Will Fuller remains the biggest question mark for the Houston Texans offense
By Jair Lopez
The Houston Texans are a completely different offense with Will Fuller in the starting lineup, but injuries have derailed his promising career early on.
It is no question the Houston Texans have one of the best wide receiver groups with All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Kenny Stills as the options for quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, Fuller remains the X factor for the offense to be functioning at an optimum level.
It was revealed that Fuller would miss more time this season and possibly into the first round of the playoffs after suffering a groin injury in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Texans ended up winning the game 23-20 on the road against a solid team, but the offense seemed to regress once Fuller was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
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The Texans have seen the best Fuller has to offer after his three-touchdown performance against the Atlanta Falcons early in the season, but his inability to be able to stay on the field is a huge red flag for Houston.
Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien didn’t mince any words when he addressed Fuller’s injury after their most recent win. “He’s a great guy, love coaching him, but it’s hard for him to stay healthy. That’s the bottom line, and hopefully, we can help him stay healthy because this team is a very good team when we have him in the lineup.”
Despite the undeniable talent, Fuller has yet to break the 1,000 receiving yards mark in his fourth year in the league. He will likely close the 2019 season with 47 receptions, 659 career-high receiving yards, and three touchdown receptions.
The Texans will have to decide whether having Fuller is a feasible option in the future after they elected to pick up the fifth-year option in his rookie contract as a former first-round pick in 2016. Fuller will miss 24 games through his first four seasons in the league and has dealt with a myriad of injuries that have affected the outcome of the team’s success.
Houston is simply a better football team with Fuller healthy, but the issue is that he has struggled to remain on the field throughout his career with the Texans. It will be interesting to see what route the Texans take with the talented number two wideout on the roster.