Fiedorowicz caught his lone target for a seven-yard gain in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
According to Pro Football Focus, Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffen each got nine snaps on the first-team offense, with Stephen Anderson (five) and Jay Prosch (three) also chipping in. Despite being listed atop the depth chart, Fiedorowicz will likely split snaps with Griffin and/or Anderson in a Bill O'Brien offense that rarely targets its tight ends the past two years.
Fiedorowicz caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers.
Listed atop the initial preseason depth chart, Fiedorowicz was the only tight end to receive a target from starting quarterback Brock Osweiler. No matter, he could face competition for snaps and targets from both Ryan Griffin and UDFA Stephen Anderson. The Texans didn't make much use of their tight ends in the passing game the past two years, and they appear to have their best group of wideouts in the Bill O'Brien era.
Fiedorowicz has made improvements in the passing game, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. "He's actually improved a lot in the passing game and in the intermediate passing game. We've done some things down the field with him. He's in really good shape. He's healthy. He has made a lot of improvement," said O'Brien.
Fiedorowicz has sparked a lot of talk during training camp from the coaching staff, who feel he's developing more reliable hands and has improved his route running. Still, the Texans haven't used their tight ends much the last two seasons and there's going to be only so many targets to go around for Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin, and possibly Stephen Anderson.
Fiedorowicz has impressed Houston tight ends coach John Perry, who told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, "He's a little underrated as a pass-catcher just because maybe all the stats aren't there. One of the things I always point out he very rarely doesn't catch the ball. He's got a great catch radius. He's an effective guy that way."
While Fiedorowicz improved from four catches (seven targets) in his rookie season to catching 17 of his 24 targets in 2015, it's hard to envision him gaining a bigger receiving role going forward, particularly with the offseason makeover the Texans' offense underwent. Ryan Griffin, who was limited to nine games last season, is the leading threat as a receiver from the position. If Griffin's healthy, Fiedorowicz's targets will likely decrease in 2016.
C.J. Fiedorowicz caught two of three targets for 14 yards in Houston's 30-6 win over Jacksonville in Week 17.
The two catches matched Fiedorowicz's production in the previous four games. He finishes the regular season with 17 catches on 24 targets for 167 yards and a touchdown in 16 games. He's still very much the blocking tight end.
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