CBS Houston – Special teams this season for the Houston Texans so far has not exactly been super “special” and outside of the punting and kicking game it’s actually been just about the same as in years past.
On the big stage of Thursday night football against the New England Patriots last week, the Texans special teams shot themselves in the foot time and time again.
“Definitely not our best game,” Charles James said, “I know speaking for myself it definitely wasn’t my best game.”
James during the game had a chance to return a kick but ended up fumbling, putting the Patriots on the doorstep for a score.
“They trust me to be back there and I feel like for the most part, I let them down,” James said, “it haunted me a little bit, but I’ve moved past it, things like that happen in this league, for me as a man I’m competitive so I’m ready to bounce back.”
James wasn’t the only culprit during the game, Tyler Ervin also fumbled and lost a return.
With Braxton Miller still slowed with a hamstring injury, James could get another chance at trying to make a play for the team.
While the returns have not been great this season, another area that has been just as concerning if not even more so this season has been the coverage units.
On the year the Texans special teams have given up 23.8 yards a kick return which is 10th highest in the NFL. The punt coverage has been even worse with the team allowing 12.4 yards a punt which is eighth-most in the league.
“We just got to focus and improve on the little things that we can,” Charles James said, “I know the schemes that they are teaching us and the things practice on every day, we just have to want to get better as a unit and we will.”
During the offseason head coach Bill O’Brien brought former special teams all-pro Larry Izzo to head up and coach the Texans unit. It’s still early in the year and the teams could start hitting their stride soon, but so far the start to the year as been less than ideal.
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