WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — As a first-round pick last season for a Houston Texans team that was working on revamping its offense, there were lofty expectations on Will Fuller. He was set playing at that level, but quickly realized just how difficult the transition from being a top college wide receiver to succeeding in the NFL can be.
“It was tough. Being a rookie is tough,” Fuller said. “It’s like I just put myself in a shell and just put my head down and [was] just working as hard as I could and just trying to prove myself. I feel like this year I’m just trying to have more fun with it and I can tell already that it’s a lot more fun for me.”
Fuller had a strong start to his rookie season, with games of 107 and 104 receiving yards to open the year. He could not sustain that historic pace, finishing the season with 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns. Though he said he was hoping for more after his fast start, he ended the year ranked fifth among rookies in catches and third in yards.
Fuller is a really good route runner, but an area he worked to improve on this offseason is catching the ball consistently. Although Fuller had success catching deep balls early in the season, he had some big drops as the year went on. Fuller had five regular-season drops, but his biggest came at a crucial moment during the playoffs.
In the third quarter of the Texans’ divisional-round loss to the Patriots, with Houston trailing 24-13, Fuller dropped a would-be touchdown on a perfect pass from quarterback
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