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Breakfast: Aiming for return game explosiveness


Look for more Will Fuller in the return game over the second half of the season.

The rookie receiver took a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the Week 4 win over the Titans. On the year he's returned three punts for an average of 28 yards per return.

"Will, as much as we can try to get him involved, we want to do that," special teams coordinator Larry Izzo said. "Early in the year, he was more involved then he had the big return against Tennessee. Then he got

nicked up a little bit with the hamstring so his availability to us was minimized. Moving forward, I'd love to see him with the ball in his hands."

Fellow rookie Tyler Ervin's led the way with 19 returns for an average of 8.3 yards per.  On kickoffs he's averaged 21.8 yards per return.

"Not to take anything away from Tyler because Tyler has done a nice job, but we'd like to improve obviously our kick return production," Izzo said. "But as far as decision making and protecting the ball, other than the New England game, he's done a steady job and he's a tough kid. He works hard, he takes a lot of pride in it and he's also helping us on coverage units as well."

But Izzo said a third rookie might soon emerge as a returner in receiver Braxton Miller.

"Braxton has a lot of ability as well," Izzo said. "We just have to clean some things up with him. It's a long season. I expect him to start showing some improvements so we can take advantage of what he has to offer."

The Texans return to the practice field on Monday after breaking last Wednesday for the bye week. They'll face the Jaguars in Jacksonville this Sunday.


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