Roughly one year ago, the Arizona Cardinals robbed the Houston Texans of one of their most-talented players. DeAndre Hopkins, a superstar wide receiver, was traded to Arizona in a deal that shocked NFL observers. Fans of the Texans were flabbergasted that their team could give up on a pass-catcher who has been among the league’s best for the last eight seasons.
Last Monday, the Cards acquired an outstanding defensive end who had spent his entire 10-year pro career with Houston. J.J. Watt, who had been released by the Texans on February 12th, had followed Hopkins to the desert. Could the Cardinals add any more individuals to their roster who’ve suited up for the AFC South franchise?
There’s actually another Texans wideout who would be a good fit for Arizona’s “Air Raid” offense. Will Fuller, a sixth-year veteran, is scheduled to hit the free agent market on March 17th. The Cards have a hole at the wide receiver position that could very well be filled with the acquisition of the former first-round draft pick.
Fuller has put up solid numbers for Houston since he was drafted by the club back in 2016. Much to his benefit, the 6’0,184 pounder is coming off of the best performance of his professional career. In 11 starts last fall, Fuller hauled in 53 passes for 879 yards and eight touchdowns for the Texans.
In 53 NFL games (52 starts), Fuller has registered 209 receptions, 3,110 receiving yards and 24 scores for Houston. The 26-year old is a speedster who can stretch the field, averaging a healthy 14.9 yards per catch during his time in the league. Fuller set a career-high in that category last season, when he averaged a healthy 16.6 yards per reception.
The biggest knock on Fuller has been his inability to stay healthy. Then, this past November, the Notre Dame University product was suspended by the league office for using performance-enhancing drugs. Fuller was forced to sit out the final five contests of the 2020 campaign, and will also miss this year’s regular-season opener because of the infraction.
Hopkins was magnificent for the Cardinals last fall, making the Pro Bowl in his first year with the organization. Watt is expected to achieve great success with the Redbirds as well. Perhaps Fuller will be the next Texans employee to make his way to the Valley of the Sun.