The Texans have re-signed free agent wide receiver André Davis, the team announced Friday.
Davis (6-1, 194) played in 14 games with three starts and caught 33 passes for 583 yards and three touchdowns for the Texans in 2007. He also returned 32 kickoffs for 968 yards and another three scores. His three returns for touchdown tied for the league lead; and his 30.3-yard return average was second in the NFL last season. Davis earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in December, with all three of his kick returns for touchdown coming in that month.
Davis earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 14 when he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards for a touchdown in Houston's 28-14 victory over Tampa Bay (12/9). The touchdown gave the Texans a 21-7 lead and ultimately proved to be the winning score. Davis' return came against a Tampa Bay kick coverage unit that entered the game ranked second in the NFL, allowing just 17.6 yards per return.
He followed up that performance with a game for the ages in the season finale versus Jacksonville (12/30), who boasted the best kick coverage unit in the league prior to that game. Davis tied an NFL record and became just the seventh player in league history to return two kickoffs for a touchdown in the same game.
It was the first time in team history that a player returned two kickoffs for a touchdown in the same game. As if that weren't enough, he recovered a muffed punt in the first quarter to set up Houston's first touchdown of the game. It was his first career fumble recovery.
Davis also showed the ability to stretch the field on offense. His 17.7-yards-per-catch average was the third highest in the NFL in 2007. His 33 receptions and 583 yards were each fourth highest on the team and he tied for third on the squad with three touchdown catches.
Davis caught 23 of his 33 passes during the seven-game stretch when wide receiver Andre Johnson was sidelined due to injury. Also, 441 of Davis' 583 receiving yards and all three touchdown catches came during that seven-game stretch as well.
Davis has played in 78 career games with 32 starts in his six-year career. His career totals include 137 receptions for 2,198 yards and 17 touchdowns and 129 kickoff returns for 3,046 yards and four touchdowns.
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