State of the Texans pointed out that Houston Texans wide receiver, Jaelen Strong, had a strong start to OTAs, and it is apparent that Bill O’Brien has taken notice of the second year wide receiver. With so much focus on the new additions from the draft, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien made sure to point out the early work Strong has put in for the team at the start of OTAs.
“I just said to him today how far he’s come,” said O’Brien of Strong. “He’s a guy that, a year ago today, I was concerned about him from a conditioning standpoint. I just didn’t know what type of condition he was in. It wasn’t very good.”
How bad was it? Strong came into rookie mini-camp tipping the scales for a wide receiver; weighing in at around 235 lbs., he could not finish practices during OTAs or mandatory mini-camp because of poor conditioning.
Prior to the start of training camp, Strong used that break to cut weight in a hurry and reported to training camp at 217 lbs., finally achieving 211 lbs mid-season. When adding in the rookie learning curve to the equation, Strong, when he did hit the field, made a visible difference on the offense when he touched the football.
“He really at some point in time before training camp, he came back and passed the conditioning test and really took off after that,” O’Brien said about Strong’s 2015 season. “He contributed in some games last year.”
Now Strong has come into OTAs locked in and he seems to be a completely different player from the rookie that showed up from Arizona State. O’Brien likes what he is seeing early from his second year wide receiver.
O’Brien finished his thoughts on Strong. “He had a really good offseason. He’s in really good shape. He’s playing well. Hopefully it continues. He’s a guy that we’re definitely counting on.”
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