Houston Texans: Will Fuller hasn’t lived up to lofty expectations from team

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller hasn’t been the sidekick that the team expected to be because of continuous injuries. Will he be worth to retain?

Houston Texans fans — ever since Will Fuller was drafted to the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft, the expectations from the Houston Texans were that they found their Robin to their Batman, their Pippen to their Jordan, or their ying to their yang.

Fuller has always been expected to be the sidekick for Deandre Hopkins, and unfortunately due to injuries, that just hasn’t panned out for how the Houston Texans planned. Though, when Fuller has been healthy he’s shown glimpses of what could be if he could just see constant playing time on the field.

The rapport that Fuller has with quarterback Deshaun Watson has been undeniable, as he has strung together some outstanding numbers. In the 18 games Fuller has been on the field with Watson, Fuller has 79 total catches, 1,232 yards, and 14 touchdowns with Watson under center.

Despite injuries this season, Fuller is on track to put together his best overall season stat-wise, but as I mentioned injuries have played a part in a tough start to the receiver’s career. Fuller has yet to play a full season healthy as an NFL player, and knee and hamstring injuries have plagued the Texans’ wideout.

Fuller will miss his third-straight game today after being ruled out of their contest today against

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the Baltimore Ravens with a hamstring injury.

Fuller is currently in the midst of a contract year which makes for a tough decision for the Houston Texans and Bill O’Brien or whoever the new general manager will be this offseason.

I’m sure there will be more solid options on the trade market or free agency in the offseason that will be of interest, and with the team having plenty of cap space to spend this offseason, there’s a reason to expect that a big name could be brought in.

Just a few names that are a possibility would be maybe Devin Funchess from the Indianapolis Colts, DeVante Parker from the Miami Dolphins, though he does have a club option for next season, or even Phillip Dorsett or Robby Anderson.

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Nonetheless, the story of Will Fuller’s career so far has been one of ups and downs, but unfortunately, it seems like more downs than anything else.

Fuller has caught 34 passes for 450 yards — 13.2 yards per reception — off 49 targets along with three touchdowns and a 69.4 catch percentage through seven starts this season.