The Houston Texans have been waiting for a positive sign from the tight end position since Bill O’Brien took over in 2014 and they had an awakening with C.J. Fiedorowicz, as he caught 4 passes for 48 yards, plus a touchdown reception for 14 yards.
Fiedorowicz showed a new part of his game when he created separation and beat one-on-one coverage to give Brock Osweiler a solid target in the middle of the field.
“Coach (Bill) O’Brien came up to me before the game and a little bit this week saying we need to play big this week. When he comes up to you, that means a lot,” explained Fiedorowicz.
That is exactly what he did, catching 4 passes, two of which went for first downs and the other for a touchdown, starting off the scoring for the Texans. The 14-yard touchdown reception was a play the Texans worked on late in the week and it paid off on game day.
“It was just a look that we talked about on Friday,” explained Brock Osweiler of the scoring play. “It was a play that we put in a little bit later in the week. It’s funny how things happen sometimes. Sometimes you get the practice rep of exactly what happens in the game, and sometimes you get the practice rep of what definitely doesn’t happen in the game. That was one of those ones that we kind of had anticipated. Coach (Bill O’Brien) made a tremendous call, C.J. ran a great route, and he made a heck of a catch.”
Adding the tight end element only helps out the offense and trying to build off the solid day for Fiedorowicz is the next step for the offense.
It was only one day, but Fiedorowicz answered the call for an offense looking for help in the middle of the field.
“You know he’s used a lot of tight ends in the past,” said Fiedorowicz. “All week we had a lot of tight end stuff in. He talked to me before the game saying I had to make plays today.”