Texans rookie WR Strong making late-season contribution
One week after catching the game-winning touchdown in Houston’s Week 15 win over the Indianapolis Colts, rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong continued to make an impact, catching two passes for 18 yards in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans.
Strong, who drew criticism from Houston head coach Bill O’Brien for showing up to the team’s rookie minicamp in May out of shape, was inactive for the first four games off the season.
Lately though, he’s become more involved in the offense. The 21-year-old’s four receptions over the last two weeks accounts for half of his season
“He’s really improved in practice,” O’Brien said. “He’s improved his conditioning. He’s improved his knowledge of our offense. He’s a good kid. He’s a fun, fun guy to coach. Very intense and works hard in practice. I think he’s got a good future.”
A third-round pick out of Arizona State, Strong has eight catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns in nine games this season.