Wide Receiver 6'-3", 230 lb The 10th-year pro from the University of Miami set a career best with 1,598 yards this season. That ranked second in the NFL to Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, who happened to set the NFL all-time record in the category. However, despite 112 catches, Johnson scored just four touchdowns. Four of his six 100-yard receiving games came in the season’s second half, including 12 catches for 141 yards in Week 17. He is already the Texans’ all-time leading receiver.
Running Back 6'-1", 229 lb In starting all 16 games for the first time, Foster set a career best for carries with 351 while rushing for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns. Signed as a college free agent in 2009 out of Tennessee, Foster this year was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl. He averaged 23.5 carries and 91.8 yards per game during the Texans’ 11-1 start, but his production dipped to 17 carries and 80.5 yards per game in their 1-3 finish to the regular season. Also a threat as a pass-catcher, Foster collected 40 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive End 6'-5", 295 lb A second-year pro from Wisconsin, Watt led all defensive lineman in the regular season in tackles (81) and sacks (20.5). His sack total was one better than Aldon Smith of San Francisco (19.5) for the NFL lead at any position. He has recorded at least a half sack in 12 of 16 games this season, including a 10-tackle, 3-sack showing against Indianapolis in a Week 15 win. The No. 11 overall pick in the 2011 draft has started all 32 games in his career, with two-season totals of 137 tackles and 26 sacks.
Defensive Back 5'-10", 192 lb The former Alabama player had his three most productive games to finish the regular season, including eight tackles in a Week 17 loss against Indianapolis. Jackson leads the Texans with four interceptions, although his last came in Week 10 against Chicago, and he ranks fourth on the team in tackles, with 52 (only six assisted). The 20th overall pick in the 2010 draft, a starter from the beginning, Jackson topped his interception total of the previous two seasons this year.
Quarterback 6'-5", 239 lb After an injury-shortened 2011, Schaub returned this season to complete 64.3 percent of his passes for 4,008 yards and 22 touchdowns. He finished the regular season with a passer rating of 90.7, the fifth straight season (out of six as the full-time starter) he has achieved a rating of at least 90. He has thrown between 26 and 55 passes in each game, including a 43-of-55, 527-yard, 5-touchdown performance against Jacksonville in Week 11. The former third-round pick from Virginia passed for at least 250 yards in eight games this season.