the defense will tire out after getting hung out to dry by a constantly punting offense... and so on and so forth.

Arian Foster is running with the burst and vision that we've seen from him since the first broke out with the Texans back in 2010.  Alfred Blue... is still a work in progress.

The tight end situation continues to befuddle me.  Neither Garrett Graham nor C.J. Fiedorowicz are getting significantly higher snaps than the other, and neither are distinguishing themselves very well.  Though t'll be interesting to see how they're run-blocking when the All-22 releases tomorrow.

Defense & Special Teams

Name POS Snaps PCT% Season Snaps Season % Snaps PCT%
D.J. Swearinger FS 74 97 315 92 5 18
Kendrick Lewis FS 76 100 329 97 6 21
Danieal Manning S 28 37 182 53 12 43
Kareem Jackson CB 71 93 311 91 6 21
Johnathan Joseph CB 66 87 269 79
J.J. Watt DE 71 93 320 94 5 18
Tim Jamison DE 30 39 181 53 1 4
Jared Crick DE 38 50 195 57 10 36
Brooks Reed LB 55 72 277 81 9 32
Brian Cushing LB 51 67 231 68 4 14
A.J. Bouye CB 125 36
Whitney Mercilus LB 63 83 268 79 16 57
Mike Mohamed LB 48 63 167 49 18 64
Jadeveon Clowney LB 23 6
Jerrell Powe NT 23 30 117 34 8 29
Ryan Pickett DT 34 45 54 15 6 21
Justin Tuggle LB 25 33 115 33 14 50
Andre Hal DB 59 78 91 26 16 57
Darryl Morris CB 100 29 19 58
Jeoffery Pagan DE 5 7 38 11
Jeff Tarpinian LB 1 1 19 5 19 68
Ricky Sapp LB 12 16 22 6 4 14
Eddie Pleasant SS 13 3
Elbert Mack CB 5 7 5 1 19 68
Jumal Rolle CB 7 25
Josh Aubrey SS 9 32
Akeem Dent LB 19 68

Andre Hal was the most pleasant aspect of the defense versus the Cowboys.  He did give up that tough touchdown on the back shoulder fade but with Dez Bryant's size, but that play is nearly unstoppable;  Bryant and Tony Romo execute it at least once a game.  Hal was targeted six times, giving up three receptions for a whopping nine yards.

It might surprise you to know that Brooks Reed was the team's most effective pass-rusher not named J.J.  Watt.  With Watt getting so much attention, Reed notched three QB hurries and a hit on Romo.  That's... better than nothing, right?

Not much else to say, really. The Texans are looking for a quick turnaround with the Colts coming to town on Thursday and so are we. There was plenty of positives to take away despite the loss versus Dallas. My emotional stability will depend on them building on those positives against Andrew Luck and a very good Colts team.

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