The Houston Texans drafted Will Fuller V to give the offense a dynamic that they had not had in some time, a vertical threat who can open up the offense and provide a big play threat, capable of scoring in a hurry. The offense received a glimpse of this the first two weeks of the season when Fuller caught 9 passes for 211 yards, averaging 23.4 yards a reception. Like many players in the system, the Texans expect most players to feel much more comfortable moving from year one to two and the differences tend to be very clear. Fuller is already noticing the early difference in year two of the offense.
“I feel like it’s a lot different, first year to second year,” Fuller said of his early work at OTAs. “Last year I was thinking a lot. Just coming in trying to learn the offense and trying to make sure I was doing everything perfect. This year, I’m just a lot more relaxed.”
Fuller finished his rookie season with 47 receptions for 635 yards and 2 touchdowns, but was slowed middle of the season with a knee issue. He looks much more confident returning to his role with the offense, running routes with a purpose and working well with Tom Savage.
Bill O’Brien has even noticed how much more comfortable Fuller is and is seeing it pay off early.
“He definitely has better knowledge of our system. For the guys that were rookies last year, this is a much easier spring for them because they know where to go, they know what to do,” O’Brien explained. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement with all the guys that were rookies last year: Will, Braxton (Miller) had a good day yesterday. It’s only May. It’s OTAs. But it’s looking pretty good.”
With the drop situation Fuller had last season, he took time out this off-season to continue improving his catching ability. He also worked on becoming more familiar with coverages that opposing defenses send his way which, in turn, will help the quarterback with his progressions reading the field.
“Knowing coverages is always important. You can’t learn too much about football,” Fuller explained. “You can just keep learning every day, so I’m going to go out there and try to learn as much about the overall football game as I can so that can help me out.”
“No goal. Just to go out there and compete,” Fuller stated.
The primary thing that Fuller is concentrating on is competition every day at practice and everything else will take care of itself. No goals, just work.