Tight Ends Making Impact

Tight Ends again are being a integral part of the offense. Houston Texans TE Billy Miller caught a season high in Week 12. As the second half of the season is in play, the Fantasy leagues will look for that special someone.

Houston Texans
TE Billy Miller caught a season-high four passes for 42 yards and his first touchdown in more than a year during the Texans' come-from-behind 31-21 victory over the Titans. To say Miller had been frustrated grabbing just seven receptions this season before Sunday would be an understatement. "To be honest, early on (in the season) I might have said something," Miller said. "But it got to the point where whatever they asked me to do, I did. It kept going on and on and nothing was changing. I figured if the ball eventually comes to me, I'll make the plays." Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said the Texans never forgot about Miller, who led the team in receptions with 51 in 2002. Palmer's approach regarding his tight end had more to do with Derick Armstrong's development as a threat than a slip in Miller's abilities. The game plan: Using four wide receivers gives the Texans a better matchup with Armstrong's speed and catching ability. "What we've done is tried to identify a role for each and every player," Palmer said. "As our team gets better, the role of each and every guy kind of changes."

Atlanta Falcons
TE Alge Crumpler has caught 19 passes in the past four games. In the first of those, on Oct. 31 at Denver, he caught a career-high seven passes. On Nov. 14 against the Bucs, he had a career-high 118 receiving yards. On Nov. 21, he caught two touchdowns, a career first, in a win over the Giants. And against the Saints, he caught the game-winning pass, a 20-yarder with 1:22 left. Crumpler caught four passes for 103 yards.

San Francisco 49ers
TE Eric Johnson returned to his role as the team's main offensive threat with seven receptions for 57 yards. He has caught 65 passes for 684 yards this season.

Dallas Cowboys
TE Brett Pierce was inactive in favor of fifth-round pick Sean Ryan, who was called up from the practice squad on Wednesday.

Tennessee Titans
TE Erron Kinney caught two early touchdown passes from Steve McNair, the first two-touchdown day of his career.

Jacksonville Jaguars
TE Brian Jones, a rookie, caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Byron Leftwich in the second quarter against Minnesota. He has caught five passes this year.

Washington Redskins
H-back Chris Cooley caught seven passes for 31 yards, his best game of the season. His 2-yard scoring reception in the third quarter meant that he has scored Washington's only touchdowns in the past three games.


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