Ask Owen Daniels
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ETOwen Daniels
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels chatted live with fans on Monday, March 29, discussing his return to health, playing with Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub and his outlook for the Texans next season.
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansHey, everybody. I'm happy to be here to answer your questions. Don't be shy. Let's get this going!
Justin saba, minnesota
3:02 PM ETHi owen, whats up with your contract will you be a texan for life or not.
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansWell, I would like to be. I love playing here with the Texans and coach Kubiak. It's a good fit with the offense we run. Fans are great, and this is a great place. I wanna see this out and be a part of the playoff team with the Texans and hopefully a Super Bow team with the Texans.
3:03 PM ETWhat is your off season like coming off of a knee surgery as compared to before?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansI have a lot less free time, that's for sure. I rehabbed at the facility with our training staff, and they've done a heck of a job. My knee has felt the best with this ACL injury than the previous two, so I'm feeling pretty good about it.
dennis george, humboldt county, CA
3:05 PM ETWill you be able to play when the regular season stars?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansAbsolutely I will be ready to go for Week 1. I see myself being completely ready by June! My goal is to be able to run all the routes that I would run full speed by June 1, and I am right on pace to do that.
3:06 PM ETare you scared about coming back from a knee injury?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansI'm not. I'm more confident coming back than most people would be just because of my experience with knee injuries. I've had two others. One in high school and one in college.
sam, North Dakota
3:06 PM ETCan the texans finally get over 10 wins this season?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansI believe we can. We have all the pieces to do it. We were really close to having double-digit wins last year and just lost a bunch of close ganmes. Hopefully we'll learn from those situations and apply them this year.
Michael, Amsterdam, NY 12010
3:08 PM ETIf there is any team in the NFL that we need to beat I think its Indianapolis. I believe if we can beat them we can make the playoffs. So what do you think its going to take in order to beat indianapolis this season that didn't work the last couple of seasons?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansWe've always played them really tough, but you can't make any mistakes if you want to beat them. On top of that, we just need to play better within our division. One win out of six games isn't going to cut it if we want to make the playoffs.
Brian, Stafford VA
3:09 PM ETHey Owen, I'm a Redskin fan and I know you've had some interactions with our new Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan. As a Skins fan, I was wondering how do you think Kyle will be able to utilize our 2 TE's, Chris Cooley and Fred Davis?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansFirst of all, those two guys are talented who can make plays in the passing the game. Kyle does a really good job of utilizing the talent. I think he's going to have a blast using those two guys on the field.
Varun, Bowie, MD
3:11 PM ETHow do you think the Redskins offense will do under Kyle Shanahan? Do you think Jason Campbell can do what Schaub did in Houston?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansWell, Kyle and his father have the experience working with some pretty talented QBs. I think Campbell has all the ability in the world, and I think he'll definitely learn a lot from those guys. I'm definitely jealous that Kyle isn't with us anymore.
Austin Dorzok, Sodak
3:12 PM ETWhat is your opinion on the new over time changes, do you think it will help or hurt the league?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansThat's a good question. ... It's a step in a positive direction. If it's being only implemented in the playoffs, I say we play an enitre period like they do in basketball. It's still kind of sudden death. It's an interesting combination of the college game and the pro game.
Eduardo Vargas, Brazil
3:13 PM ETIs Andre Johnson the best WR in the NFL?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansABSOLUTELY.
Jason Buttram, Fredericksburg, VA
3:14 PM ETDo you make Andre Johnson a better player - or does he make you a better player? Don't be humble. ;-)
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansIt's a blessing to play on the same field as that guy. He's got unlimited talent is what it seems. He works his butt off and doesn't say much. He's not your typical University of Miami product. His abilities open up many more opportunities for myself and our other receivers.
3:16 PM ETDoes Andre Johnson have a sense of humor? He looks like a crazy-serious player.
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansHe's really serious, but we have gotten him to open up in the last four years. ... Dave Anderson has specifically. He'll go in the huddle and line up next to Andre and hold his hand while Matt calls the play in the huddle!
John E, Alabama
3:17 PM ETOwen, What's the word on Steve Slaton? Is he going to have a chance to be the guy that gets the bulk of the carries this year if he can cure his fumble issues?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansYeah... Steve is a dynamic player. He had injury issues last season that I think contributed to him having a difficult time holding onto the ball. He has since had surgery to correct that, and I expect that he will come back really strong this year.
Austin Dorzok, Sodak
3:18 PM ETDo you consider Matt Schaub to be one of the top Quarterbacks in the league?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansI definitely do. When he is healthy, he is as good as anybody. I think he proved that last year doing what he did.
Patrick, Killeen, TX
3:19 PM ETOwen, who do you think is the most underated player on your offense in Houston?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansI'll say Joel Dreessen. ... he's been my backup and pushes me to become a better player for the last three years. He got the opportunity to start when I went down last year and did a really solid job.
Joe Tilley, England
3:21 PM ETDo you think the texans have become too pass reliable and need to have a more balanced rushing and passing offense?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansWe definitely need to run better than last year in terms of yards per carry. We didn't shy away from running last year, we just didn't run for very many yards. That'll change this year. You always want to have a balanced attack.
Jason Buttram, Fredericksburg, VA
3:22 PM ETOwen - who would win in a foot race, you or Chris Cooley?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansI guess you'll have to check the combine numbers! LOL ... But I have confidence in my speed.
DAVE, SLC, UT
3:23 PM ETWho would win a cage match between yourself and Dallas Clark?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansWe're two Big 10 boys, so it would probably go all 12 rounds or whatever it is. With two Midwestern boys it would be a good fight!
3:24 PM ETShould I draft you in Fantasy this year ? :)
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansIf you want to win your fantasy league! I'll be healthy, and I will pick up where I left off last year!
Tony, Fort Worth
3:25 PM ETHow did you feel coming out college as a draft prospect? What did you do to deal with the stress and chaos of not knowing where you were going to go in the draft?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansI tried to just worry about what I could control. I just wanted an opportunity to play in the NFL, and the Texans did that in the fourth round. I was happy about it for sure. It's not where you get drafted, it's what you do once you get to the league.
kyle, New Jersey
3:27 PM ETmany poeple try to argue that TE's are a thing in the past and teams either compensate with a wr or extra blocker prefably an olinemen, i feel like TE's are underated and most deadlies men in the red zone. whats your thoughts on that?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansYou're a smart man! ... Especially with the West Coast offense that we run, TE's line up anywhere on the field -- on the line, backfield, slot, split wide. We have to beat LBs and safeties in man coverage. And we have to run block and pass block against he best DE's in the league. We are definitely an underrated position.
Chris, New York
3:28 PM ETHey Owen, are you still doing guest spots as the local news meteorologist as you did in college at Wisconsin?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansLOL! ... I've had a couple opportunities at local stations here in Houston, but I just focus on football. Although I would like to get involved with a job that is weather and football related when I get done playing.
Dat Kent, Van Vleck, Texas
3:29 PM ETWeatherman, what is ur prediction for this season? Playoffs (i. e. clear and sunny) or a sub-par season (i. e. rainy and gloomy) lol?
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansYou know what, it will be mostly sunny skies! But as you know, the weather can be pretty unpredictable. But the models are showing mostly sunny skies in Houston!
Owen Daniels, Houston TexansHey, guys... gotta run and finish my rehab for the day. Really appreciated all the questions and thanks for the support! I'm out.
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