Houston Texans: Players To Watch In Preseason
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, Tight End
C.J. Fiedorowicz, the second-year tight end had a rather forgetful rookie season after being a third round selection out of Iowa. He managed only four receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown.
A low output statistically as a rookie does not mean that C.J. is a bust and has no possibility at becoming a legitimate starter for the Texans in the near future. Recently ESPN’s Tania Ganguli discussed how she believes Fiedorowicz has a chance to make a giant leap in year two.
"Ganguli: We’ve talked a lot about this group, but I’ll say this: Watch for a jump from second-year tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. The second year is big for NFL players, and both Fiedorowicz and the Texans’ organization are pleased with his progress and expect a much better season out of him. His blocking was expected to be a strength, and O’Brien has indicated he thinks it will be more of one this year."
C.J. still managed to start eight games last season, despite his struggles as a pass catcher. This is an indication that the 6’5″, 265 pound player is a good enough blocker to help the team already. In 2015, he has a strong shot to unseat the less-than-impressive starter Garrett Graham, who only managed 18 catches on the season last year.
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