Jordan Thomas has the opportunity to earn the starting spot at tight end for the Houston Texans.
Entering his second season in the league, Jordan Thomas has the golden opportunity to earn the starting spot at the tight end position for the Houston Texans. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, it isn’t common for late round draftees to make such a leap in contribution from year to the next but Thomas showed some tantalizing potential in his rookie season.
Thomas impressed as a rookie with 20 receptions, 215 receiving yards, and four touchdown receptions. His four receptions in the endzone were tied for a rookie record for the second most touchdowns in franchise history.
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He finished his rookie season tied in touchdown receptions with Texans’ future hall of fame wide receiver, Andre Johnson. Thomas accounted for all touchdown receptions the tight ends had in 2018 and single-handedly matched the positions total output had in 2017.
Texans envision Thomas to potentially be a three-down starter for the offense in the passing and running game. Thomas proved to be able to be a mismatch as a receiver against linebackers and defensive backs, but he will need to continue to improve as a blocker.
Thomas was relatively raw coming into the league as a blocker, but he has the ability and willingness to continue to improve in that facet of his game.
A player with his size, speed, and athleticism at his position has the potential to be a starter sooner than later in the NFL if he is able to put it all together.
With Ryan Griffin’s departure from the team, Thomas will have the ability to push for the starting spot in 2019.