The Texans made the move Sunday night, calling B.J. Daniels late to tell him they wanted to sign him to the Texans active roster. The team’s familiarity with Daniels goes back to offensive coordinator George Godsey's experience witnessing Daniels' skill set.
“George Godsey is familiar with him from when he was at South Florida. George was at Central Florida,” said O’Brien.
What Daniels did at USF is important for the Texans. It was there that he played quarterback in a read-option offense. The Texans have been trying to implement their wildcat/read-option look with Cecil Shorts III, however Shorts exited last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a groin injury.
In four full seasons at USF, Daniels threw for over 8,400 yards and rushed for 2,068, but when he was drafted the conversion to wide receiver began. Daniels worked at wide receiver, quarterback, and as a returner with the Seahawks.
According to O’Brien, Daniels is here to work primarily at quarterback, but don’t overlook his ability at wide receiver.
“Yeah, we’re going to train him to play quarterback, but we’re also going to do some things with him as a receiver,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien continued, “We’re not going to try to put too much on his plate. It’d be more like packages and then we’ll see how it goes throughout the week whether he’s up for the game day."
Plenty rests on whether Brian Hoyer can get out of concussion protocol before Sunday, but it is clear the Texans have brought Daniels in for not only as a backup quarterback to either Brandon Weeden or Hoyer but as insurance for Shorts and his groin injury.
The Texans took care of two position needs with one player but here is why the move to add Daniels is even more important.
With the wildcat being a small part of the Texans offense, having someone like Daniels running it gives the entire offensive set a different look when executing the formation. When Shorts ran it, it was one read and would be either a give to the running back or Shorts keeping it. The wildcat look ran its course because it had no pass threat. However Daniels’ abilities instantly add the threat of a pass - given that he is able to catch up in time and be ready to play.
If Hoyer can’t get out of protocol before the Titans game, look for a dual quarterback look for that game to keep the offense simple but make the opposing teams prepare for multiple looks. Not much will change offensively but alternating quarterbacks to confuse opposing defenses may be in the game plan.
Daniels has the potential to be a good pick up for a team dealing with the quarterback carousel once again.