Houston Texans' Nick Novak Much better in second game
Nick Novak was successful on two field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.
Novak took a little heat last week when he was well short on a 53-yard effort, but showed a better leg Thursday. His longest effort was from 49 yards that looked like it would have cleared from a longer distance.
Houston Texans' C.J. Fiedorowicz One catch Thursday
C.J. Fiedorowicz caught is lone target for four yards in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.
The second-year tight end is considered more of a blocking tight end, so limited targets is to be expected. However, the position group was targeted just twice in 41 attempts last night, which should indicate something to fantasy owners speculating on one of the team's tight ends.
Houston Texans' Garrett Graham One of 41 targets
Garrett Graham caught is only target for eight yards in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.
On a night when Houston' quarterbacks dropped back 41 times, Graham was the target just once. His fellow tight end, C.J. Fiedorowicz, had just one target as well. The position is going under utilized in the passing game for a second straight season.
Houston Texans' Alfred Blue Loses snaps to Foster
Alfred Blue rushed for 22 yards on six carries and caught one pass for 11 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.
With Arian Foster's health improving and anticipated expanding role Thursday, the consensus was that Blue's snap count would be reduced, and it was. According to Pro Football Focus, Blue played 16 snaps compared to Foster's 46.
Houston Texans' Chris Polk Plays Thursday
Chris Polk , who was questionable for Thursday night's game due to a knee injury, rushed for five yards on one carry and caught two passes for 17 yards in a loss to the Colts.
Polk hadn't practiced leading up to the game and faced the prospect of diminished playing time with Arian Foster's increased role. According to Pro Football Focus, Polk played 11 snaps compared to Foster's 46 and Alfred Blue's 16.
Houston Texans' Ryan Mallett Leaves sideline before halftime
Ryan Mallett (chest) was seen leaving the Houston Texans ' sideline before the first half was over, the Houston Chronicle reports. He found himself involved another controversy, and explained that he thought the half was over.
To an outside observer, it looked like Mallett, who had been removed from the game after getting hit earlier in the second quarter, was miffed about being replaced by Brian Hoyer. Head coach Bill O'Brien appeared to corroborate Mallett's excuse, explaining the he had also thought the half was over before coaches pulled him back. This is the second time Mallett's been involved in a minor controversy. During the preseason, chronicled for the cameras of HBO's "Hard Knocks," he overslept and was late for a practice, just days after losing the training-camp battle to Hoyer.
Houston Texans' A.J. Bouye Leaves Thursday's game
A.J. Bouye left Thursday night's game against Indianapolis with a quadriceps injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bouye, who started the game in Houston's nickel package, will be checked out in the coming days.
Buffalo Bills' Nigel Bradham Playing all three downs
Nigel Bradham saw action on all 70 of the Buffalo Bills ' defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Giants, registering eight total tackles and a pass defensed.
Bradham and Preston Brown almost never leave the field, and both fare pretty well in the IDP department. Though four games, Bradham has posted 25 tackles and a sack, pretty much in line with his 2014 season that saw him put up 104 and 2.5 in those categories.
Buffalo Bills' Dan Carpenter Job still his
Coach Rex Ryan acknowledged Thursday that Dan Carpenter is still likely to be his field goal person this week against the Titans, even though the team signed Billy Cundiff this week, Buffalo Buffalo Bills .com reports. "We had Cundiff take the kickoffs (Thursday)," said Ryan. "And then we had Dan basically do the field goals. But we'll see as it goes on. But that's probably how we're going to end up going in the game like that."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Carpenter, who's been fantastic with the Bills in the two seasons prior but got on Ryan's bad side in the preseason and has missed two field goals and an extra point already. We'd be shocked if he didn't have urge job this week while Cundiff handles kickoffs, though Carpenter may be one more bad kick away from looking for work.
Buccaneers S Major Wright practices in full for second consecutive day
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Major Wright (abdomen) turned in a second consecutive full practice session Thursday, Joe Kania of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers official site reports.
Wright appears set to retake the field in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars . Although Chris Conte turned in three consecutive solid performances while he was sidelined, Wright is expected to regain the starting strong safety job come Sunday.
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