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Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and….Lestar Jean? If you haven’t heard this name before, it’s about to fall out of the sky and hit you in the head. ‘Big Play’ Jean has more than proved himself in his impressive start this 2012 pre-season. Despite a severe shoulder injury last season, Jean has come back stronger than ever. Pre-season highlights include Jean as the top receiver versus the Panthers August 11th with 50 yards, and a 9-yard touchdown grab from Schaub during the Niners game on August 18th.

Seventh of eleven brothers and sisters, Jean started playing football at the age of nine. He graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University in 2010, winning several awards throughout his college career: Most Improved, Offensive MVP , Second Team All Sunbelt, Conference Game MVP, and the “Big Hit” award. The first in his family to graduate from college, Jean now has an entire career ahead of him to continue to make his loved ones proud.

Lestar is a different sort: he is serious about his craft, and loves to talk football exclusively.  I respect that fact and, in turn, will give you the hard facts about our WR, with no added fluff. With that said, let’s check out our Q&A:

DreamShakeBarbie: Tell me a little about growing up; when did you realize you wanted to play pro football?

Lestar Jean: When I was playing little league.

DSB: Did you play other sports as a kid or in high school?

LJ: Yeah, I played basketball and ran a little track.

DSB: What was your first big play that you could never forget?

LJ: When I scored my first high school touchdown my junior year.

DSB: What’s your favorite spot in your hometown of Miami, and why?

LJ: My favorite spot is my mother’s house because that’s where everyone hangs out.

DSB: How much did your shoulder injury affect your mentality last year?

LJ: It was depressing, but I was just happy they gave me another opportunity to comeback.

DSB: What was your recovery like?

LJ: It was long but it was a good time for me to get better.

DSB: Do you have a specific diet you follow during the season?

LJ: No, not really. I just use the off-season to work.

DSB: What’s a food or beverage that you can’t live without?

LJ: I can’t live without burgers and fries!

DSB: There was a lot of controversy earlier this year around the fact that Texans were lacking in the WR position. How do you feel about the situation now?

LJ: It’s a good situation; a lot of players that can help this team win. 

DSB: Who would be in the lineup of your all-star ultimate Fantasy Football draft?

LJ: Everybody on my team because we have a lot of great players.

DSB: Players always say their goals are to help their team win. But in this, your first healthy season, what kind of numbers are you, yourself, shooting for?

LJ: I’m really just trying to help the team win.

DSB: With all the talk about concussions keeping parents from letting their kids play football, do you think that is just hype, or is there some truth to that hurting the game?

LJ: Yeah, this a big deal and I’m happy that they are doing something to change it around because it will benefit the players in the future.

DSB: Do you have anything special planned for after you catch your first touchdown pass?

LJ: No I just plan on scoring more. I just want to help the team.

DSB: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

LJ: I just have to catch a lot of passes before the game.

Follow Lestar on Twitter @LJean3.

#PeaceLoveAndFootball

 

photo credits: bigplayjean.com washingtonpost.com

Let’s get one thing straight: this girl (with two thumbs and a sweet Southern smile) knows Texans football. And chances are if you are reading this, you know a thing or two as well. So let’s cut the bullshit instead of rehashing a play-by-play of two “just meh” preseason games, and enjoy a rousing game of “Would You Rather?” Now, hold up menses, don’t go AWOL on me just yet; sure, one could probably assume that I am going to just pick the hotter teammate in a match up. But remember! A sweet ass doesn’t get you ups in Reliant Stadium. Let’s find out who makes the cut when we line up some of our new guys versus the vets.

Offensive Line:

WIDE RECEIVER 1:

Andre Johnson / Keshawn Martin / Lestar Jean

One thing stands out here, and that is that we have a lot of complexity to this once-worrisome, and rather depth-empty position. Johnson, a 2003 vet, and one of our very own hometown heroes, has been plagued the past few seasons with multiple injuries, even sustaining a groin injury right before the beginning of the 2012 pre-season. Despite that fact, AJ brings 9,656 career total receiving yards and 52 career touchdowns.

Bringing in rookies like Martin and Jean always presents some instability, of course, both for the fans and for the rest of the Texans O-Line. During last Saturday’s pre-season home opener against the 49ers, vet Johnson caught two passes for 49 yards before passing the baton to his younger counterparts.

Keshawn had three catches for a total of 36 yards, while Lestar “Mean” Jean caught my eye with four catches, 42 yards, and one touchdown. LJ got the crowd roaring and my Twitter buddies buzzing, all in keeping with his new-found nickname. I pick LJ.

