The Houston Texans have benefitted from the addition of Darren Fells in the offseason.
It is no coincidence that the Houston Texans’ biggest scoring performances so far this season are the games that the tight ends have been included in the passing game. Darren Fells has been one of the players on offense that have stepped up in the last few games and contributed to the Texans winning two of their previous three games.
Fells signing was a minor move after being waived by the Cleveland Browns in the offseason. After only having one reception for nine yards in the first two games of the season, Fells has eight receptions for 81 receiving yards, and three touchdown catches in the last three games. Two touchdown receptions came in the 53-32 win today against the Atlanta Falcons.
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The Texans put up 47 points against the Falcons’ defense, and 27 points scored against the Los Angeles Chargers defense. The offense has been more in sync when Deshaun Watson has thrown a touchdown to one of the tight ends.
The threat of having the tight ends included in the passing game has been non-existent for the Texans in previous seasons, but Fells has added a different dynamic to the offense in his short time in Houston. Opposing defenses have had to hold the tight ends accountable instead of keying in on the receivers, and Fells has shown the ability to be a threat in the red zone.
All three of his touchdown receptions have been in the red area and are tied for the most on the team with Will Fuller. Being brought in as inline blocking tight end, Fells has offered the Texans another viable option in the passing game with the potential to be a nightmare for linebackers and defensive backs.
Watson will need to continue to spread the football around to multiple receivers for Fells to flourish, but he has proven that he can deliver when the ball is thrown in his vicinity.