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Will Fuller

Will Fuller

Wide Receiver #15
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 3
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 186 lb.
College:Notre Dame
Born:April 16, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 1 (21)
Draft Team:HOU

Will Fuller: Declared healthy by coach

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that Fuller has recovered from offseason groin surgery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "We're excited about having him for 16 games," O'Brien said of the wideout. "He looks as good as he's ever looked."

Analysis: With Fuller fully recovering from his January surgery, the speedy wideout -- who has yet to play a full NFL slate -- will look to stay on the field and take advantage of the opportunity presented to him by the offseason trade of DeAndre Hopkins. Though fellow deep threats Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks are also in the mix, along with slot man Randall Cobb, Fuller is a candidate to snag a good chunk of the targets vacated by Hopkins. In the process, the 2016 first-rounder has a good chance to rekindle the TD-chemistry that he's enjoyed with QB Deshaun Watson when the two have both been available.

July 31, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Will Fuller: Making progress with rehab

Fuller (sports hernia) has resumed working out, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: The typical rehab timeline for sports hernia surgery should allow Fuller to return to full strength long before NFL teams actually are able to practice. He had the procedure in mid-to-late January, back when he was still viewed as second fiddle to DeAndre Hopkins in the Houston offense. The Texans have since shipped out Hopkins and brought in Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, setting up a crowded WR room where Fuller could emerge as the new No. 1. There were hints of that ability last season, but Fuller was held back by the familiar combination of drops (five) and missed games (five), ultimately recording each of his three TDs and 32 percent of his yards in a single Week 5 matchup with Atlanta.. He also had two games with fewer than 20 snaps, so his per-game numbers look much better (72.6 yards) if those contests are removed.

April 17, 2020 7:03 AM EST

Will Fuller: Joined by Cooks in Houston

Fuller (sports hernia) will be joined by fellow deep threat Brandin Cooks in the 2020 Texans offense, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.

Analysis: Fuller and Cooks have a lot in common, including sub-4.35 speed, worrisome medical records and age (the latter is seven months older). The trade for Cooks leaves Houston with four wide receivers that have started more than 40 games in the NFL, as Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb also are on the roster. However, Stills and Fuller can become unrestricted free agents next spring, and Cooks' contract doesn't offer any guarantees or protection beyond 2020. Given the contract situations and injury histories, it isn't surprising that Bill O'Brien wants four starting-caliber receivers on his team, though he probably would've been better off with one sure thing in DeAndre Hopkins. In any case, Fuller is recovering from January surgery to repair a sports hernia, with plenty of time to rehab before the unknown start date for NFL practices.

April 10, 2020 6:50 AM EST

Will Fuller: Becomes No. 1 WR

Fuller (sports hernia) becomes the Texans top wideout after the team traded DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Hopkins trade continues to reverberate around Houston, and head coach Bill O'Brien is putting a lot of pressure on Fuller to be the No. 1 wide receiver. Fuller undoubtedly makes the Texans better -- in 2019, they were 8-3 and averaged 26.3 points per game when he played, 2-3 and 19.6 when he didn't. But it's important to remember that Hopkins was around for those games when Fuller was healthy, and keeping Fuller healthy for an entire 16-game schedule will be a challenge. Hopkins has missed just two games over seven NFL seasons, while Fuller has yet to play a full season and, on average, missed 5.5 games per season during his four-year NFL career.

April 5, 2020 4:39 AM EST

Will Fuller: Undergoes sports hernia surgery

Fuller underwent sports hernia surgery after aggravating a previous groin injury in the AFC divisional-round loss to the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: This shouldn't come as a huge surprise given the injury was serious enough to keep Fuller off the field in the team's wild-card win over the Bills, and held him to a game-time decision leading into the aforementioned loss against the Chiefs. With only one year left on his 2016 rookie deal, the Texans may attempt to re-sign the 25-year-old on a relatively team-friendly deal in the offseason thanks to his injury-prone nature.

January 25, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Will Fuller: No. 2 receiver during playoff loss

Fuller caught five of eight targets for 89 receiving yards during Sunday's 51-31 divisional round loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Returning from the groin injury that forced him to sit out Houston's preceding two contests, Fuller tied Duke Johnson for second on the team in targets while chalking up his greatest yardage output since Week 12. Missing time due to injury has unfortunately become a pattern across Fuller's professional career, as he's missed a combined 20 regular-season games since the start of 2017. When he's on the field Fuller is undoubtedly a potent downfield threat, averaging 15.1 yards per catch with 14 scores over his past three campaigns. The Notre Dame product remains under contract with Houston for one year at a cap hit of $10.2 million, and in 2020 he is set to serve as the Texans' No. 2 or 3 receiver alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills.

January 12, 2020 7:10 PM EST

Will Fuller: Active for Sunday's game

Fuller (groin) is listed as active for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Fuller will return to action after missing the Texans' last two contests and when the speedy wideout is on, he provides the team with a valuable deep threat to complement top pass-catcher DeAndre Hopkins. As the practice week wrapped up, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle suggested that Fuller isn't expected to be quite at 100 percent Sunday, so it's unclear how close to a full allotment of snaps and targets he'll see against the Chiefs, with Kenny Stills (knee) also active and a candidate to continue to see his share of added work if Fuller is limited at all.

January 12, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Will Fuller: Expected to play

Fuller (groin) is expected to play in Sunday's playoff matchup against the Chiefs, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: An official statement regarding Fuller's status likely won't come before Sunday's 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff, but this is an encouraging development nevertheless, particular since the speedy wideout missed the team's wild-card win against the Bills. Fuller was a limited participant in practice all week, so even were the 25-year-old to suit up he'd likely be hampered somewhat by the groin injury, making him a potentially risky play in daily fantasy.