RIGHT TACKLE:

Rashad Butler / Derek Newton

With the departure of Eric Winston in the offseason [sob!], these two cats will make a play for the starting RT position. Butler may have the inside info from Winston, but Newton will show that he is a force to be reckoned with, using his strength and endurance in hopes of outshining the seven-year vet. Although each got equal playing time in the first two pre-season games, it is hard to tell if Newton will be able to catch up to the accomplished Butler, in order to clinch that opening spot in time for regular season. I pick RB…for now.

TIGHT END:

Owen Daniels / Garrett Graham

Be still my heart: two of the hottest dudes on the team (who, most unfortunately, both have serious girlfriends.) Foiled again! Alas, we will just have to resort to comparing them based on their football skills, I suppose. “Tight end” jokes aside, these two bring some serious talent: the two Wisconsin-bred O-Liners make quite the team. Daniels 2011 season was on the better side of reliable: 54 receptions, 677 total receiving yards, 12/5 average receive yards per game, three touchdowns, and zero fumbles.

This season, Owen is projected to do even better, especially with his counterpart biting at his heels. Graham put up 44 passing and 3 receiving yards in the Texans/Panthers pre-season game on August 11th. Based on what we have seen thus far, OD will need to keep his head down and crank it up if he doesn’t want to be sharing his game minutes with Graham in the near future. For now, I pick Daniels.

QUARTERBACK:

Matt Schaub / T.J. Yates / John Beck / Case Keenum

Clearly, I can’t make an argument against Schaub starting, so I will delve into my argument here for rookie Case Keenum. I have been a Case fan for several years now, and I was greatly disappointed that I only got to see him play [less than] seven minutes of pre-season game time last weekend. Within seconds of being put in the game, I saw Case complete a beautiful 20-yard pass to TE Logan Brock. Although he later over-threw a pass to WR2 DeVier Posey, I sincerely believe that Case should, without a doubt, be in the number three spot behind Yates. Keenum is the Football Bowl Subdivision’s career leader with 19,217 passing yards and 155 touchdown passes in his college career. PS: Who is John Beck? [This is not Jeopardy]. For this vote? I’m taking a pass [pun intended].

Defensive Line:

DEFENSIVE/NOSE TACKLE:

Shaun Cody / Earl Mitchell

There is a noticeable absence up the middle where Shaun Cody normally resides. In light of Cody’s recent injury, Mitchell stepped in for the most recent pre-season jaunt versus the Niners last weekend but, to no avail: Texans defense left room for 94 yards rushing just in the first half. Unable to diagnose the 49ers plays, Mitchell is certainly no match for the OG run-stuffer Cody.

WEAK-SIDE LINEBACKER:

Connor Barwin / Whitney Mercilus

There are a few of you who know my feelings on Kramer…uh, Connor. He is a comedian, but a hard worker, too, coming back from being a Cinci-based no-name with a leg injury two seasons ago, to now as the face of the “Bulls on Parade” sensation. He’s put in the work and the fans know it. I, for one, would not want to be in the way of a Connor in black face paint and pads.

That being said, here comes Whitney on the fast track to fame, and, let me tell you, Wade Phillips knows it. Hell, the entire city knows it. The fans seem to have accepted him almost immediately; and boy, does he have the collegiate career highs to back it up: 9 tackles, 5 solos, 4 TFLs, 3 QB sacks, 3 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles. Shall we list a few of his accomplishments as an NCAA badass? 2011 Ted Hendricks Award (top DE in the nation), 2011 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year, 2011 Consensus First-Team All American.

It could partly be Mercilus’ great big smile and sweet brown eyes, but it’s he who gets my vote in this WLB category. I know Coach Wade will be making a lot of headway with this matchup before the Texans head to Saints territory this weekend. Yet to be seen if the Texans will resign the 6’4” jokester Barwin; if they do not, Whitney’s got some very large shoes to fill.

Special Teams:

PLACEKICKER:

Shayne Graham / Randy Bullock

In last weekend’s pre-season game against the Niners, Graham successfully made two field goals 48 and 49 yards respectively, while Bullock missed from 51 (which really isn’t a ‘go sit in the corner’ type failure). While most are in favor of giving the rookie kicker the job, there are conservatives that believe that we should not be entrusting this position to someone with little to no NFL experience. One could also argue that Graham is ahead, in terms of pre-season games. There is also talk of Bullock suddenly getting “injured” in the coming weeks, so he can go on IR. Rookie gets my vote: for Graham to secure this position, Bullock would have to miss a few FGs in the 30-yard range (highly unlikely).

Lastly, let’s chat about Trindon Holliday. #DSB wants to know what you think: has he earned his spot as the team’s 6th receiver? After Trindon’s stellar performance on Saturday, (106 yards on four punt returns) he is just in time for the #HollidaySeason, if you ask me.

How did my picks measure up to yours? And girls, feel free to chime in and let your favorite man in Deep Steel Blue and Battle Red know you got their back.

#PeaceLoveAndFootball

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