Houston Texans Positional Breakdown: Tight End
Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) celebrates with teammates after making a touchdown catch during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
C.J. Fiedorowicz, , 6’5″, 265 pounds, 23 Years Old
Could this youngster be the breakout performer the team needs at the tight end position? After starting eight games as a rookie, while appearing in 15, Fiedorowicz could challenge Graham for the top spot, and if his level of play rises, it could help excuse the Texans for not addressing the position this offseason.
Some Background Info;
Fiedorowicz was the first pick in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft and finished the year with a lowly four catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. Surely the team expected more from the Iowa product than what he actually produced.
At least for C.J. he is still young and has plenty of time to grow into his role and become a complete tight end for the Texans. He was well regarded coming into the draft, and his NFL.com draft profile points to some of the strengths in his game.
"Big-framed, linear and dependable, Fiedorowicz looks the part and has balanced skills to be a legitimate “Y” tight end in the pros. Is an asset as a competitive blocker and as a sure-handed receiver."
What To Expect This Year;
I fully expect Fiedorowicz to challenge Graham for the starting job and ultimately win out, even if thats not the case come opening day. Youth and potential counts when the top guys are not exactly lighting the world on fire with their play.
That being said, even if C.J. makes it into the starting lineup, I don’t necessarily see him breaking out and having an all-pro season. Still, a full 16 games as a starter for the 6’5″ second-year player should net better statistics than what all three guys combined for in 2014.
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