1. A Case for Keenum- Second-year quarterback
He's completed 34-of-50 passes for 354 yards and a pair of touchdowns in August, and hasn't thrown an interception. He'll play the first half while Yates will handle the offense after the intermission. It'll be tough to unseat Yates as
"There’s usually eight-to-10 guys that make the football team on this game," Kubiak said on Tuesday. "It’s interesting because it’s very close. They go out there and they’re going to get to play a ton of snaps, and they’ll separate themselves. They’ll show you.”
Keenum grew up in Abilene, Texas, so Thursday's game has him excited in more ways than one.
“That’s the closest I’ll ever play to my hometown," Keenum said. "That’s a really good opportunity for me, to go prepare as a starter and start the game. I know it’s a short week, but we’ll cram it in and get it going. We’ll go out there and see what happens.”
2. Peek at Posey- Wide receiver
"It’ll probably be a brief appearance, but he needs to just get out there and get his feet wet so to speak," Kubiak said. “He’ll probably play about 12 plays. Get hit. Get tackled. All that confidence he’s been working on, just make sure he’s ready to go."
Seeing how Posey holds up, and how prosperous he can be in the limited action will give Kubiak and the Texans another gauge on how the receiving corps will look for 2013.
3. Outside crowd- The outside linebacker spot is crowded behind starters
With the 53-man roster cut looming on Saturday, the foursome of Montgomery, Williams, Tuggle and Jefferson might be playing for their respective jobs against Dallas. In all, that quartet has a combined three sacks.
4. Running back backups- After
Wood was a bright spot in the first preseason game at Minnesota, and has gone for 5.3 yards a pop on 16 carries. Johnson, meanwhile, has rushed 16 times for 50 yards, but has seen a lot of action as a punt and kickoff returner. Both are likely longshots to make the roster, but depending on how they play against the Cowboys, they might earn a spot on the practice squad.
5. Look at Lechler- In Tuesday's roster trimdown from 90 to 75 players, the Texans discarded backup punter
Unless the Texans' offense goes for it, or Kubiak decides to attempt field goals, Lechler will get some more work on 4th down against Dallas.
His two punts versus New Orleans were masterful. The first pinned the Saints at their own 2-yard line, and the second was a 60-yarder that flipped field position for the Texans.
After the thrid preseason game, Lechler said he felt ready, but wouldn't mind punting again on Thursday.
"You can’t emulate the same things in the practice field as you can on game day," Lechler said. "So it felt good, but one or two more probably wouldn’t hurt me.”