Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller showed how he could be utilized in the offense run by Deshaun Watson in 2017, catching 7 touchdowns on just 28 receptions. Fuller then had the injury bug bite him, suffering a rib injury that caused him to miss three games and a subsequent knee injury in the final game of the season which required “minor” surgery to correct.
Those factors alone caused Fuller to reshape his frame this off-season with help from new Texans senior director of sports performance, Luke Richesson. Richesson arrived in February from the Denver Broncos and helped put Fuller on a plan to put on weight but not lose his game breaking speed.
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Since working with Richesson, Fuller has put on 15-20 pounds and pushed his weight up to 185 pounds. Fuller knows staying healthy is key for his success.
“Staying healthy is a big thing," Fuller stated. “So, putting on a couple of pounds will help me with that. It’s working out with the new guys we have here, Luke Richesson and Ladd (Harris), the nutrition and stuff, it helped me a lot.”
At the end of last season, what he needed to do to make a difference in the NFL was made clear to Fuller and he has bought into what the organization wants him to do.
“That’s one of the big things is he’s improved his strength level, his body weight,” Bill O’Brien said of Fuller. “Again, I think again it takes time. You come from college to the pros and everything’s new, relative to nutrition and the weight room and things like that. So, I think he’s really done a good job of buying into what Luke (Richesson)’s talking about in the weight room. You can see out here, I think he’s definitely an improved player. Just like it always is with Will, it’ll be health. Health is the key. If he can stay healthy, take care of his body, he’s a really good player.”
Entering his third season with the Texans, Fuller continues to craft his game and he is committed to putting a full season in with Deshaun Watson behind center. The Texans were the highest scoring offense in the NFL until Watson tore his ACL in practice in 2017.
“I think about that every day, waking up, coming in here, seeing Deshaun (Watson), seeing Hop, seeing Lamar (Miller), seeing our whole offense and just thinking what we can be if we all stay healthy.” Fuller explained.
Despite the new muscle which is evident on Fuller's frame, he makes it clear that he has not lost a step.
“That’s just something you have to keep working with, your speed as you’re gaining weight,” Fuller said with a smile. “I’m not fat now, so I’m still fast.”
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