Friday, August 30, 2013
Observation deck: Texans-Cowboys
By Tania Ganguli
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Gary Kubiak will have some decisions to make in the next several hours. Many of them were made much easier by Thursday night's final preseason game, in which his Houston Texans beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-6.
The game saw both backup quarterbacks play well, and made it very likely the Texans will keep three on their roster this season.
It showcased the two remaining running backs whom Kubiak needed to see more of in Cierre Wood and Dennis Johnson. Wood helped himself with 107 rushing yards and a 5.6-yards-per-carry average. Johnson hurt himself with three fumbles, one of which he lost, and difficulty fielding returns. Kubiak said he already knew enough about veteran running back Deji Karim, so he didn't play him much at all.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye showed skill with an interception. Then he got chewed out after he incurred a 15-yard penalty for standing in the middle of the Cowboys' star, his arms outstretched like Terrell Owens. The undrafted rookie said he probably won't even sleep Thursday night waiting to hear whether or not he made the team.
And tight end Ryan Griffin showed exactly why the Texans drafted him in a performance that included five catches for 87 yards.
The decisions will start tomorrow -- and could finish then, too. Stay tuned.