The second starter: C.J. Fiedorowicz
The Texans 2014 third-round pick out of Iowa, C.J. Fiedorowicz could be seen as a flop by many fans. Yet to the Texans staff, he does his job well, it’s just the stats don’t reflect this.
Weight: 265 pounds
Career Receptions: 21
Career Receiving Yards: 295
Career TDs: 2
While fans love the numbers, the true test of a tight end’s play is much more involved than that. For Fiedorowicz, this is definitely true as he excels as a blocker on the edges. During training camp last season he was praised by the head coach for this skill.
"“He’s a very good blocking tight end and I think he can help us in the passing game,” O’Brien said via HoustonTexans.com. “I think he can run the different routes that we need the tight ends to run.”"
O’Brien kept the door open for Fiedorowicz to improve in the passing game, and although he didn’t explode in 2015, he did improve from his rookie season. His reception totals went from four to 17 and his yardage went from 28 to 167.
Look for C.J. to continue to excel as a blocker in 2016, but his reception totals and yardage could stay pretty similar thanks to the abundance of offensive weapons added this offseason.
Season prediction: 20 receptions, 201 yards, 1 TD
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