Houston Texans News: Don’t forget about Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas #83 of the Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Jordan Thomas #83 of the Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have Jordan Thomas returning from injury, so don’t forget how talented he is entering the 2020 season.

Though the Houston Texans don’t have the big-time stars at tight end, what they do have is talented players, and one of them is Jordan Thomas, who is returning after missing most of last season.

A rib injury cost Jordan Thomas a chance at a productive season with the Houston Texans in 2019. The Texans tight end only played in five games where he had one reception for eight yards in what was his second NFL season.

Thomas has shown flashes of brilliance in his short career, including as a rookie in 2018 the tight end caught 20 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns. That season, Thomas averaged 10.6 yards per reception and 12 of his 21 receptions went for a first down in 16 games played.

Sure, the numbers put up by Thomas haven’t been the greatest, but the tight end has as previously mentioned battled the rib injury, which has put him in a tough roster battle with fellow tight ends Darren Fells, Kahale Warring and Jordan Akins going into the 2020 training camp.

Most of the talk this offseason has been about the three aforementioned tight ends of the Houston Texans, but like the headline states, don’t forget about Thomas. He does have the talent to make the Texans roster yet again, though most likely he’ll be battling Warring for that roster spot if the Texans decide to keep three tight ends. Remember, as a rookie Thomas made 10 starts at tight end, and two starts last season.

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The positives for the 6’5, 277 pound Thomas — which makes him a great Red Zone target — is he’s just 23 years old, he’s entering his third year in the NFL, and he’s had to battle his way before on an NFL roster with Thomas being a former sixth round pick (211th overall) in 2018.

Seemly having his back against the wall entering the 2020 season, Thomas has shown in the past during is rookie year what he can achieve on the football field for the Houston Texans.

Three times during his rookie season Thomas had at least 30 yards receiving in a game, as his career-best receiving game was in Week 3 of the 2018 season when he caught two passes on two targets for 53 yards. Thomas’ best games in receptions came in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins and Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts with four receptions each. In both of those games Thomas was also targeted four times.

The four-catch game against the Dolphins saw Thomas also make two touchdown catches, as his other two touchdowns that rookie season came against the Denver Broncos (Week 9) and the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. The rookie season of Thomas also saw a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 53.5, showing what his potential is and can be if he’s able to stay on the field for another full season.

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The Houston Texans have a nice core of players on the tight end depth chart, and though others are favorites to be the starers, and to make the roster ahead of Thomas, once training camp arrives just don’t forget about Thomas and the potential he holds as well.