Our stock series continues as we look at five Houston Texans players who increased their standing following the Week 3 preseason win against the Cardinals
Following the Houston Texans 34-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals spirits were rather high. The reason for this was obvious as the Texans starters excelled against the Cardinals, a team coming off a 13-3 season (which was also their third straight double digit winning season).
There were several stars of the game, and here’s a look at five players who now see their stock rising following the victory.
5. Jaelen Strong, WR
The Houston Texans are suddenly stacked at the wide receiver position. With all the talk about DeAndre Hopkins big season in 2015 and the addition of Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, there has become a forgotten man.
That would be 2015 third round pick, Jaelen Strong out of Arizona State University. Strong was regarded as being a steal in the third round thanks to his immense potential, but has yet to live up to that status.
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He showed up to camp as a rookie on the heavy side and struggled to get on the field. Whenever he did though he showed up to play. His first ever NFL catch was a Hail Mary touchdown grab as he showed off his ability to make big plays in the end zone.
This year he reported to camp in better shape and the team has taken notice. He has been much better in practices and his play on the field is improving.
On Sunday he showed back up again making a remarkable catch in the end zone despite blanket coverage by the Cards cornerback Ronald Zamort.
On the night Strong finished with just two catches on five targets for 22 yards and the score. However, what he reminded the team and fans was that when the ball is near him, he can make the play.
With so much attention being given to the deep threats and play makers, it’s nice to still have more players to help the offense out. Strong may never live up to some of the lofty expectations he once had, but he still can be a solid contributor for the Texans.
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