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Will Fuller returns with bang, helps boost offense

There was no rust today in Will Fuller, V's return to game action.

The second-year wideout, who broke his collarbone on August 3rd, played in his first game of 2017 and caught two touchdows. Fuller also drew a pass interference penalty on Tennesse, which led to a Deshaun Watson 1-yd touchdown run on the next play. After missing more than a month, Fuller still produced, and he explained how he's grown since his rookie year.

"I'm trying to play fast like always, just a little smarter because it's my second year," Fuller said. "I know more things about defenses and how they'll play me. I'm just out there trying to help the team win."

Fuller caught four passes for 35 yards. On the pass interference penalty, though, he'd beaten his defender and was in the end zone. After getting his facemask raked, the yellow flag was on the field, and the Texans offense went 45 yards from the Titans' 46-yard line to the 1-yard line. Fuller's speed was a huge factor in putting stress on the Tennessee defense. 

"I said it before earlier in the week: 'Will's going to open up the field,'" wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "He's a big part of this offense scoring 50-something points the way we did. You can't just key in on me. You have to, obviously, watch Will down the field every play, because he has the speed that you can't coach."

Hopkins wound up with 10 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Deshaun Watson was happy to Fuller back to complement Hopkins, and was really impressed how Fuller spent the last month or so.

"Even when he was not playing with us and he was out recovering, he was always around," Watson said. "He never took a day off. While we're at practice, he's right there beside Coach OB (Bill O'Brien) and Coach (John) Perry and just helping all the young guys out."

Fuller and the Texans face the Chiefs next Sunday night at NRG Stadium.

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