Houston Texans: Jordan Thomas is the right weapon for the right time

Houston Texans tight end Jordan Thomas (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Texans tight end Jordan Thomas (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Houston Texans tight end Jordan Thomas is on the mend and is back on the gridiron. He’s the right weapon for the right time. What’s the latest with him?

The Houston Texans were able to get a badly-needed win over the Indianapolis Colts this past Thursday, ensuring their leadership in the AFC South for now.  This game was pivotal to win as if there were tiebreaker implications down the stretch, having dropped the series would’ve put the Colts at an advantage.

The race is still tight for the division and it appears that it’s going to be between the Houston Texans, Colts and Tennessee Titans, who had an impressive 42-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, a division rival, yesterday.

The Houston Texans are in control of their destiny and outside of the game against the New England Patriots this Sunday, it’s very possible that they could run the table for the rest of the way but that’s why you play the games.  We’ll have to see about that.

But the Houston Texans got some great news plus they were able to welcome a valued offensive weapon back into the fray.

Tight end Jordan Thomas, who had been on the injured reserve list since the preseason, was lifted off the shelf and was designated to return.

A myriad of injuries that stymied his development in his second season in the NFL has pushed his seasonal debut to just this past Thursday.

Thomas strained his hamstring when he arrived at training camp and then cracked a rib in a preseason bout with the Los Angeles Rams, warranting a trip to the IR.

Despite the challenges that he’s faced, he’s battling back and with him on board, Deshaun Watson has another toy in his offensive box to throw to keep putting points on the board.

The Houston Texans are currently ranked 7th in offensive yards per game (381.6) and 11th in

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points per game (24.1) so although these numbers have slightly fallen after their 41-7 debacle against the Baltimore Ravens a week ago, Thomas will be weapon to ensure the offense stays in the red zone.

The 2018 sixth-round pick out of Mississippi State did get to play Colts Thursday night but did not record any stats in his time in the game but I think that will change in short order, especially with the team needing to throw everything they can at the Pats this coming Sunday.

The Pats will be gunning for Darren Fells — who is having a terrific season by the way — and sliding Thomas into the rotation will help the versatility of the offense and his speed, strength and his improved ability to block will help his case to get back into the rotation once again.  Jordan Akins is coming into his own as well so Thomas is a terrific complement to both of his counterparts.

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I’m hoping for the best but I think we’re going to see more of Thomas starting with this coming Sunday.

Thomas, 23, caught 20 balls for 215 — 10.8 yards per catch — along with four touchdowns and a 74.1 percent catch rate in all 16 games — 10 starts — last season.