|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 249 lb.|
|Born:||April 19, 1992|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 3 (98)|
Akins caught 17 passes for 225 yards as a rookie in 2018.
Analysis: Akins had a relatively lackluster year as a pass catcher after joining the Texans as a third-round pick in last year's draft. He operated as a No. 3 tight end behind Ryan Griffin and Jordan Thomas for much of the year which limited his snaps. He could see an uptick in play time in 2019 if he's able to round into form and build on the potential that made him such a day two selection in the draft.
Akins caught two of three targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Akins, who led Houston's tight ends in receiving Sunday, received more snaps than fellow rookie Jordan Thomas, something that hadn't happened since Week 4. The position group, which has been largely ignored all season, will take on a higher profile in the coming weeks after Demaryius Thomas suffered a season-ending Achilles injury.
Akins is capable of playing both slot and wide receiver if the Texans need that. "Jordan's a very versatile guy. There's no doubt about that. Obviously, he's a tight end, but you saw him [Sunday] - he lined up out wide, he lines up in the slot, he lines up in the backfield. Very smart guy, can do a lot of different things," said coach Bill O'Brien.
Analysis: Akins' ability to play off the line of scrimmage could come in handy for the Texans, who are dealing with injuries to Keke Coutee (hamstring) and DeAndre Carter (concussion) as they prepare for Week 15 against the Jets on Saturday.
Akins caught both of his targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Quarterback Deshaun Watson has increased the use of the tight ends in recent weeks and targeted the three-man group of Akins, Ryan Griffin and Jordan Thomas 11 times in the loss. Houston is dealing with injuries at wideout, which could lead to similar targeting Week 15 against the Jets. Of the three, Griffin leads in targets while Thomas is the touchdown leader.
Akins caught one 13-yard pass during Sunday's 29-13 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Akins has now been targeted seven times over his past four games following just 11 targets in his first eight games. He hasn't been able to produce much during his rookie season, but the Texans have an interesting tight-end room, all three targets have produced equally modestly, with between 13 and 15 catches and 152 and 203 yards among the each of the three of them. Akins brings up the bottom on both those stats, but the fact remains that Houston hasn't utilized the tight end much this season. Don't expect that to change Sunday against an average Indy pass defense.
Akins did not catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 19-17 win over Denver.
Analysis: With the Texans caught short at wide receiver, all of Houston's tight ends got significant playing time. Akins bought up rear in snap count at 36, behind Ryan Griffin (47) and Jordan Thomas (39). His three targets, however, led the position group and equaled the number of targets he had over the previous four games. Houston has its bye week coming up, which will give Keke Coutee (hamstring) time to heal heading into Week 11 against Washington. Whenever Coutee returns, we expect Akins' playing time to take a hit.
Akins and fellow tight end Jordan Thomas will fill in for Ryan Griffin (illness, out) on Thursday against the Dolphins, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The rookie tight end tandem filled in for Griffin last week as well and had a combined one target. Houston's coaches have talked about getting the tight end position more involved, but it just never materializes. Akins has 11 targets in seven games, and we expect a similar rate of attention Thursday. With Deshaun Watson playing through a chest injury and facing the NFL's 29th-ranked rushing defense, Houston's game plan will be about getting the ball in the hands of running back Lamar Miller.
Akins played 30 of 64 offensive snaps and was not targeted in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: If there was ever a week that Akins might breakout, it was Week 7 with Ryan Griffin (illness) inactive. Unfortunately for Akins, the Texans relied on the running game, so the coaches opted to use Jordan Thomas, the superior blocker, more than Akins. We suspect the Texans will execute a similar run-first formula in Week 8 on Thursday night against the Dolphins, who rank 29th against the run.
Akins is expected to receive more playing time with Ryan Griffin (illness) declared out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Houston's tight ends are barely perceptible in the offense, so Griffin's absence is not expected to mean much for Akins or Jordan Thomas in terms of fantasy production. Factoring in the opponent, Jacksonville, which is tied with the Baltimore as the league's top-ranked passing defense, and we could see the Texans rely heavily on the running game.
Akins caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's win over the Bills.
Analysis: Akins has caught at least one pass in every game but has no more than two in any contest. His catch percentage is fine (82 percent), but with only 11 targets through six games, Akins is not ready for a regular fantasy role.
Akins caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 19-16 overtime win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Akins and fellow rookie tight end Jordan Thomas have been afterthoughts in the offensive attack. The duo have combined for 18 targets over the first five games. Starter Ryan Griffin is the most attractive tight end option on the roster, but the position group as a whole lags behind the wideouts and backs.
Akins caught two of three targets for 24 yards in Houston's Week 4 overtime win over Indianapolis on Sunday.
Analysis: Texans' tight ends accounted for the four of quarterback Deshaun Watson's 42 dropbacks -- Ryan Griffin had the other. From week to week, the leader among the three tight ends has changed, making it difficult for fantasy owners to pinpoint one. Additionally, Watson has primarily focused on the wide receivers, so even on a high volume passing team, the tight ends are given little chance to produce.
Akins caught his lone target for 18 yards in Week 3's loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Akins has caught all five targets this season, but trails the position group with 50 yards through three games. His 18-yard catch Sunday was his longest of the season.
Akins caught both of his targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Titans in Week 2.
Analysis: Akins led Houston's tight ends in receiving yards Sunday and is the position group's leader in catches and yards through the first two weeks. He's caught all four of his targets for 32 yards over the first two weeks.
Akins caught both of his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Patriots in Week 1.
Analysis: Houston's tight ends combined for three catches on nine targets as quarterback Deshaun Watson never resembled the dynamo we saw in his six-game run as a starter in 2017. Starter Ryan Griffin did not have a catch in five targets while Jordan Thomas caught one of two for 27 yards. The pecking order will likely remain the same heading into Week 2 against the Titans, but that Griffin and Watson were so out of sync Week 1, Akins is on our watch list.
Akins brought in both of his targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 17-10 preseason win over the Chiefs on Thursday.
Analysis: The 2018 third-round pick made quite the splash in his NFL debut, connecting with backup quarterback Brandon Weeden for both of Houston's touchdowns. Akins is the rare 26-year-old rookie, having played minor-league baseball for several years. Despite the advanced age for a first-year player, he has an opportunity for a solid amount of playing time in the coming season if he can continue generating the caliber of performance he provided Thursday -- the team doesn't have any locks at the position behind starter Ryan Griffin. Akins will look to prove his opening act was no fluke when the Texans face off with the 49ers a week from Saturday in their second exhibition game.
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