Heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, one of the positions of focus from outside of the organization was the tight end position. As the draft progressed, the Texans did not take a tight end at any point of the and waited until after the draft to address the position.
With the potential targets in the draft who appeared to be possible upgrades, the Texans passed on each of them as the rounds wore on.
Coach Bill O’Brien made it clear that the tight end position is where he wants it to be heading into OTAs.
“We’re confident,” said O’Brien of his current tight end situation. “Anything can happen. But of the guys we have in the building right now, we’re confident in those guys.”
The players in-house are their two most utilized tight ends in 2015, Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz. Griffin struggled plenty in 2015. He had a knee injury in week one that kept him out eight weeks but he hauled in 20 receptions for 351 yards and two touchdowns. Fiedorowicz, who is the Texans inline tight end and is primarily the blocking option, caught 17 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. The Texans also have to find out what Anthony Denham and Eric Tomlinson are able to do when camp arrives.
“We see these guys, they’ve been back here for a couple of weeks now,” continued O’Brien, “Ryan Griffin, C.J. Fiedorowicz, those two guys have really come back in great shape. They have a much deeper, better understanding of our offense, now going into their third year with it.”
There is still plenty of time before the start of the season arrives, but it appears, at the moment, that Griffin and Fiedorowicz will continue to be the 1-2 punch at the tight end position.
“We feel confident about that position and where we’re at right now,” said O’Brien of the tight end position. “Of course, as time wears on, roster management and all those different things, we’re not even close to training camp.”