Jordan Thomas may have replaced Ryan Griffin for Houston Texans

Tight End Jordan Thomas joined Owen Daniels as the only rookie tight ends to record touchdown receptions in back-to-back games in franchise history. During the first quarter of the Texans game with the Broncos, Thomas recorded a 7 yard touchdown.

Jordan Thomas saw his playing time increase with Griffin out last week against the Dolphins last week. With that he found the end zone two times.

Griffin is active this week for the Texans but seeing head coach Bill O’Brien go to the Mississippi State rookie in the red-zone instead of Griffin may show what is to be expected moving forward.

The Texans have also added Demaryius Thomas to their roster last week and he’s already been active in the offense.  This may be the start of the two Thomas’ making their marks in Houston.

“I think that Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins have improved every week,” O’Brien said. “I think if they can continue to have — I really just believe that it’s such an improvement league. I think if you can really put your mind to the fact that if you can really try to get better every single day, that you’re going to end up being pretty good.

“They’re taking it one day at a time, they’re improving and hopefully that continues because, obviously, we’re going to need them down the stretch.”

A former baseball outfielder and standout for the UCF Golden Knights, Akins was drafted in the third-round to help give quarterback Deshaun Watson a viable receiving option moving forward. The 26-year-old rookie has collected nine receptions for 89 yards in eight games this season.

Jordan Thomas

Originally a receiver, Jordan Thomas was transformed into a tight end during his time at Mississippi State due to his massive frame and ability to quickly gain weight. The 6-5, 277-pound tight end was a quality player in current Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen’s offense, finishing his career in Starkville with 31 receptions for 311 yards and four touchdowns over two years.

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