Texans Tight Ends Productive In Win Over Titans

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – For years Texans fans have been curious about the lack of tight end production within the Houston offense.

When the Texans face prolific pass catching tight ends around the league like Travis Kelce of Kansas City or Rob Gronkowski of New England, it becomes obvious there is a stark variation to that of the production from the Texans tight ends.

On Sunday, the first with head coach Bill O’Brien taking over the offensive play calling, the tight ends were a focal point of the Texans offense. CJ Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin combined for seven catches and 102 yards in the Texans’ 27-20 win over the Titans.

Fiedorowicz, who caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler on the game’s opening drive, expected to see more throws his way with O’Brien running the offense with a lot of two tight end sets.

“Coach O’Brien is known in the past to use the tight ends,” Fiedorowicz said. “Today was his first time with the offensive coordinator spot. Hopefully it continues like that.”

Osweiler, who led the Texans to an opening drive score for the first time this season said the play that allowed Fiedorowicz to score his first touchdown of 2016 was one they worked on in practice.

“It was a play that we put in a little bit later in the week,” 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.”

Fiedorowicz was pleased that O’Brien approached him during the week and said he would be a big part of the offense this week.

“Coach O’Brien came up to me before the game and a little bit this week saying we need to play big this week,” Fiedorowicz said.  “When your number is called, you have to make the plays and I’ll tell you I’m happy to get the ball.”

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio 

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