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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Kelly will use Casey better than Kubiak did

By Paul Kuharsky

I think James Casey is going to make the Houston Texans look bad.

He was a square peg in a round hole as the Texans' fullback, and while he was fine in that role it limited the Texans use of his best attribute: His hands.

On and around the team it was unquestioned that he had the best hands on the team. Yet they took advantage of that by feeding him just 1.08 catches per game in 61 contests.

The Philadelphia Eagles pounced on Casey in the first day of free agency with what John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says is a three-year, $14.5 million deal.

I know I am going out on a real limb here, but I am guessing that innovative new coach Chip Kelly is going to get the ball in Casey’s hands more than 1.08 times a game in 2013.

As he does, I’m envisioning us discussing what could have been if the Gary Kubiak and the Texans had used him more creatively and more assertively instead of relegating him to second-class citizen status in the pecking order of passing-game options.