Williams assisted on one tackle in a quarter of play in
Houston's 24-14 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Shuffled
all around the defensive line, Williams looked tentative at times
and was stood up on a couple of plays.
"I kind of got too excited and that made me get a little
tired," Williams said. "But I was not nervous at all."
In his 11 plays, Williams mostly lined up against Chiefs left
tackle Kyle Turley, who was playing in first game since 2003
because of back problems. Turley was thrust into the starting
lineup when 11-time Pro Bowler Willie Roaf unexpectedly retired the
night before training camp.
"I have a lot to learn," Williams said. "I was moving up and
down the ball. I'm used to just coming off the edge and it's a lot
While Williams' debut was forgettable, another Houston rookie --
sixth-round draft pick Wali Lundy -- had a head-turning first
With Domanick Davis out recovering from a lingering knee injury,
the Texans started 10-year veteran Antowain Smith. Smith was
ineffective early and the Texans turned to Lundy, who ran for 25
yards on his first carry and waltzed into the end zone untouched
for Houston's first touchdown on a 3-yard run three plays later.
He finished with nine carries for 59 yards and had one reception
for 9 yards for a performance coach Gary Kubiak said he was
The former Virginia standout also returned one kickoff for 30
yards and a punt for 12 yards.
"I'm just happy I'm getting an opportunity to play in the
NFL," Lundy said. "Anything I can do to help this team ... that's
what I'm going to do."
Though it was a preseason game, Houston has to be happy with its
first look at the team that was revamped after last season's 2-14
finish. The Texans had 325 yards of offense while holding the
Chiefs to 172.
"I like how hard we played," Kubiak said. "I thought we were
still pretty sloppy at times."
Johnson had seven carries for 30 yards with no scores for Kansas
City in its first game under coach Herm Edwards. Dee Brown added 23
yards on five carries and had a 12-yard touchdown run in the second
"Larry Johnson did a good job," Edwards said. "He was
supposed to come out of the game, but he wanted to stay out there a
couple of more times."
Trent Green was 5-of-6 for 34 yards before leaving after the
first quarter. Canadian League Football star Casey Printers played
the rest of the game and was 6-of-12 for 71 yards with no
touchdowns and an interception.
"He was real jittery at times," Edwards said of Printers. "He
kept his poise for the most part. He lost it a couple of times, but
that's kind of the problem at times of having a young
Houston's first team managed to move the ball well in its first
game under Kubiak. David Carr was 3-for-5 for 23 yards and added 20
yards rushing in the first.
Carr's first two plays of the night went to offseason
acquisition Eric Moulds. Carr found Moulds for an 11-yard gain on
the right side of the field before hitting him for an 8-yard gain
on the next play.
After being sacked more than 200 times in his career, Carr
stayed on his feet Saturday -- a prospect that excites the
"We didn't have a sack in the game and it's been a while since
we've done that here," Carr said. "Keeping the quarterback clean,
we're going to be able to score points."
Texans TE Bennie Joppru, who had season-ending injuries the
past three seasons, appeared in his first NFL game. He had a 9-yard
reception in the fourth quarter. ... Michael Bennett, who was
recently traded from the Saints, did not play on Saturday while he
struggles with a sore hamstring. ... This is the second time the
Texans have played the Chiefs in the preseason, losing 19-9 in
their inaugural season. ... Houston's 24 points scored on Saturday
was a preseason franchise record.
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