Houston Texans’ offense can be deadlier with Jordan Thomas’ return
By Jair Lopez
Houston Texans’ second-year tight end Jordan Thomas returned to the practice field after missing the first nine games due to a rib injury.
The Houston Texans have activated their three-week window for tight end, Jordan Thomas, to practice with the team after being placed on the injured reserve at the start of the season with cracked ribs. Thomas was expected to be included on the final roster for the season opener against the New Orleans Saints after a solid offseason program with the Texans. He will have the opportunity to return to the active roster if he shows significant progress from his injury.
Texans will have to make a roster move to bring Thomas to the 53 man roster, so the three-week window can allow them to take their time to make that decision. Houston hinted at bringing Thomas back on the roster after going with two tight ends on the roster for the last two games.
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The offense has thrived with Darren Fells and Jordan Akins as their duo at tight end combining for 44 receptions, 493 receiving yards, and eight touchdown receptions. Texans have gotten much-needed production from their group of tight ends after having little to no production in prior seasons.
Thomas accounted for 20 receptions, 215 receiving yards, and four touchdown receptions in his rookie season with the Texans. His four touchdown catches were the only endzone catches for his positional group in 2018.
Texans could receive a boost with Thomas’ return with Fells and Akins having their fair share of success in the offense.
Deshaun Watson has done a great job in his third season of spreading the football around to his other options in the offense outside of DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
The results could take some time as Thomas works his way back into a role in the offense but the Texans could have a devastating trio of tight ends that can make it a nightmare to defend for opposing defenses.