Aug 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) practices before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The 6-5, 265 pound Fiedorowicz was drafted out of the University of Iowa in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft this past May. Being the 65th overall selection there is pressure on Fiedorowicz to start rising to the top of the TE depth chart of the Texans, because he is talented enough to surpass Ryan Griffin and Garrett Graham. Currently, Fiedorowicz is second on the Texans depth chart at TE.
It seems thus far he is getting better each day as a pro, because O’Brien said following Wednesday’s practice of Fiedorowicz:
"“He’s a guy that has improved daily. He’s a tough kid, he’s an instinctive player, he’s shown to have good hands, he’s a good young blocker and he’s going to get better and better because he works on it.“You know, I can really say that about most of the rookies. That draft class, I believe, has come out here every day and worked hard to get better every day.”"
In the second preseason game where the Texans hosted the Atlanta Falcons, Fiedorowicz had two receptions for 14 yards, including one catch of nine yards. The 22-year old in the first preseason against at the Arizona Cardinals didn’t record a catch.
Fiedorowicz can become a big deal for the Texans as the offseason progresses into the regular season, and he’s one of the rookies I’m really looking forward in seeing make improvements all season long.
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Before the end of this season I believe Fiedorowicz will be the best tight end on the Texans if he stays healthy. O’Brien coached against Fiedorowicz in the Big Ten at the collegiate level, so I believe he knows what type of player he can become.
I’m really interested in seeing how Fiedorowicz plays against a defense like the Denver Broncos in the third preseason game, as they are full of veterans this year, and they are preparing to make a run at another trip to the Super Bowl.
Saturday night should be an interesting watch for Texans fans.