Owen Daniels added to AFC Pro Bowl roster


Tight end Owen Daniels was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Monday, making him the ninth Texan and the second AFC replacement tight end in the all-star game.

Daniels will go in the place of the injured Rob Gronkowski, since Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham’s already replacing the injured Heath Miller of the Steelers.

Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve last week with a broken left arm.

Daniels, who had 62 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns this year, joins a long list of Texans teammates.

They’ll have nine in the Pro Bowl, the most of any team in the AFC as well as a franchise high.

Also there will be left tackle Duane Brown, running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, center Chris Myers, quarterback Matt Schaub, left guard Wade Smith and defensive end J.J. Watt.

With that many talented players, you’d think the Texans would be closer to not being eligible for Pro Bowl duty, but they’re not.

7 responses to “Owen Daniels added to AFC Pro Bowl roster

  1. The Texans’ year was 2011, when they were one of the best teams in the football despite serious injuries to their #1 WR (Andre Johnson), #1 DE/OLB (Mario Williams), and starting QB (Matt Schaub).

    The team got weaker in the 2012 offseason after losing the right side of their O-line and Mario Williams, and the Brian Cushing injury didn’t help matters.

    Unless the Texans have a good offseason, it’s entirely plausible that the Colts (who have a ton of cap space and a rapidly developing QB) overtake them.

  2. eventhorizon04 I agree that the Pro Bowl is usually a year behind when it comes to the players. The Texans were definitely a better overall team in 2011 and the Pro Bowl votes show that. Wade Smith had a bad year, Brown had a bad year (for him), and Daniels didn’t have a great year either.

    But the Texans certainly didn’t get weaker by losing Mario, and the Cushing injury hurt their defense more than anyone can know.

    I wouldn’t worry about the Colts catching up just yet – despite their record, they still have a ton of building to do, and they won’t be playing for a sick coach next year.

  3. I disagree that the 2011 team was better. They played an easier schedule with a worse record…

    Both teams finished the seasons very poorly which used to be uncharacteristic of Kubiak teams. 2007-09 The Texans were a combined 10-2 over the last 4 games of the season. 2010-12, the Texans are 3-9 over the same last 4 games.

    Both 2012 and 2011 the Texans had the #1 seed on the line with 3 games to go and neither team could secure a first round bye.

    But JJ Watt in 2012, Andre having a career year, Arian still being Arian, Schaub having his 3rd 4000+ yd season.

    Texans 2012 > Texans 2011

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