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Will Fuller impresses, shows resilience in debut


That's how DeAndre Hopkins described Will Fuller V's NFL debut.

Texans founder, chairman, and CEO Bob McNair called him simply "dynamite."

Fuller impressed in the Texans 23-14 win over Chicago, catching a team-high five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought Will did a tremendous job today," Brock Osweiler said. "Will is a terrific football player and he is an even better teammate. I love everything about him."

The soft-spoken wideout earned praise from head coach Bill O'Brien and his teammates, not just for his statistics, but for his attitude during the game too.

"The one thing I know about Will, having known him for a while, he's a very resilient guy," O'Brien said. "He grew up in a great family, hard-working parents. I'm sure they taught him about 'Look, sometimes you're going to get knocked down. You have to be able to pick yourself back up.' I think that's something he does well."

Fuller, who had just one catch for seven yards in the first half, had a deep ball slip through his hands on the Texans final possession of the second quarter. Momentum shifted as the Texans ended up punting on the drive and Chicago added its second touchdown of the day.

"I tried to forget about it," Fuller said. "My teammates told me to forget about it. I tried my best to forget about it and go out there and help my team win."

Osweiler told Fuller to put the play in his "back pocket" for the rest of his career.

"You're going to have moments like that and it's all about the next play," Osweiler told him.

Fuller did just that, putting up 100 yards after halftime and his first career touchdown. The rookie scored early in the fourth quarter on a short pass from Osweiler. Fuller's 18-yard touchdown gave the Texans a 20-14 lead with 12:44 remaining in the game.

"Brock got us into a great play," Fuller said after the game. "The offensive line made the job easy for me. They came and just washed everything out. I just followed the blocking into the end zone."

Fuller's play-making abilities shifted the momentum back to Houston. The Texans never trailed after his touchdown catch.

"He's not always perfect but he practices hard and he's done a good job of learning the game," O'Brien said. "Now, it's just one gamew. He has to take it and build on it and move on to the next game."

The Texans improved to 1-0 with the win and will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.

Check out the best photos throughout the Texans first regular season game vs. the Bears.

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