Houston Texans star wide receiver Will Fuller is having a career year, but his season has officially come to an end because of a suspension.
Fuller revealed on Instagram Monday that he has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He explained in the post that he took a prescribed medication that he did not know was included on the NFL’s banned substance list.
The Texans have five games remaining in the season, so Fuller will also miss the first game of 2021. He may have played his last game with Houston, as he is set to become a free agent this offseason.
Fuller has caught 53 passes for 879 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The 26-year-old was set to cash in with a huge contract in free agency, but his suspension could complicate the situation.
Will Fuller has long been one of Deshaun Watson’s favorite targets on the Houston Texans, so it’s no surprise the quarterback had a strong reaction to recent trade rumors involving the wide receiver.
Watson made very clear Sunday that he would not have been happy had the Texans traded Fuller, as they were rumored to be looking into prior to last week’s trade deadline.
“There would’ve been hell,” Watson said of a possible Fuller trade, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
One has to wonder if the Texans took that on board when considering whether or not to trade Fuller. The team was said to be in discussions with the Packers about a Fuller deal, but it fell apart on account of Green Bay, not Houston.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller has been one of the biggest names on the trade market heading into Tuesday afternoon’s deadline, and there have been multiple reports that the Green Bay Packers are interested. A deal is starting to sound unlikely, however.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports that there has been disagreement among the Packers’ front office about whether or not acquiring a top wide receiver as a potential rental would be worthwhile.
Fuller is set to become a free agent after the season, so price could be an issue for Green Bay. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, no deal between the Packers and Texans is imminent because Houston wants a “very high pick, maybe even a second-rounder” for Fuller.
The Texans are 1-6 and nowhere near playoff contention, so it makes sense that they are taking calls on one of their best offensive players. Fuller himself sent a funny tweet on Tuesday as the deadline approached.
Fuller has 31 catches for 490 yards and five touchdowns in seven games this season. His biggest issue in the past has been health, but the 26-year-old is on pace to set career highs across the board if he can avoid a significant injury.
Will Fuller is a player who is generating buzz ahead of next week’s NFL trade deadline, and the Green Bay Packers are among the teams that are interested in the star wide receiver.
While no deal is imminent, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports that the Packers have inquired about Fuller. However, the price tag could be an issue.
Teams like the Packers may be hoping they can pry Fuller away from Houston at a discount, as the Texans are 1-6 and nowhere near playoff contention. However, Fuller is now the focal point of Houston’s passing game with DeAndre Hopkins having been traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
Fuller has 31 catches for 490 yards and five touchdowns in seven games this season. His biggest issue in the past has been health, but the 26-year-old is on pace to set career highs across the board if he can avoid a significant injury. Deshaun Watson would almost certainly be upset if the Texans trade his best receiver after they parted ways with Hopkins during the offseason.
Aaron Rodgers is putting together an MVP-caliber season this year, but he could use another weapon. Davante Adams drew 16 targets in Green Bay’s win over the Texans last weekend. He turned those targets into 13 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns, but adding a talented deep threat like Fuller would open things up even more for the Packers.
The Houston Texans got off to a fast start against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and a great play call combined with the return of Will Fuller allowed that to happen.
Deshaun Watson threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Kenny Stills on the opening drive, and the Texans utilized Fuller masterfully on the play. Facing 3rd-and-1, Watson faked a bubble screen to Fuller, and the entire Kansas City defense bit on it. That allowed Stills to streak down the field without a single defender near him.
Fuller missed the Wild Card round with a groin injury, and he has battled injuries all throughout his career. When he does play, he stretches the field and Houston’s offense is noticeably better. Fuller also caught a key pass on third down a few plays earlier to keep the drive going.
The play gave the Texans an early 7-0 lead over the Chiefs. They then forced a 3-and-out on defense and blocked a punt, returning it for a touchdown to go up 14-0.
The Houston Texans are in line to get a major boost for Sunday’s AFC Divisional game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to James Palmer of NFL Network, the Texans expect wide receiver Will Fuller to play Sunday barring a setback to his injured groin, despite Texans coach Bill O’Brien calling him a game time decision.
Quite simply, the Texans are better when Fuller plays, as he stretches defenses and forces them to deal with his speed. Houston was 8-3 when Fuller played in the regular season and 2-6 without him.
The good news is that Fuller appears to be on track based on where he was five days ago. Unless something changes in the next 48 hours, the Texans will be in fairly good shape on Sunday.
The Houston Texans struggled on offense for much of their overtime win over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, but they are expected to get a huge boost ahead of next week’s divisional round game.
Will Fuller was unable to suit up on Saturday because of a hamstring injury, but reports indicate he will be able to play against the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend.
Fuller is one of Deshaun Watson’s favorite targets, and his big-play ability helps open up more space for DeAndre Hopkins. It also allows Kenny Stills to draw less attention as the team’s No. 3 wide receiver, so having Fuller on the field makes Houston a lot more difficult to defend.
Fuller has battled numerous injuries during his four NFL seasons, but there’s no question the Texans are better when he’s healthy and playing. Houston was able to get away with only scoring 22 points against Buffalo, but next week’s game against the Chiefs could be more of a shootout.
The Houston Texans lost Sunday’s game to the Indianapolis Colts, and it appears that they’ll be losing a key member of their offense for a while as well.
Wide receiver Will Fuller suffered a “significant” hamstring strain early in Sunday’s game, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and is expected to miss multiple weeks as a result.
Fuller has been underwhelming this season with the exception of a monster Week 6 performance against Atlanta, where he made 14 catches for 217 yards and all three of his touchdowns in 2019 to date. Despite some significant struggles at other points in the year, he was still one of Deshaun Watson’s favored targets in the Houston offense, and his presence will be missed.
Week 6 saw two winless teams finally get into the win column — though one came at the expense of another hopeless franchise. It also saw some surprising and electrifying performances, while highly-touted contenders gave fans and observers some reasons to be concerned going forward.
Who disappointed in Week 6? Here are ten letdowns.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
Rivers’ stats may look good on the surface — 320 passing yards and two touchdowns — but things were much worse than that on Sunday night. Rivers buried the Chargers from the start, beginning the game with a punt and consecutive turnovers deep in their territory to give the Steelers great field position. Before they knew it, the Chargers were down 14-0. The Chargers had two punts, two turnovers (one for a touchdown on a botched swing pass/lateral) and a missed field goal in the first half. After rallying the team to within a score, Rivers ended his night with an interception on an overthrow. He really did not give his team a chance to win against a vulnerable opponent.
Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers
Another week, another setback for the former No. 1 pick. Winston turned the ball over six times against Carolina on five interceptions and one lost fumble. Not every pick was entirely his fault, but it’s symptomatic of Winston’s long-term turnover problem. He absolutely has to get these things cleaned up going forward — it’s basically impossible to win a football game when you’re responsible for six turnovers, no matter what the details of them are.
The Houston Texans had a pretty strong offensive showing on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. We can only imagine how much better things would have been if Will Fuller could actually catch the ball.
Fuller was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game — with touchdown drops, that is. He dropped one in the first quarter, another in the second, and a third in the third quarter of the game.
Fuller had five catches for 44 yards on nine targets. He probably left about 140 yards and the three TDs on the table.
Oh, what could have been. The chances were there. You need to convert when you have the opportunity.