Aug 19, 2014; Englewood, CO, USA; Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) during a scrimmage against the Denver Broncos at the Broncos Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
I won’t beat around the bush here…the Houston Texans tight ends in 2014 were awful. The best tight end during the entire year was defensive end J.J. Watt, whose three touchdowns matched the totals by the three guys who logged time at the position besides him.
C.J. Fiedorowicz was perhaps the biggest disappointment of them all, as his third round draft status should have been rewarded with at least some potential for hope. Instead the 6’5″ 265 pounder from Iowa managed four receptions for only 28 yards and one score.
We can watch the tight end during camp to see how much improvement there has been between his rookie year and now. C.J. seems to believe he has improved, and early reports indicate that the coaching staff feels the same way about his play in the offseason programs.
While these reports have been upbeat surrounding the former Hawkeye, the team has yet to put on pads and go full speed. When this happens we will know for sure whether or not there really has been a leap made by the big tight end.
If Fiedorowicz comes into the preseason and shows he has the tools to be a success it should excite everyone in the Houston Texans fan base. A tight end could be a great security blanket for any quarterback, especially on a team like Houston where neither quarterback is exactly a seasoned veteran with a ton of starts under their belts.
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