(Will Fuller photos courtesy of the Houston Texans)
Talk of Fame Network
Two weeks, two games were enough to convince listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network that rookie Houston receiver Will Fuller is the real deal.
In our weekly poll last week, we asked which rookie wide receiver would have the best season and listed the four selected in the first round of the 2016 draft – Corey Coleman (Browns), Josh Doctson (Redskins), LaQuon Treadwell (Vikings) and Fuller – plus two second-rounders, Sterling Shepard (Giants) and Michael Thomas (Saints).
Fuller won with 66 percent of the vote, followed by Coleman with 13 percent and Shepard with 11. Doctson, Thomas and Treadwell were all in single digits with support.
Obviously Fuller left a favorable first impression. The Notre Dame speedster was one of only two NFL wideouts to post 100-yard receiving games in each of the first two weeks of the season, joining Stefon Diggs of the Vikings. Fuller caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Chicago and four passes for 104 yards in Week 2 against Kansas City.
Talk of Fame Network hosts Ron Borges and Rick Gosselin both cast their ballots for Shepard.
“I look at who is throwing to him as much as I do the receiver himself,” Borges said, “so I like Sterling Shepard (because of Eli Manning). Go with the proven arm as well as the unproven hands.”
All of the other rookie receivers were quiet in the first week but started making some noise in the second week. Coleman caught five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens, and Shepard caught eight passes for 117 yards against the Saints.
Coleman was the first wide receiver taken in the draft at 15, followed by Fuller at 21, Doctson at 22 and Treadwell at 23. Shepard went to the Giants on the 40th pick and Thomas to the Saints at 47. Thomas has caught 10 passes for 144 yards in his two games, Doctson has two catches for 66 yards and Treadwell is still looking for his first reception. One of Doctson’s grabs was a 56-yarder against his hometown Cowboys in Week 2.