Rookie to get first start

HOUSTON -- Texans rookie tailback Domanick Davis will make his first NFL start Sunday against the New York Jets, replacing benched veteran Stacey Mack.

In another change, free safety Marlon McCree will take Matt Stevens' spot in the lineup. Houston ranks last in the league against the pass.

Davis was drafted out of LSU mostly for his skills as a kick
returner and has impressed coaches with his field presence and
playmaking ability.

"Domanick Davis has been very productive in the role he's had
to this point in time," coach Dom Capers said. "He'll have
somewhat of an expanded role, and we expect him to produce the way
he has."

Davis, 5-foot-9 and 216 pounds, has 171 yards on 35 carries, and
his 13 catches rank fifth on the team.

"I've put a lot of hard work into it, so it's paying off right
now," Davis said. "It's just time for me to take it to another

Mack is gaining only 2.9 yards per carry, with 73 runs for 211
yards as Houston has started the season 2-3.

Davis will be Houston's fourth starting running back in the
franchise's first 22 games. Last season, James Allen and Jonathan Wells had little success; Allen is out of the league, and Wells is relegated to special teams as the fourth-string tailback.