TEXANS PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Texans tight ends kept them in the game

Jordan Thomas and the tight ends kept the Texans in the game. Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Texans had a rough day with the Colts ending their win streak at nine games. One of the bright spots on the day was the play of the Texans tight ends. They combined for 11 catches and 151 yards in the loss.

Ryan Griffin had one of his better games catching the ball consistently being open and ending up with a handful of Watson passes. His fourth-quarter catch and run for 47 yards was one of the best plays all day. Griffin nearly scored but was stopped short of the goal line. The Texans challenged but didn't get it overturned into a score. Griffin had five catches for 80 yards.
Jordan Thomas continued to showcase his ability to get open and make plays in space. One of his catches was an absolute snag to keep a Texans drive alive. He had four catches for 31 yards.

Jordan Akins went to work early catching a couple of passes and netting 40 yards. He was a key part of the Texans scoring drive early in the game.

The Texans tight ends have always had a prominent role for Bill O'Brien's offense, even when they weren't getting the ball. O'Brien hasn't ever had this type of depth at the position though and he uses them all. Despite the loss, Griffin's reemergence is an important aspect for this offense down the stretch.

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