By trading for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the Houston Texans have filled a much-needed hole left when receiver Will Fuller V tore his ACL on Thursday night.
Without Fuller and with rookie receiver Keke Coutee still recovering from a hamstring injury, the Texans (5-3) simply didn’t have enough depth at the position. Although Texans coach Bill O’Brien said the team would first look at internal options — including whether they could throw the ball more to tight ends or other receivers already on the roster — he also made a point about the other receivers who could possibly fill in for Fuller, saying, “obviously, if they could do them like Will [Fuller], they would’ve been out there like Will.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china
Fuller has been a very important part of the Houston offense, and the numbers show it. In the 11 games quarterback Deshaun Watson and Fuller have played together, they have connected for 11 touchdowns.
The pair’s success started last year, in Watson’s rookie season. This season, they picked up where they left off as Fuller averaged 11.7 yards per target. According to ESPN Stats & Information, among players averaging six targets per game when Fuller went down, that ranks second in the NFL. According to ESPN’s Mike Clay, Fuller had a 22 percent target share (6.3 per game) in his six full games this season for the Texans.
Although Thomas will become the Texans’ No. 2 receiver (Coutee will see more time in the slot), he doesn’t have the same skill set as the speedy Fuller. Still, he should help take some pressure off DeAndre Hopkins even if he can’t spread the field in the way Fuller can.
Thomas got off to a slow start in the Broncos’ first two games, but has 36 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns. He is not the perfect fix but certainly gives Watson another good target.nfl cheap jerseys nike
After Fuller’s injury, O’Brien said he and general manager Brian Gaine were going to “explore everything” when looking to replace him. They clearly found the right price in trading for Thomas, for whom Broncos president of football operations John Elway said Tuesday he received calls from “three or four” interested teams before the trade deadline.