Oft-injured Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller spoke to the media and sounded confident he’d make it through this season healthy.
Here’s hoping that all the work Houston Texans wideout Will Fuller put into his body this offseason is about to pay off in 2020.
There’s never been any question about Fuller’s talent. The former first-round draft pick out of the University of Notre Dame is without question a burner — one of the fastest players on any given football field — and he has a nose for the end zone that’s unrivaled amongst most of his NFL colleagues.
Unfortunately, Fuller has also developed a serious reputation for being injury prone. He missed two games his rookie year (2016), six games in 2017, nine games in 2018, and five games in 2019. He has yet to make it through a full 16-game regular season wire-to-wire.
According to Fuller, however, that might change this fall and winter finally.
"“Being injured sucks, but I’m confident,” Fuller told reporters during media availability on Tuesday this week, per HoustonTexans.com. “Every time I go back out on the field, I don’t think about what happened last week or if I was injured last week. I always feel like I’m going to have a big game or whatever. I don’t really dwell on injuries. I know they happen, but I always stay confident and just try to do my best to help the team win.”"
Houston Texans fans have a right to be skeptical about Will Fuller’s durability
He might not dwell on injuries, but it’s hard for us Texans fans not to dwell on them — particularly now that DeAndre Hopkins is gone. Even with Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb added to the wideout fold (as well as pass-catching running back David Johnson), Fuller is going to be expected to shoulder a heavier workload in 2020.
He sounds like he’s up to the task, though — and he’s confident some of the work he’s done on little things like improving his posture and changing the way he holds himself might pay off big in terms of his football durability.
"“This is something I’ve been dealing with for a long time. Just standing up, not even moving, just standing, my lower back would always tighten up or bother me. I just walk with like my back extended, so just trying to get that to a normal posture could fix a lot of lower extremity injuries that I’ve been having, that I’ve been dealing with … I met a guy that I was working out with and just focusing on a lot of mechanical things – trying to fix the way I’m running, fix my posture. Like I said, I’m feeling really good this season and I’m ready to get out there and start playing.”"
Only time will tell if Will Fuller can make it through a full season healthy. The talent and the opportunity are both certainly there for him — now, he just needs his own body to hold up its end of the deal.