What's in a number? HoustonTexans.com is taking a look back at the numerical roster of the franchise, and going over every number that's been worn in team history. From the memorable ones like 99, 80, and 4, to some that might not ring a bell, we've got them all covered.
Joe Webb, III, Quarterback/receiver, 2018-2019
The veteran signed with the Texans during the spring of 2018, and proved to be one of the most versatile players in franchise history. Primarily a special-teamer, he was a big part of that unit's jump from one of the NFL's worst, to one of the tops in 2018. Webb caught two passes in 2018 for a combined 13 yards, and finished with a trio of special teams tackles.
He was also the third quarterback, and in August of 2018 and 2019, saw significant game time in the preseason. In the latter season, he suffered a foot injury that saw him spend the entire year on injured reserve.
Webb spent 2020 with the Giants, and before he came to Houston, the Alabama-Birmingham product began his career with four seasons in Minnesota, then three in Carolina, with a 2017 stop in Buffalo.
Brandon Weeden, Quarterback, 2015-16
He didn't play much, and he wasn't in Houston long, but Weeden made significant contributions during a topsy-turvy 2015 season. After starting three games earlier that year for Dallas, he was let go by the Cowboys and snapped up by the Texans. He came off the bench in Week 14 at Indianapolis, completed 11-of-18 passes for 105 yards, and hit Jaelen Strong for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. It was the franchise's first road win versus the Colts.
Weeden started the next week at Tennessee, where he threw a pair of touchdowns, ran for another, and guided the Texans to a 34-6 triumph over the Titans.
Starter Brian Hoyer returned from a concussion for the regular season finale the next week.
Weeden spent all of 2016 as the backup to Brock Osweiler. He came back in 2018 to backup Deshaun Watson, but wore the number three in his second term with the Texans.
Originally a 2012 first round selection out of Oklahoma State, Weeden began his career with two seasons in Cleveland. He then spent 2014 and part of 2015 with the Cowboys.
2018 was Weeden's final season in the NFL.
Donnie Jones, Punter, 2012
Jones was the team's punter for the 2012 season, as he averaged 40.5 yards. 48 of his 88 punts that year were returned, and 28 of his punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
The LSU Tiger began his career in 2004 with Seattle, then spent 2005 and 2006 in Miami. From 2007 to 2011, Jones punted in Saint Louis for the Rams. Along with several other former Texans, he was a Philadelphia Eagle in 2013. He would spend the next five years there, picking up a Super Bowl championship ring with the 2017 club.
Jones concluded his career in 2018, with a 12-game stint as a Los Angeles Charger.
Rex Grossman, Quarterback, 2009
The 22nd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Grossman spent the first six years of his career with the Bears, and guided them to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006.
He served as Matt Schaub's backup in 2009, and entered the game at Jacksonville when Schaub suffered a shoulder injury. In that contest, he completed 3-of-9 attempts for 33 yards, and was picked off once. Schaub would later return to the game.
Grossman spent the next three seasons in Washington, and would start a combined 16 games in that time.