Houston Texans 2014 Training Camp Profile: CJ Fiedorowicz

By Tyler McMullen
Houston Texans TE CJ Fiedorowicz
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The Houston Texans allowed TE Owen Daniels to move on to the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, leaving a void at the tight end position on their roster. Houston does have TE Garrett Graham, who played well last season collecting 49 receptions for 545 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games (11 starts), but Houston lacked a dominant tight end to pair with Graham this season as the team tends to enjoy using double tight sets.

Entering the 2014 NFL Draft, the team could have targeted any of the top tight end prospects not named Eric Ebron, so Houston decided to use its third-round pick on TE CJ Fiedorowicz of Iowa.

At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Fiedorowicz is a big bodied tight end who can work in the middle of the field for Houston while Graham works as the seam threat and out of the slot. Fiedorowicz was one of the draft’s top blocking tight ends and possesses the strength to get it done (25 reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Combine).

His big frame gives him the confidence to go over the middle and use his body to shield defenders from the football, while also taking bone-crushing hits from linebackers and safeties. He is about as fearless as it gets from the tight end position. Not to mention he’s quite reliable in that he has a great catch radius due to his length but has some very soft hands for a big man.

He is not a seam threat, however. He lacks the ideal long speed and will not blow anyone away with quickness or agility from sideline-to-sideline. He could also improve his blocking ability by attempting to work towards the second level more when run blocking. He will be asked to do so for RB Arian Foster this season to seal off the edge and keep those linebackers from getting to the veteran back’s body.

Fiedorowicz will likely see the field a ton this season working as the in-line blocking tight end and red zone target. He will have to compete with Graham and young Ryan Griffin for targets, however. Expect Houston to use all three tight ends to their advantage this season.

Tyler McMullen is a Miami Dolphins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook, and add him to your Google network.

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