Houston Texans Morning Huddle–Jackson Trimming Down
Happy Hump Day! Here are your daily Houston Texans stories:
Kareem Jackson getting leaner by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
"Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson is sporting a much leaner physique this offseason through a different approach he adopted for both football purposes and his pending nuptials.Listed at 5-10, 188 pounds on the roster, Jackson is noticeably quicker and lighter and is reacting quickly to the football during the Texans’ organized team activities.It was a change Jackson made with the idea that he could play faster and also wanting to look his best in his tuxedo for his upcoming wedding."
This is great to see. He is going to be even fiercer for a deep and talented secondary this season.
Rookie Stephen Anderson Standing Out by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
"Anderson is a hybrid pass-catching type from Cal with the size of an H-back and the speed of a wide receiver.Although the Texans didn’t draft a tight end, they beat out several NFL teams to sign Anderson after the draft. He visited the Miami Dolphins and worked out privately for the New England Patriots Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons prior to the draft.The litmus test for Anderson will come later when there’s actual contact and linebackers jamming him at the line of scrimmage. For now, though, he’s earned a rare compliment from Texans coach Bill O’Brien."
This is fantastic to hear. We need to have a tight end step up in Houston and if Anderson can step up and take the bull by the horns, so to speak, it would be wonderful for this offense.
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How Many Catches for Will Fuller by Joe Soriano, NFL Spin Zone
"Most players deemed pure deep threats (Aaron Dobson, Kenny Stills, Paul Richardson) end up with about 30 receptions per season, and the more touted ones hover around 40. 30-50 receptions looks like a realistic range for Fuller, but it all depends on his target rate and his depth of target. The deeper the routes, the lower the catch rate and the less receptions a receiver can reel in.As the No. 2 wideout in the offense, Fuller’s over/under for catches should be set at around 40 for the upcoming season, but the Texans will likely evaluate the impact of selecting him in the first round by seeing how the offense operates as a whole."
I would hope for more than 40 from Fuller this coming season. For a first round pick, he needs to go for more than 60. Even if he is used primarily as a deep threat. But that also comes down on the coaches, who need to find creative ways to use Fuller’s talents.