January 11, 2020 9:12 AM EST

Will Fuller: Questionable for Sunday's game

Fuller (groin) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Chiefs after being limited at practice this week.

Analysis: While James Palmer of NFL Network indicated that the expectation is that Fuller -- who continues to deal with a groin injury -- will play Sunday, barring something unexpected, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle relays that the wideout still isn't 100 percent at this stage and acknowledges that ultimately his availability will be up to the team's coaching/medical staff. "That will be (coach Bill O'Brien's) decision at the end of the day. It's still bothering me some. I'm going to treat it every day." Fuller should thus be considered a game-time decision for Sunday afternoon's 3:05 ET kickoff.

January 10, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Will Fuller: Trending toward return

James Palmer of NFL Network indicates that the expectation is that Fuller (groin) is in line to play Sunday against the Chiefs barring something unexpected in advance of the contest.

Analysis: For his part, coach Bill O'Brien referred to the wideout's status as a game-time decision, while it seems destined that Fuller -- who's been practicing in a limited fashion this week -- will officially be listed as questionable by the team.

January 10, 2020 12:24 PM EST

Will Fuller: Remains limited at practice

Fuller (groin) remained limited at practice Thursday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: We'll revisit his status Friday, but so far coach Bill O'Brien has been noncommittal about Fuller's availablity for Sunday's playoff game against the Chiefs. An official "questionable" designation for that contest thus seems likely for the speedy wideout, who last played in Week 16.

January 9, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Will Fuller: Logs limited practice Wednesday

Fuller (groin) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Fuller -- who last suited up in Week 16 -- is making progress and has a chance to play in Sunday's divisional playoff game versus the Chiefs. That said, coach Bill O'Brien is noncommittal about the wideout's status at this stage of the week, with Fuller's status thus worth tracking in the coming days as a result.

January 8, 2020 3:00 PM EST

Will Fuller: Making progress

Though Fuller (groin) is progressing in the right direction, coach Bill O'Brien noted Monday that the wideout has "another few stages" he has to pass before he's cleared to play in a game, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously reported that the Texans expect to have Fuller back Sunday against the Chiefs, barring a setback, but O'Brien's comments Monday suggest that such an outcome is not a lock. If, however, Fuller is able to return to action this weekend, he'd provide the team with a valuable deep threat alongside DeAndre Hopkins, while DeAndre Carter would likely see a diminished role.

January 6, 2020 8:19 AM EST

Will Fuller: Expected back for divisional round

The Texans expect to have Fuller (groin) available for their Jan. 12 divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fuller missed his second consecutive game in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in the wild-card round, as his groin injury prevented him from practicing on anything more than a limited basis leading up the contest. Houston is optimistic that Fuller will be able to increase his activity during the upcoming week, so unless he experiences a setback while preparing for the matchup with the Chiefs, the 25-year-old should be ready to reclaim his usual role as one of the Texans' starting wideouts. Houston received little production from its receivers behind top option DeAndre Hopkins in the wild-card win, as Kenny Stills, DeAndre Carter and Keke Coutee combined for five receptions for 51 yards on seven targets.

January 5, 2020 7:06 AM EST

Will Fuller: Inactive Saturday

Fuller (groin) is officially inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills.

Analysis: With Fuller out, the Texans figure to lean heavily on DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills on Saturday, with DeAndre Carter and Keke Coutee also in the team's wide receiver mix against Buffalo.

January 4, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Will Fuller: Out for playoff opener

Fuller (groin) has been ruled out for Saturday's wild-card game against the Bills, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Things were trending in this direction, so it will now be key for Kenny Stills to step it up while DeAndre Hopkins and Buffalo's Tre'Davious White have what could be an epic battle all afternoon.

January 4, 2020 9:26 AM EST

Will Fuller: Likely ruled out

Fuller (groin) is not expected to play Saturday against the Bills, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: News began to circulate Friday that Fuller would ultimately not take the field, and per Wilson, it's almost a certainty the speedy wideout will miss Saturday's contest. The Texans have yet to officially rule out Fuller, but that information will likely come closer to the 4:35 ET kickoff. Expect DeAndre Carter to operate as the No. 3 wide receiver along with Keke Coutee, while Kenny Stills will act as the second receiver opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

January 4, 2020 8:11 AM EST

Will Fuller: Game-time decision Saturday

Fuller (groin) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills after logging limited practices this week.

Analysis: Official confirmation of the wideout's status will arrive approximately 90 minutes prior to Saturday afternoon's 4:35 ET kickoff, but Fuller is viewed by coach Bill O'Brien as a game-time decision for the contest, while James Palmer of NFL Network relays that he's been "told by multiple sources that it's going to be a real long shot for Fuller to play." If the speedy pass catcher ends up ruled out this weekend, Kenny Stills -- who does not carry an injury designation -- would be in line to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

January 2, 2020 1:42 PM EST

Will Fuller: Remains limited at practice

Fuller (groin) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: We'll circle back on Fuller's status Thursday to see if he can upgrade to full practice participation, but if not, he's likely to be officially listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff contest against the Bills. The same applies to fellow wideout Kenny Stills (knee).

January 1, 2020 1:47 PM EST

Will Fuller: Listed as limited

Fuller (groin) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: It was reported Monday that Fuller was making progress, and he took another step in the right direction Tuesday, taking the practice field after sitting out all last week. It's still not clear whether or not he will play Saturday against the Patriots, but a full practice at some point in the next two days would presumably clear the road for him to do so.

December 31, 2019 1:24 PM EST

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