It was an inauspicious start for Jaelen Strong in his rookie season. The story has been said many times: he comes into rookie camp overweight, gets back on track with a reasonable playing weight, shows good play making ability when he gets on the field. Appearing in 10 games, Strong was targeted 24 times, hauling in 14 receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns. The touchdowns he caught came in big spots, showing that the young wide receiver can contribute when given the chance.
Jaelen Strong will be depended on to be one of the top three wide receivers on the roster. The work he has put in since the start of the regular season last year has carried over to the start of practices during OTAs and Mini Camp. He is has a better feel for the offense and is making sure that he will be in the discussion when week one arrives. During practices, it is night and day comparing what he was last season to this off season. Strong is catching the ball with confidence and an even better feel for his role in the offense. If there was one player who made the biggest jump from last season, from early impressions, look no further than Strong.
Roster Status: The Texans invested a third round pick on Strong and they are going to make sure he develops as a player. Last year gave him a taste of what to expect, but now he will be in the receiver rotation, working inside and outside of the Texans offense.