If you happen to watch the Houston Texans play in 2014 he might've noticed that the Texans offense didn't really utilize the tight end position like that probably should have.
In fact, the tight ends were only targeted 51 times the entire season, which would rank dead last in the entire NFL. To put it nicely, that is simply unacceptable.
The Texans absolutely have to get their tight ends were involved in the passing game in order for the entire offense to fire on all cylinders.
The tight end position is usually a safety valve for the quarterback and to think that the Texans tight ends were only targeted 51 times last season is shocking to say the least.
This could be due to the fact that they quarterback play was at times atrocious, but still even with the bad play at the quarterback position you would have thought that the tight ends would've been more involved.
C.J. Stepping Up
This could be a chance for second-year tight end C. J. Fiedorowicz to step up and solidify himself as the starting tight end for the Texans.
Fiedorowicz was drafted by the Texans organization in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the hopes of developing into their starting tight end.
Fiedorowicz only managed four catches for 28 yards and one touchdown in his rather disappointing rookie season. This would be disappointing in itself except for the fact the Texans other tight end, Garrett Graham, only managed to catch 18 passes and one touchdown.
Judging by Fiedorowicz's rookie statistics were not suggest that he is ready to take a big leap into a starting role, but he has admitted that he kind of hit the rookie wall in his first season in the NFL.
"Every rookie will say it's a grind; it's not an excuse, but I kind of started feeling it last year," said Fiedorowicz. "I came back ready to work. Brian Hoyer is doing a great job quarterbacking and he's really seeing the tight ends. We've been making strides as a group, that's given us confidence. You want to go out there and keep working hard when we're seeing the ball."
It's no secret that head coach Bill O'Brien's offense is complex and for a rookie to come in and be able to pick up the playbook and learn all the intricacies of the game plan is a lot to ask.
Having a full off-season to be of to prepare could help Fiedorowicz to not only have a better grasp of the playbook but to prepare himself both mentally and physically for the upcoming 2015 season.
"There was so much learning last year," said Fiedorowicz. "You come up to the huddle and there's three or four things. You got to know the protection, you got to know where to line up, read the safeties, see what kind of coverage it is. There is just so much going through my head where I wasn't able to play fast. I noticed already this OTA session, I'm going out there and when I see it I'm going fast. The quarterbacks are really seeing us right now, so were all excited."
Being a little bit more comfortable with the offense and knowing what to do should help Fiedorowicz be more productive in his second season with the Texans. The key now is to build up that knowledge and become consistent down after down.
"I would like to see very consistent play," said head coach Bill O'Brien. "I'd like to see him really do a good job blocking. I think he's a very good blocker. When he really puts his mind to it, he's able to go out there and know his assignment and know what to do. He's a very good blocking tight end and I think he can help us in the passing game. I think he can run different routes that we need the tight ends to run. I know that these quarterbacks really like throwing to the tight ends, so they're working hard with him and the other tight ends in the passing game."
If Fiedorowicz can become more consistent in his play in both his blocking for the running game and in the passing game, his production should not only increase, but help the overall offense.
At 6'5" tall and 265 pounds, Fiedorowicz has a size to not only held at the point of attack as a blocking tight end, but the weapon in the passing game for the Texans. That of course all depends on whether or not Fiedorowicz can become a more consistent player and raises level play to the next level.
The Houston Texans offense could surely use more production out of the tight end position and C. J. Fiedorowicz's development could be a key factor in how the entire tight end position performs in the upcoming 2015 season.
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