1. First Glimpse- It’s been over 10 months since
But he’s been on the rehab grind, has practiced throughout training camp and will hit the field Saturday night at inside linebacker against Miami. He won’t likely play more than a quarter, if that, but seeing the 2011 team MVP back in action has everyone in the organization excited.
2. Bad Blood?- In Week 1 of 2012, defensive end
Incognito's listed on the official depth chart as a starter at left guard, but the Dolphins tinkered with their line during camp and he practiced at right guard for a bit. If he were to see time on the right side, that would mean a steady diet of matchups with
3. Quarterback Shuffle-
The former University of Houston Cougar has continued to improve, and after going 13-for-18 with a touchdown pass and 125 yards last week in Minnesota, Kubiak wants to see Keenum in a new situation. That means he’ll play a bit more with some of the second-teamers, and he’ll also have more information to process.
Keenum, meanwhile, said he’ll prepare like he always does and will seize whatever opportunity comes his way. It also doesn’t hurt that he gets to play in front of the Houston crowd again, after spending six years at U of H.
“I’ve gotten to wear the city of Houston name on the front of my jersey for a long time now,” Keenum said after Thursday’s practice. “To be able to play here again in front of the hometown crowd is always special for me.”
4. Running Jumble- With Pro Bowler
Karim wears number 39, and judging by what Kubiak said on Wednesday, he’ll get a good chunk of chances.
“I would just say that 39 is really practicing well, so we want to see him more this week,” Kubiak said. “We want to see Deji a little bit more. We want to take a look at him.”
Karim carried six times for 37 yards in the win over the Vikings, with a long run of 13 yards.
5. J.J.’s Day- After he and several Texans starters rested during the win at Minnesota, Watt will be back on the field for game action against the Dolphins. A week ago he was held out of contact drills because of his left elbow, so it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets on Saturday night. No matter what, though, he’ll be full bore when he’s in the game.
The last time he was on the field at Reliant Stadium, Watt had five tackles, a sack and a pair of batted passes in the playoff victory over the Bengals. The stakes obviously aren’t as high Saturday as they were then, but Watt will be ready to go.