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John Perry is in his first season as wide receivers coach with the Houston Texans after spending three seasons coaching tight ends.

John Perry is in his first season as wide receivers coach with the Houston Texans after spending three seasons coaching tight ends.

Texans tight ends had the most productive season in franchise history in 2016. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson, an undrafted rookie, combined for 115 receptions and 1,094 yards, both single-season franchise highs, and tallied the fourth-most touchdowns in team history with seven. Perry's unit improved by NFL bests of 74 receptions and 4.6 receptions per game over its 2015 totals and finished with second-best increases in receiving yards (646) and recieving yards per game (40.4).

Under Perry's tutelage, Fiedorowicz blossomed into one of the best all-around tight ends in the league. In addition to blocking  for the NFL's eighth-best rushing offense, the third-year tight end shattered his previous career highs with 54 receptions, 559 receiving yards, 10.4 yards per reception and four touchdowns. Griffin also enjoyed the best season of his career, as he set personal bests in receptions (50) and yards (442) while matching his high in touchdowns (2).

From 2014-15, Fiedorowicz, Griffin and Garrett Graham combined for 73 receptions for 764 yards and seven touchdowns. The group also helped Houston rank fifth in the AFC and ninth in the NFL with 121.6 rushing yards per game over those two seasons. Griffin missed seven games due to injury in 2015 but scored a then-career-high two receiving touchdowns.

Before joining the Texans, Perry was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Delaware, where he mentored Trent Hurley, who led all Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) quarterbacks in passing rating (155.2) and ranked among the league leaders with 2,207 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Delaware’s offense ranked second in the CAA in scoring (32.8 points per game), third in passing (240.0 yards per game), and fourth in passing efficiency (143.84).

Prior to Delaware, Perry served as head coach at NCAA Division II Merrimack College for five seasons (2008-12) where he led the squad to a record of 29-21 and the 2009 Northeast-10 title. During his tenure, Merrimack produced six All-Americans and two Northeast-10 Conference Players of the Year.

Perry’s up-tempo, high-scoring offense was one of the best in the league for all five of his seasons on campus, as Merrimack won the Northeast-10 Championship in 2009. The team ranked second in the nation in total offense in 2012 at 525.8 yards per game and finished in the top 10 nationally in that category in 2009 (fourth), 2010 (ninth), and 2011 (seventh).

Perry also helped elevate the program to new heights, guiding former All-American LB Shawn Loiseau to the NFL, making him the first Merrimack alum to sign an NFL contract with Houston in 2012.

Perry began his coaching career as running backs coach at Northeastern in 1993 and later served as receivers coach at Brown (1994-96). He also had stops as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at New Hampshire (1997-98), offensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1999-2004), associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at Georgetown (2005), offensive coordinator at Hofstra (2006) and associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at New Hampshire (2007). He coached numerous All-Americans and NFL signees along the way, including QB Ricky Santos.

A 1992 graduate of New Hampshire, Perry enjoyed a standout career as a football and basketball player for the Wildcats. He was a four-year starter in football, served as team captain as a senior, and was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection while setting several receiving records.

Perry and his wife, Jen, have three children, Caitlin, John and Elizabeth.

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