After the Texans spent a first and third round pick on wide receivers, second year pro Jaelen Strong is ready to hit the field with his new teammates
Count Houston Texans second year wide receiver as part of the second group as the third-round pick out of Arizona State sees nothing but positives about the Texans selecting receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in rounds one and three respectively.
"“I felt like it was a great addition,” Strong said per ProFootballTalk.com. “I feel like we’re going have some fun out there this year and I’m very excited for Braxton and Will. Two young guys ready to come to work every day. Every day they’re excited, they ask questions and that’s the stuff we need… we all just want to win. That’s all there is to it. We stay on top of each other. When the opportunities come you have to make the best of your opportunities.”"
Strong was projected to be a late-first or early-second round pick in 2015 after a solid career at ASU, but slipped in the draft due to a wrist injury that some thought was more significant than Strong was letting on. The Texans were able to move up in round three and snatch him up, but so far they haven’t enjoyed much return on their investment.
After his first appearance in October led to a two touchdown performance, the rookie wound up with just 14 catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He was a healthy scratch in six games and spent most of his time on the bench when he was active.
However an offseason run-in with police may have scared him straight as Strong reported to camp much lighter than last season as he tries to earn the trust of the coaching staff. Perhaps the team’s commitment to finding quality receivers in the draft will also aid in getting Strong back on track as he enters his second NFL season.