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
Fiedorowicz (concussion) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Bengals.
Fiedorowicz will thus be back in action this week, providing QB Tom Savage with a useful weapon in the passing game against a Cincinnati defense that has tended to have issues containing tight ends this season.
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