Fuller Comes Up Big In Return

Will Fuller V caught 7 passes after missing the last three games

Adam Spolane
November 22, 2019 - 1:21 am
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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- After a hamstring injury cost him three games, Will Fuller V returned to the field Thursday and made his presence felt in the Texans 20-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium.

Fuller caught seven passes for 140 yards. Two of his catches went for over 40 yards. 

"It was good to have him back," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He made some plays for us."

Fuller caught a seven-yard pass on the Texans first drive of the night, and caught two passes on the Texans possession in the second quarter that resulted in the team's first touchdown of the night, but it was after halftime when the big plays came. He had catches of 44 and 51 yards, giving the Texans a big play threat they lacked during last week's loss in Baltimore. 

“He's one of the fastest guys in the NFL," Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "I think that speaks for itself, the way he can stretch the field and make plays like he did today. Will's a great guy, came back from injury, made plays for us when we needed him today, to have that 1-2 punch is awesome.”

Hopkins was a big beneficiary of Fuller's return. He caught two touchdown passes Thursday after hauling in just one in the three games Fuller missed. Both went for at least 30-yards and he had single coverage on both.

"(Fuller) just opens up a lot of different things. His speed, his route running. You have to respect him." Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said.

Now that Fuller is back on the field with Hopkins and Kenny Stills, Watson, who threw for 298 yards Thursday night is even more excited about what he has to work with.

"Those three are I think the best trio in the league and when those guys are playing at a high level, it makes my job a lot easier."

Fuller has shown flashes during his four seasons in the NFL, but injuries have kept him from being as productive as he could be, but Thursday once again showed how valuable he can be when he's on field.

"He's a big part of the offense," O'Brien said. "He's a really, he's obviously very fast, but he's a very good route runner. Sometimes really fast guys, they're not the best route runners. This guy's got both. He can run great routes and he's got great speed. The issue with Will has always been just, can he be healthy? So he's always worked hard to stay healthy and any time we have had a healthy Will, I think if you look back over since he's been here, he's been a very productive guy. He's made chunk plays for us, touchdowns, and he's a great player. And when we get him as a part of our offense it really helps us and it opens up a lot of different things.”