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Jordan Thomas catches TD vs. Browns, shines in rookie season

The rookie campaign of Jordan Thomas continues to roll along in impressive fashion.

The tight end scored the Texans’ lone offensive touchdown in Sunday’s 29-13 win over Cleveland Sunday, giving Houston a double-digit lead it would never relinquish.

With 38 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, and the Texans on top 3-0, Deshaun Watson rolled to his right and found Thomas for an 11-yard scoring strike.

“Just a bootleg and one-on-one matchup with him,” Watson said. “And he won his matchup, and gave him a chance to make a play on the ball. So that's what he did. And capitalized on it.”

It was the fourth scoring grab of 2018 for Thomas, who tied Andre Johnson for the second-most touchdown catches in a season by a Texans rookie. Thomas, who was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, is also tied with two other players for the second-most touchdown catches by a rookie picked in the sixth round or later.

His description of the touchdown was modest.

“Deshaun threw the ball and I caught it,” Thomas said. “I realized it was man (coverage), I turned around and saw the ball and caught it.”

That score wrapped up a 10-play, 82-yard drive that burned 5:38 off the game clock. The Texans opened the quarter with a field goal drive that consumed 6:48. Those two scoring drives sandwiched a Cleveland 3 & out that lasted just 1:56. So by the second time the Browns offense was on the field, they were in a 10-nothing hole.

Thomas also caught two other passes in the game, finishing with three receptions for 32 yards. On the season, he has 14 catches for 176 yards. For Thomas now, the goal remains the same though.

“I just come in and do the same thing every day,” Thomas said. “That’s about it. Same mindset. Just looking forward to next week.”

He and the Texans will have Tuesday off, and will return to practice on Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. They host the Colts on Sunday at noon inside NRG Stadium.

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