The Houston Texans drafted 26-year-old rookie Jordan Akins in with their final draft pick in the third round after having to struggle to find competent options at tight end the season prior. Their starting tight end, C.J Fiedorowicz, retired due to suffering several serious concussions that kept him from playing at his highest level the season prior.
Akins hasn’t made much of a difference this season in his first nine games of the regular season, but he showed the Texans what he could in the red zone in the preseason with two touchdown receptions against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Akins showed his athleticism in the red zone to get open and put points up on the board for the Texans. He has only had nine receptions for 89 yards, and an average of 9.9 yards per reception. However, he has shown progress in other areas such as blocking and being able to line up in multiple positions.
Akins’ athleticism allows an ample amount of plays for him to be a part of in the Texans offense and he’s been more involved as the season has progressed. Not only has he been lined up as the tight end, but Akins has also been utilized recently as the Texans’ H-Back. He lines up in the backfield with the running back as an additional blocker or he becomes a receiver out of the backfield for the quarterback.