HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Will Fuller had no doubt that the Texans and Brock Osweiler would have the confidence to throw to him after dropping a sure fire touchdown pass in the first half.
“I tried to forget about it,” Fuller said of the first half drop “My teammates told me to forget about it. I tried my best to forget about it and go out there and help my team win.”
After the drop, the Texans got a breakout game from their rookie wideout as he finished his first NFL outing with five catches for 107 yards and his first career touchdown.
The score showed off his best skill which is his speed. Fuller caught a bubble screen and took it 18 yards for the score early in the 4th quarter which gave the Texans the lead and eventually the win.
Texans owner Bob McNair praised the rookie for being able to overcome the early drop and comeback with an impressive catch and run.
“Well, (Fuller) is dynamite, and he’ll occasionally will drop a ball, but boy he sure makes up for it in a hurry. He made some great plays,” McNair said.
When Cecil Shorts III was one of the final cuts for the Texans as they trimmed their roster to the final 53. It was obvious to see that the Texans were committed to a youth movement among their wide receiving core which included Fuller and fellow rookie Braxton Miller.
Even though 2016 is just his fourth NFL season, DeAndre Hopkins finds himself as the elder statesman in the Texans locker room amongst the wideouts. He summed up Miller’s debut with a single word.
“Amazing,” Hopkins said. “I expect that out of him. He dropped one, and all the guys told him to keep his head up because he was going to come through for us big, and he did.”
Fuller got another vote of confidence from his quarterback.
“I just told him, ‘Hey put that in your back pocket for the rest of the career cause you’re going to have moments like that, and it’s all about the next play,’” Osweiler said. “The thing I love about Will in that situation is he came back in the second half and made a couple big plays for us.”
While Fuller wasn’t worried if he’d get balls thrown his way, he wanted to make sure he didn’t make the same mistakes. He admitted that the drop didn’t rattle him, but simply helped him focus.
“I just kept my head down and, like I said, do whatever I could to help my team win,” Fuller said.”When I got the chance to get the ball in my hands, I just tried to make something happen.”
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