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TE Jordan Thomas "probably needs to be in there more"

Jordan Thomas only caught two passes in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

According to his head coach, that might have to change.

The rookie tight end finished with 53 receiving yards at NRG Stadium in Week 3. He went without a reception at Tennessee, and had a 27-yarder at New England. 26.7 yards per catch is something the Texans offense, or any offense for that matter, could use more.

"He's done a good job, and he probably needs to be in there more," Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Big guy that can run. He used to be a wide receiver. He's got really good hands."

For the second week in a row, Thomas was on the field with Ryan Griffin in a two-tight end set to start the game. On the contest's first drive, he caught a short pass from a scrambling Deshaun Watson, and raced 39 yards up the right sideline to get the Texans inside the 10.

He'd repeat that feat later in the game, getting the Texans offense to the 8-yard line after picking up 14 yards on a pass play in the third quarter.

Thomas had a bit of trouble describing what happened on his 39-yarder.

"It just happened," Thomas said. "I can't even really explain it. It happened so quick. I saw the ball come my way and I just tried to make a play. I was just trying to get what I could."

Improving in pass protection, as well as blocking in the run game are adjustments for the rookie out of Mississippi State. A wide receiver with the Bulldogs, his move inside to tight end has been an adjustment.

"He's getting better as a blocker," O'Brien said. "We've got to continue to work with him."

Thomas agreed.

"I'm working every day to get better at it," Thomas said. "It's not where it needs to be, but it's good. It still needs to be improved."

Griffin has three catches this season for 63 yards. Rookie tight end Jordan Akins has five catches for 50 yards.

Check out the best photos as the Houston Texans took on the New York Giants for Week 3 of the 2018 season.

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