HOUSTON — Two weeks ago, Will Fuller’s career with the Houston Texans was in jeopardy. Prior to the trade deadline, the Texans placed Fuller on the trading block and came close to sending the 26-year-old wideout to the Green Bay Packers.
The two organizations could not come to an agreement for his services, and the Notre Dame prodigy remained in Houston.
During the Texans’ 27-25 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fuller played a vital role in helping Houston record their second victory of the season. He caught all five of his targets for 100 yards and a 77-yard touchdown reception at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday.
His performance pushed him ahead of DeAndre Hopkins (21) for the most touchdown receptions in team history by a player in their first 50 games. And he joined Chiefs’ receiver Tyreek Hill as the only player in the league to register at least a touchdown reception in six of their first eight games of the season over the past two years.
Following the game, Romeo Crennel called Fuller “a tremendous receiver” while citing his performance as the reason why he would only take “deluxe nuts” in a potential trade. But as Fuller expressed his gratitude to continue his career in Houston, he could not help but reflect on the negative of being shopped around.
“To be honest, it sucked being shopped around like that,” Fuller said. “[I’ve given] this organization my all and coming to work every day. I’m a very unselfish player and do everything they asked. To be shopped around, I did feel a certain type of way.”
Quarterback Deshaun Watson made it transparent that he did not appreciate having Fuller on the trading block. Watson said he is glad to continue playing alongside Fuller while stating it would’ve been hell if they move on from the receiver.
Fuller is playing on the last year of his rookie contract and is on track to have his best season to date. With a total of 590 yards, he is in reach of posting the first 1,000 receiving yards of his career. But most importantly, his health has sustained the wear and tear of the season appearing in all eight games thus far.
If Fuller continues to surpass expectations, the Texans will have another crucial decision to make on their former first-round draft pick (2016) this upcoming offseason. Fuller will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021 and has already expressed his interest in playing for the Texans beyond this season.
“I want to be here. I love playing the game here. I love playing with DeShaun [Watson]. I got drafted here and been here my whole career, so I love it here. Just continuing to score every game and doing my best to help the team win. Hopefully, we can keep stacking the wins.” — Fuller
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