Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The meteoric rise of Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Will Fuller has kept continuing. The most recent accolade comes in the form of taking home AFC special team’s player of the week for his 67-yard touchdown against the Tennessee Titans which turned out to be the game-winner this past Sunday.
“It’s a good thing to have but I turned the page,” Will Fuller said when asked about the honor Wednesday, “That was last week, hopefully I can build on that.”
On the year Fuller has 19 catches for 323 yards, good enough for the most receiving yards among all rookie’s and 12th most overall in the NFL.
Catching passes Fuller has down pat, but with the added skill of returning punts, he makes himself much more valuable to the team if the coaches choose to use his speed in the return game. While he was able to hit a home run in the game with the Titans, it’s not something that Fuller is actively seeking out.
“I know the coaches put the best people back there,” Fuller said, “whenever my name is called, I’ll go back there.”
Speical teams were better on Sunday even without Fuller’s return but it was certainly the biggest return of the year by far. Rookie running back Tyler Ervin who was brought in to be the main return man and has so far been underwhelming.
While it looks like the team could use him in the return game, head coach Bill O’Brien earlier in the week cautioned against Fuller getting regular usage returning punts because returners are more open to hits.
Fuller may never again get used, but it’s now something other teams have to prep for. Fuller is no longer just a deep threat opposite DeAndre Hopkins, he can also use his speed in the return game.
Regardless if this is a one-time experiment or not, the rookie speedster out of Norte Dame has made quite an impact on the team. He isn’t the only reason the team has been able to post a 3-1 record in the first quarter of the year, but he’s surely a big part of it.