Texans 101 continues the position-by-position breakdown of the Houston Texans’ 21 undrafted free agents by looking at the two tight ends of the group, Logan Brock and Phillip Supernaw. The offseason departure of unrestricted free agent TE Joel Dreessen to Denver opened up a void at the tight end position for the Texans. Former Pro Bowl TE Owen Daniels remains #1 on the depth chart, but picking up the slack for former #2 Dreessen (28 receptions, 353 yards, 6 TDs in 2011) is no easy task. Currently on the roster, the Texans have third year TE Garrett Graham and FB James Casey. The coaching staff has praised both. Graham saw limited action in his first two seasons and while Casey has primarily been a fullback with Houston, head coach Gary Kubiak has already said they plan to move Casey all over the field as both a FB and TE. Still, depth is a concern, hence the undrafted free agent contracts offered to Brock and Supernaw.
Logan Brock is a 6’3”, 245 lbs. TE from Texas Christian University. Brock is a strong and fast player, running a 4.68 40-yard dash and bench-pressing 23 reps at 225 lbs. at his pro day. A former high school teammate of Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III, Brock was a three-year starter at TCU, but was primarily a special teams contributor for the early part of his career. But by his senior year, Brock found consistent playing time at TE, catching 11 passes for 126 yards and 3 TDs on his way to garnering All-Mountain West Honorable Mention. Brock finished up his career with 22 catches for 303 yards and 5 TDs.
Phillip Supernaw is another big tight end, coming in at 6’5” 242 lbs. from Division II Ouachita Baptist University. Supernaw has similar athletic attributes to Brock, a 4.70 40 and 19 bench press reps at his pro day. The Texas native is a hardworking four-year starter at Ouachita, posting career numbers of 65 receptions for 828 yards and 10 touchdowns. His senior season stats of 22 catches for 301 yards and 3 TDs earned him Second Team All-All Great American Conference honors.
Given the Texans’ usage of multiple tight end packages and formations, it’s another position of depth for the organization. Teams usually carry three TEs and last year, the Texans used all three on their roster. The team currently has two in Daniels and Graham and an alternate in Casey. By my calculations, that leaves one possible roster spot for either Brock or Supernaw. It comes down to what the Texans coaching staff is looking for in that third TE spot. Brock was more of a blocking tight end at TCU and could contribute right away in that fashion, but is a project player at best when it comes to receiving. Supernaw is by far the more natural pass catcher and can block some, but his level of competition at a DII school comes into question. Brock has better measurables, Supernaw the more collegiate production. Both players are roughly the same height and weight, so the Texan coaching staff will have to determine if Supernaw’s lack of collegiate opposition has any effect on his transition to the NFL or if Brock’s slightly raw abilities can be developed at the next level. My gut is that the Texans view their third TE as a young developmental player who can contribute immediately as a goal line blocker with upside to develop as a pass catcher, so if either Brock or Supernaw fit that description they could make the 53-man roster. Otherwise, the Texans can always use Casey as their third TE in goal line packages and use newly converted FB Derrell Smith instead of Casey at FB and Brock/Supernaw at TE.
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