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Fuller V makes "tough" catches, learns on returns

In the Texans' first three wins of 2015, Will Fuller, V made a big impact.

In October and most of November, his contributions were limited by a hamstring injury that nagged at the rookie.

But on Sunday against the Chargers, the 2016 first rounder came up with 60 receiving yards on four catches.

"I thought he played well yesterday," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "Receiving-wise, he made some really nice catches. Some tough catches. I thought he played well."

Fuller pulled in a Brock Osweiler pass in the second quarter for 33 yards, and it took the Texans down to the San Diego 6-yard line. Three plays later they were in the end zone for their lone touchdown of the afternoon.

Fuller has 30 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns this year.

The rookie from Notre Dame also returned three punts Sunday for 27 yards, and got some valuable learning

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in the absence of the injured Tyler Ervin.

"He can do a little bit better back there on the punt return deal," O'Brien said. "I really wanted Will back there because obviously in the Tennessee game he really gave us a big boost there with a touchdown return. In this game, I thought there was a lot that he could learn from."

On the season, Fuller's averaging 18.5 yards per punt return. His 67-yard score against the Titans in Week 4 is the team's longest punt return of 2016.

Ervin was hurt in the loss to the Raiders in Mexico City, and won't play this week at Green Bay because of the ribs injury. O'Brien added on Monday that outside linebacker John Simon's chest injury will also keep him from playing against the Packers.

The head coach expects both players, however, to return to game action before the season concludes.


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