Texans Expecting Will Fuller To Play A Full Season

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By SportsRadio 610
HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Since entering the NFL in 2016, only once has Will Fuller played more than 11 games.

Fuller played in 14 games his rookie season, starting in 13. 

But in the three seasons since then, he's averaging about nine games per season.

The Texans are expecting that to change in 2020. 

Quarterback Deshaun Watson says Fuller is stronger and faster. 

“Will’s going to ball out," Watson said Saturday during a conference call. "Will’s going to be one of the best receivers in the league. He came back a lot stronger, a lot faster. Will’s really good, very confident in himself and what he did over the offseason. I’m very confident in what he can do. We all are as an organization and as a team. There’s no doubt that Will can take that role and do great things with it.”

Head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien says he's excited about having Fuller for 16 games. 

“He showed up and he’s in great shape. He looks good," O'Brien said Friday. "He’s been working out and working hard. He’s excited about the season and he’s excited about our offense. We’re excited about having him for 16 games. He looks as good as he’s ever looked and that makes us happy. It makes us feel like we’re going to get off on the right foot here.”

"All he do is catch touchdowns," Hopkins said while working out with Fuller on an Instagram Live video in April. 

If Fuller plays to the level his teammates and coaches are expecting, this could be his last season in Houston. 

Fuller is playing on a $10.2 million fifth-year option, and it's likely his injury history that's kept him from being signed to a long term deal at this point. 

How much would the Texans commit to Fuller if those injury issues continue this season?

And does he out price the Texans by having a monster season?

With the DeAndre Hopkins trade, they have already shown a reluctance to pay a high price for an elite receiver, considering the price of their left tackle Laremy Tunsil and the inevitable extension for Watson.

Only Hopkins and Andre Johnson have recorded more 100-yard receiving games in Texans history than Fuller.

Fuller also stands with Hopkins and Johnson as the only Texans receivers with three touchdown catches in a game. 

"We’re excited about Will. We’re excited about the 2020 Will," O'Brien said in April ahead of the NFL Draft. "We feel like he’s really working, and like I’ve said a lot, when he’s played for us he’s made huge plays and I think he’s looking to have a really good 2020."