C.J. Fiedorowicz
C.J. Fiedorowicz
26-Year-Old Tight EndTE
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Multiple concussion injuries limited Houston tight ends to 52 catches and two touchdowns in 2017, one year after they had a collective performance of 115 receptions and seven touchdowns. C.J. Fiedorowicz suffered three concussions and was forced to retire, while Ryan Griffin had two bouts, but will return in 2018. Head coach Bill O'Brien wants to get this position group back to its 2016 levels, and that started with Akins, a 2018 third-round draft pick out of Central Florida. A former baseball player (centerfield) that played four years in the Texas Rangers' system, Akins entered college football as a wide receiver before a knee injury prompted a shift to tight end. He caught 32 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns for the Knights last year. Houston coaches grew familiar with the UCF graduate when they coached him during the Senior Bowl All-Star Game and were happy to see him available in the third round. They also drafted Jordan Thomas in the sixth round. Of the two, Akins is considered the better receiver and will be the first in line to get the targets that used to go to Fiedorowicz. Read Past Outlooks
$Retired from the NFL in March of 2018.
Lands on reserve/retired list
TEHouston Texans
Concussion
March 15, 2018
The Texans placed Fiedorowicz (concussion) on the reserve/retired list Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
With the 26-year-old Fiedorowicz -- who suffered three concussions during the 2017 campaign -- no longer in line to take the field this season, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson now top the Texans' tight end depth chart.
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Depth Chart Status
C.J. Fiedorowicz is not listed on the Free Agent depth Chart.
Snap Counts
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
678
15
2017
230
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other TEs)

Height:   6' 5"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   265 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.76 sec
AVERAGE
Shuttle Time:   4.26 sec
GREAT
Cone Drill:   7.01 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   33.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.25 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   32 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   116 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   25 reps
GREAT
Free Agent Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
A 2014 third-round selection (No. 65 overall) who was hardly used his first two seasons, Fiedorowicz took the third-year leap last year, finishing as the No. 17 tight end in both standard and PPR formats. At 6-5, 265, he has prototypical size for an in-line NFL tight end, and while he won't blow anyone away with straightline speed (4.76 40 time), he's athletic enough to serve as a major threat in the red zone while also occasionally stretching the field between the 20s. His 12 red-zone targets and seven inside-the-10 targets both led the Texans last season, though it didn't lead to much actual production with QB Brock Osweiler throwing the majority of those passes. A few CJF drops (six in all, and one more in the playoffs) gummed up the works, but so long as drops don't take away from a player's future opportunity, we don't worry too much about them. Fiedorowicz figures to stay busy over the middle while dangerous wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller lure safeties toward the sidelines. Last year probably reflects close to what Fiedorowicz's ceiling is, but the Texans should get better quarterback play this year, and he at least has an established role in the offense. It probably adds up to a boring floor pick, but in some formats, there's a place for that.
Fiedorowicz’s 14 starts led all Houston tight ends in 2015, but with just 24 targets, he’s not considered a pass-catching threat. The position as a whole has not been a featured element in the offense the last two seasons. He’s the Texans’ best blocker at the position and gets pigeon-holed as a “blocking tight end,” something that Texans coaches bristle at as they feel Fiedorowicz has improved his skills beyond blocking, including his route running and hands. As the team’s best blocker, he’ll get the most playing time and could challenge Ryan Griffin as a leading target at tight end, though undrafted free agent Stephen Anderson made some noise during OTAs as a receiving threat. The big question is whether the Texans will incorporate more of the tight end in the offensive game plan.
Fiedorowicz had just seven targets and four catches in 15 games played during his rookie season in 2014. It wasn’t a surprise that he got so few opportunities – Fiedorowicz came out of Iowa with a reputation as a blocking tight end – but to see how little the tight-end position was used by head coach Bill O’Brien was unexpected. We suspect more of the same for the FIedorowicz and his fellow tight ends in 2015.
A third-round pick in this year's draft, Fiedorowicz could see significant playing time in new coach Bill O'Brien's tight end-friendly offense. O'Brien plans to use formations with multiple tight ends, as he did in New England as the Patriots offensive coordinator. Fiedorowicz will play as the in-line tight end while incumbent starter Garrett Graham lines up in the slot. Fiedorowicz was considered the best blocking tight end in the draft but not a major receiving threat; he's sure handed but has average speed. At 6-5, 265, though, he would provide a big target in the red zone.
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Plans to report for offseason program
TEHouston Texans
Concussion
February 28, 2018
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday that he doesn't believe Fiedorowicz (concussion) has made a decision on his future in football, but expects the tight end to report for the Texans' offseason program, which begins April 2, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Contemplating retirement
TEHouston Texans
Concussion
February 12, 2018
Fiedorowicz (concussion) acknowledged Friday that he's considering retirement, Joe Stevenson of the Crystal Lake Northwest Herald reports.
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NFL future uncertain
TEHouston Texans
Concussion
December 10, 2017
Fiedorowicz, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, could be forced to retire from the NFL after sustaining his fourth concussion in two seasons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Lands on IR
TEHouston Texans
Concussion
December 5, 2017
Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve by the Texans.
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Suffers another concussion
TEHouston Texans
Concussion
December 3, 2017
Fiedorowicz has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Titans with a concussion, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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