Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Late in the third quarter Sunday at NRG Stadium with the Texans and Titans tied at 20, Will Fuller joined Tyler Ervin to return Bruce Kern’s punt. The rookie wide receiver fielded the punt from his own 33-yard line and returned it for a touchdown in the Texans 27-20 win. Afterwards, he said he thought the alignment caught Tennessee by surprise.
“I feel like that was part of our game plan, to get me out there late.”
It’s the first time Fuller has been used as a returner, though he did return punts at Notre Dame, and he knew pretty quick he had a chance to score on the play.
“Once you break the gunners then it has a chance, and it was wide open the whole time, so I knew something good was going to happen, he said. “Blockers set it up perfectly, all I had to do was run. It was wide open, and (Alfred) Blue just led me to the end zone.
The Texans first round had his best game since being drafted out of Notre Dame. He caught 7 passes for 81 yards, and kept the Texans first drive of the afternoon with a 28-yard screen. That drive resulted in a touchdown, as did the Texans second drive when Fuller caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler. He is the first player in franchise history with a receiving and return touchdown in the same game.
“It’s pretty cool, but I can’t do that if the coaches don’t put me in the right situations, and I’m just taking advantage of it.”
Fuller will certainly be a big part of the Texans’ passing attack for the final 12 games of the regular season, but he didn’t return another punt on Sunday, and Texans’ Special Teams coach Larry Izzo was coy when asked if he might be back there again.
“We wanted to get him an opportunity to return, and you can see why.”