Should the Houston Texans bring back Will Fuller in free agency?
Should Will Fuller return to the Houston Texans to provide help at WR?
It is no secret that when it comes to the roster of the Houston Texans the wide receiver position must be addressed at some point this offseason.
If the Texans want to see second-year quarterback Davis Mills have success and show improvement in his sophomore season adding wide receivers though the 2022 NFL Draft and free agency is a must from this moment forward.
The current depth chart at wide receiver includes top players like Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins, as they need to be mainstays on the roster in this rebuild.
In ’21 Cooks was a 1,000-plus yard receiver with 90 receptions for 1,037 yards and six touchdown receptions. Cooks also played the ’20 season with the Texans where he caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards with six touchdowns.
Collins as a rookie in ’21 finished with 33 receptions for 446 yards and one touchdown, averaging 13.5 yards per reception.
The wide receiver roster also includes players such as Chris Conley, Jalen Camp, Phillip Dorsett, Damon Hazelton, Chris Moore and Davion Davis.
Conley in ’21 finished with 22 receptions for 323 yards with two touchdowns, while Moore had 21 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Though the Texans had poor play at times from many players in the offense, especially with very little in the running game, the play of the wide receivers as a whole wasn’t that great and leaves more for improvement.
That thought brings us to free agency and thinking about going back to the past and seeing a former wide receiver return to the roster for the ’22 season. That wide receiver is Will Fuller, who spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Houston Texans.
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Fuller played the ’21 season with the Miami Dolphins — three total games — where he had four receptions for 26 yards. Fuller was injured multiple times with the Dolphins, but before Week 4 last year he broke his finger which cost him the rest of the ’21 season.
During his time with the Texans, Fuller totaled 3,116 yards with 209 receptions and 24 touchdowns. He was never a 1,000-yard receiver as injuries took away games that could have been huge in his chances of being a 1,000-yard receiver.
Fuller still has speed that could help the Texans on offense, and he is a solid pass catcher as his career average is 14.7 yards per reception. His final season with the Texans in ’20 saw the receiver catch 53 passes for 879 yards with eight touchdowns.
Adding Fuller would be a big help for Davis Mills too, and that’s the most important thing for this franchise moving forward. Everyone needs to see just how good Mills can be, and if given the opportunity like general manager Nick Caserio says Mills’ has earned, then a veteran wide receiver like Fuller would help the progression of Mills.
Though it is unlikely the Houston Texans go back into the past to rebuild for the future of the franchise, this is just a thought that could add some improvement and depth to the wide receiver roster if Fuller were to stay healthy.
Fuller is still a talented player, and one who played well when on the field with the Texans. If things go like they have been in this roster rebuild it is doubtful Caserio adds a former draft pack of the previous regime to fix some issues of the current Texans roster.