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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10/01/15 - TE/FB James Casey did not practice Thursday after his knee swelled up during warmups, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said. Casey was a healthy inactive last Sunday in Detroit and has played sparingly as the Broncos have made little use of formations with a fullback.
04/13/15 - TE James Casey was signed to a one-year contract by the Broncos Monday (April 13).
Casey is a seventh-year player who has appeared in 92 regular-season games (23 starts) and five playoff contests (one start) during his career with Houston (2009-12) and Philadelphia (2013-14).
The 30-year-old Casey owns 72 career receptions for 842 yards with six touchdowns on offense in addition to 50 tackles on special teams. In the postseason, he has totaled four receptions for 49 yards with one special-teams stop.
In 2014, Casey led the NFL with 439 snaps played on special teams while posting 13 tackles and two blocked punts for the Eagles. He had his contract terminated by Philadelphia on Feb. 19.
Drafted by the Texans in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft from Rice, Casey improved his offensive receiving totals each season with the club. He totaled a career-high 34 receptions for 330 yards with three touchdowns while starting nine of 16 games for Houston in 2012.
02/21/15 - TE James Casey had his contract terminated by the Eagles Thursday (Feb. 19). He had one year left on the three-year, $12 million contract he signed with the Eagles in 2013. Casey was a special teams standout for the Eagles, but didn't make much of an offensive contribution. He was the team's No. 3 tight end behind Brent Celek and 2013 second-round draft pick Zach Ertz. He played just 330 snaps in two seasons and caught six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
12/26/13 - TE James Casey has only played 129 snaps this season, including 30 last week against the Bears. But he been a big special teams contributor. He plays on all four of the Eagles' special teams units.
12/09/13 - TE James Casey played a season-high 22 snaps Sunday. The Eagles went with three-tight end sets eight times, and Casey also played in some two-tight end sets instead of rookie Zach Ertz when the Eagles were going to run the ball.