The Challenger: C.J. Fiedorowicz
Known as more of a blocker than a pass catcher, C.J. Fiedorowicz is still looking to take that next step and become a complete tight end at the NFL level.
Weight: 265 Pounds
Year: 3rd Season
Fiedorowicz was taken in the third round in the 2014 NFL draft out of Iowa. He was primed to slide right in as a starter for the Texans who often employ a two-tight end set. As a rookie he started eight games but was used primarily as a blocker.
During his eight starts and 15 games that season Fiedorowicz was targeted just seven times all season and had only four receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. After a full season of seasoning the former Hawkeye got more time on the field as he started 14 games while recording 167 yards and one score off 17 receptions.
It was nothing to be too excited about going forward, but at least there was some progress made by the sophomore player and the hope is that progress will continue.
The Verdict; Starter on two-tight end sets
With Houston usually leaving their fullback on the sidelines Fiedorowicz will be the starter anytime they decide to open on the game on a two-tight end set. Of course with their influx of wide receivers this offseason they could start out in three and even four wide sets just as often as they would two tight ends.
Fiedorowicz will continue to win coaches over with his willingness to block. He is like an extra tackle for the Texans and that’s how he will make his mark.
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