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Sean Ryan enters his first season as quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans after spending last year coaching wide receivers.

Sean Ryan enters his first season as quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans after spending last year coaching wide receivers.

In his first season with the Texans in 2016, Ryan served as the wide receivers coach and oversaw one of the youngest wideout corps in the NFL. WR DeAndre Hopkins, the lone receiver on the roster with more than one year of experience entering the season, led the team with 78 receptions for 954 yards and four touchdowns en route to passing Andre Johnson for the most receiving yards by a Texans player in the first four years of his career (4,487).

Under Ryan's tutelage, Texans rookie receivers started an NFL-high 19 games in 2016 and amassed 66 receptions for 809 yards and three touchowns – all of which marked the second-highest totals by rookie wideouts in franchise history. WR Will Fuller V debuted with five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in the season opener, making him the first rookie first-round draft choice since 1984 to post 100 yards in a season opener. Fuller V's 47 receptions and 635 receiving yards were the third-highest season totals by a rookie reciever in franchise history, and his yardage total marked the third-most in the NFL among rookie wideouts. 

Prior to joining the Texans, Ryan spent nine years (2007-15) with the New York Giants and helped them to victories in Super Bowl XLII (2007) and Super Bowl XLVI (2011.) During his time in New York, he served as an offensive quality control (2007-09), wide receivers (2010-11, 2014-15) and quarterbacks (2012-13) coach.

Under Ryan in 2015, Giants wide receivers combined for 211 receptions for 2,855 yards and 26 touchdowns. WR Odell Beckham Jr. was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year after tying a franchise single-season record with 13 receiving touchdowns. He finished with the second-most receptions (96) and receiving yards (1,450) in a season in team history. In addition, Rueben Randle set a single-season career-high with eight receiving touchdowns.

In 2014, Ryan was instrumental in the rapid development of Beckham, who became the first Giants player selected as the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year in the 58-year history of the award. In just 12 games, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns – all franchise rookie records. He also set NFL records for most catches and yards in the first 12 games to start a career. Beckham's 91 receptions are tied with Denver’s Eddie Royal (2008) for the third-highest total in NFL history for a rookie.

Ryan was the Giants’ quarterbacks coach in 2012-13. In his first season working with Ryan, Eli Manning was selected to play in his third Pro Bowl after completing 321-of-536 passes (59.9%) for 3,948 yards, 26 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 87.2. He threw a then-career-high five touchdown passes in the 2012 season-ending victory over Philadelphia.

Giants wide receivers were productive in their first two seasons under Ryan (2010-11). In 2011, the unit helped the Giants set a franchise record with 4,734 net passing yards. WR Victor Cruz, who did not have a career reception entering the season, caught 82 passes for a franchise-record 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. WR Hakeem Nicks caught 76 passes for a career-high 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. Cruz and Nicks became the first receivers in team history to have more than 1,000 yards in the same season.

The wide receivers played impressively in 2010, their first season with Ryan as their coach. Nicks led the Giants with 79 receptions for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing three games due to injury. WR Mario Manningham added 60 receptions for 944 yards and nine touchdowns as he and Nicks became the first pair of Giants with at least nine touchdown catches in a season since 1967.

Ryan joined the Giants coaching staff in 2007 and served his first three seasons with the team as the offensive quality control coach.

In 2006, Ryan was the recruiting coordinator, running backs coach and head coach of the junior varsity at Harvard University.

Prior to his year at Harvard, Ryan was as an assistant coach at Columbia University for three seasons (2003-05). In 2003 and 2004, he was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator. The following season, he coached the quarterbacks.

Before coaching at Columbia, Ryan spent two years (2001-02) as a graduate assistant at Boston College, where he worked primarily with the wide receivers. The Eagles won bowl games in each of those seasons, beating Georgia in the 2001 Music City Bowl and Toledo in the 2002 Motor City Bowl.

Ryan was the running backs coach at Colgate University in 2000, a graduate assistant at the University at Albany in 1998-99 and the quarterbacks coach at Siena College for a season.

Ryan played defensive back and linebacker at Hamilton College, where he graduated in 1994. He also earned a master’s in higher education administration from Albany.

A native of Hudson Falls, N.Y., Ryan was a standout football, basketball and baseball player at Hudson Falls High School.

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