In 2017, the Deshaun Watson-to-Will Fuller, V connection was explosive.
That's continued into 2018.
After missing the first game of 2018 with a hamstring injury, Fuller played Sunday in Nashville and finished with a game-high eight catches for 113 yards and a score.
Watson connected with Fuller for a 39-yard fourth quarter scoring strike, putting the Texans on top, 17-14 with 13:25 remaining in the game.
"I just ran fast," Fuller said. "Malcolm Butler was pressing me and I beat him off the line and Deshaun threw a perfect pass."
The drive went 70 yards, and took five plays to do so. The Texans burned 1:43 off the clock, as Watson found Akins for a 13-yd gain and then handed off to Alfred Blue for eight, seven and three yards, successively.
Watson hit Fuller on the next play, and the Texans held their first lead of the game. Returning with such a positive impact for Fuller was a relief, but the final outcome of the game was a letdown.
"It means everything," Fuller said of getting back on the field. "I want to do whatever I can to help the team win. Unfortunately we lost today, so I didn't do my job."
Fuller's presence on the field, according to DeAndre Hopkins, was a big positive. Hopkins caught six passes for 110 yards and a score.
"It helps us out a lot," Hopkins said. "You saw he made some plays downfield, and he brought some confidence."
Watson finished with 310 passing yards, and completed 22-of-32 throws. He explained what it was like have Fuller back in the fold on offense.
"We just try to be on the same page," Watson said. "Play fast. Play full speed. Make sure we're doing the plays that we worked on all week."
Fuller, Hopkins and the Texans will host the Giants at NRG Stadium next Sunday at noon.
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