Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 1/5/09: #2 Sophomore TE 2008: Unanimous first-team All-Conference USA pick...Named league Offensive Player of the Week vs. Memphis, Texas-El Paso and Houston...Started all thirteen games at the "Y" receiver position, but also saw action at the other three receiver spots, in addition to playing quarterback and returning punts...Set the school single-season records as he caught 111 of 142 passes targeted to him (78.17 percent) for 1,329 yards (12.0 avg) and thirteen touchdowns...Led the conference and ranked second in the nation with an average of 8.54 receptions per game...Placed second in the league and seventh nationally with an average of 192.23 receiving yards per game...67 of his receptions (60.36 percent) produced first downs, as he converted 14 of 25 third-down throws (56 percent)...Proving to be the team's "money player," 32 of his receptions came inside the red zone, as he had big catches to set up 27 touchdown drives and three other series that ended with field goals...2007: Consensus C-USA All Freshman pick...second on the team with 46 catches and finished second on the team with 585 yards receiving...46 receptions matched the 10th best single-season total in school history... 55 of his 91 touches on offense resulted in either a first down or a touchown. (23 of 45 rushes; 32 of 46 receptions)...2006: Retired from pro baseball at the end of the 2006 baseball season...drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft by the Chicago White Sox...was cited by Baseball America as possessing the Best Fastball from the Sox 2003 draft class...Pitched in the White Sox system for three seasons at the Rookie League level before he was released...September 22, 1984...married, will be a 24/25 year old NFL rookie.
Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: TE James Casey has the versatility and athleticism to make an impact on the team. The Texans didn't need another tight end, especially after drafting Anthony Hill in the fourth round. But they had Casey rated much higher than a fifth-round pick on their draft board and they couldn't pass him up. He can play at fullback. He can be a receiving option at tight end. He can line up on the outside. He also ran the "Wildcat" in college, which the Texans don't currently use. But he is capable of throwing passes and he can be a deep snapper. Eventually the Texans should find Casey's niche in their offense. A closer look at the Texans' picks: 5/152 -- James Casey, TE, 6-3, 246, Rice...The Texans expected Casey to be drafted much higher. They like his versatility. They mostly see him helping round out their group of tight ends, with an emphasis on being a receiving threat. They also see him with the potential to play fullback. - by The Sports Xchange
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01/11/13 - FB James Casey, who also plays tight end, is in the last year of his contract. He caught a career-high 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns. If he was used in the passing game more, he might double his receptions. Some believe he's best suited for an offense that utilizes an H-back. Casey has exceptional hands and runs well after the catch. But his primary role is being a lead blocker for Arian Foster. Expect Casey to get a few passes thrown to him against the Patriots, too.
12/12/12 - FB James Casey, who also plays tight end, has done a solid job as a lead blocker at a position he learned how to play two years ago. This has been the best season of his four-year career. He's already established career highs with 30 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Casey is in the last year of his contract.
11/08/12 - FB James Casey (illness) was limited in practice but will play against the Bears.
11/05/12 - FB James Casey, who's the lead blocker for RB Arian Foster, continues to block well. But he's also contributing as a receiver. Casey has a career-high 21 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown in the last year of his contract.
10/24/12 - FB James Casey is the main reason RB Arian Foster has only 12 catches for 77 yards. That's a 6.4-yard average per catch compared to last season, when he averaged 11.6. Coach Gary Kubiak vowed to get the ball to Casey more, and Casey has responded well. He has 18 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. Expect him to be utilized as much or more during the last nine games.