In 2016, Will Fuller V had an NFL debut that was historic. Literally.
The Texans first-round draft pick, selected 16th overall for his speed and deep-threat receiving ability, did not disappoint. He kicked off his NFL career with back-to-back 100-yard receiving performances, becoming the first rookie in Texans history to accomplish the feat.
In Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, Fuller scored his first NFL touchdown in front of a home crowd while making five catches for a team-high 107 yards in Houston’s 23-14 win. Late in the third quarter on third-and-4, Fuller caught a pass for a 27-yard gain to extend the Texans drive. Six plays later, Fuller scored on a spectacular 18-yard catch-and-run. Fuller became the first rookie first-round draft choice with 100 receiving yards in a season opener in 32 years. The last player to do so was Steelers wide receiver Louis Lipps (9/2/84).
Fuller followed up the season opener with an encore. Facing the Kansas Chiefs at home, for the first time since a disappointing 2015 Wild Card playoff loss, Fuller caught four passes for 104 yards, averaging 26.0 yards per reception in the 19-12 win.
The Texans would kick off their 2016 campaign with a 2-0 start with Fuller’s help and the Notre Dame product would go on to finish third in the NFL among rookie wideouts with 635 receiving yards and sixth with 47 receptions through 14 games.