Fiedorowicz did not participate in Tuesday's OTA due to an undisclosed issue, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The nature of Fiedorowicz's current issue in unclear, but it's unlikely that he's dealing with any sort of severe injury at this point in the offseason. He figures to once again lead the tight end corps in Houston upon his return, but Ryan Griffin may see additional reps while Fiedorowicz watches from the sideline in the short term.
Fiedorowicz capped off the finest season of his three-year career with his fifth touchdown catch. Pigeonholed as a blocking tight end the first two years of his NFL career, Fiedorowicz busted out with 89 targets, 54 receptions, 559 yards and four touchdowns over 15 regular-season games. His elevation as a target was borne out of necessity, as quarterback Brock Osweiler's rapport with his wideouts was fleeting. Osweiler still has one guaranteed year left on his contract and is the presumed starter next year. If the timing problems with wideouts DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller persist, Fiedorowicz has now proven he can handle a larger role.
As has been the case all season,
Fiedorowicz caught two of seven targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 24-17 loss to Tennessee in Week 17.
The touchdown was the first in seven games for Fiedorowicz, who finished the 2016 regular season with a career-high four scores. His breakthrough year wasn't only limited to touchdowns -- he had career highs in targets (89), receptions (54) and yards (559). Labelled as a blocking tight end his first two seasons with the Texans, Fiedorowicz became a bigger part of the passing attack early in the season when quarterback Brock Osweiler failed to develop consistency outside the numbers to his wideouts. Obviously, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien would like to have seen better chemistry between his quarterback and wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, but he unearthed a viable receiving threat at the tight end position. If the Texans can figure out their downfield attack, Fiedorowicz will have more room to work in the short-to-medium level in 2017.
Fiedorowicz returned to action after missing one game due to a concussion and led the
|P1||8/9/17||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|2||9/14/17||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/29/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/17||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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