The Houston Texans found an intriguing player in the sixth round with their rookie tight end Jordan Thomas. Through the first nine games of the regular season, he has three touchdown receptions and has become a threat to score in the red zone, the area where the team had struggled in the early part of the season. Thomas has more touchdown receptions than the entire tight end group had last season. He’s had touchdowns for two consecutive games and he continues to give the offense a physically superior player to beat defenders to the football.
Thomas is a far from a complete tight end as he has struggled to be a consistent blocker, but he has the physical tools to at least be an average blocker. His athleticism has allowed him to see the field as early on in his NFL career. His sheer size and catch radius have made him a mismatch for defensive backs and linebackers.
Thomas has picked up his game in the red zone and he is currently ranked second on the team with three touchdown receptions for the team. Only DeAndre Hopkins has more touchdown receptions with seven. Thomas has been the go-to player in the red zone after Hopkins for the last two games, and he’ll continue to be used in the passing game as the Texans continue to integrate veteran wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, to the offense.