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Casey to Get a Shot at Both Fullback and Tight End in 2012

James Casey wasn’t as involved as many thought he would last season, but head coach Gary Kubiak said in the Chronicle that the team will use him in both the fullback and TE roles in 2012.

“He’s going to play everywhere,” Kubiak said. “He’s our starting fullback. He’s a starting (tight end) if we go to two tights. It’s still about versatility with James.”

In 45 games, including 11 starts, over the last three seasons, Casey has 32 receptions for 422 yards and one touchdown with one rushing attempt for 11 yards. Most of that production came last year when Casey’s playing time increased from 15 percent in 2009 and 2010 to over 30 percent in 2011.

The Texans lost Lawrence Vickers and Joel Dressens this offseason, another reason why the team will turn to Casey to see what he can do in the duel role of FB and TE.

“It was sad to see those guys leave,” said Casey. “I was really close to Joel. He taught me a lot when I came into the league, and I really looked up to him.

“You have to understand that it’s part of the business. I look at it as an opportunity because there are spots available at tight end and fullback. I don’t really know what my role will be right now, but I’m hoping to take another step forward and be a major contributor to this offense, whatever position it is.”

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