C.J. Fiedorowicz, like most prominent skill guys under Kirk Ferentz, was under-utilized at Iowa. While he had 45 catches in his junior season, the 6’7″ tight end had just 1 touchdown. Yes, he had 6 touchdowns in senior campaign, but his total catches number dropped to just 30 and he was targeted at an extremely underwhelming rate during his senior year. With all of the productive tight ends to come out of the University of Iowa football program, it’s hard to believe that Ferentz and offensive coordinator Greg Davis don’t find even more ways to get them involved (George Kittle included).
Fiedorowicz now finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a first place Houston Texans team that somehow is 5-3 on the season but has scored 30 less points than they have given up on the year: a real head scratcher of a first place team. Fiedorowicz has been a big part of the team’s success; no longer just used in two tight end formations and special teams, Fiedorowicz has become a legitimate passing threat as Texans head coach Bill O’Brien utilizes him not only as a decoy to get guys like Will Fuller and Deandre Hopkins open, but as a primary red-zone target.
Big C.J. has become such a weapon for the Texans that he’s actually become a viable tight end and flex player option for fantasy football owners to use. So far in 2016, Fiedorowicz has more catches than he had in his first two NFL seasons combined (26 compared to 21) and more touchdowns (three compared to two). While O’Brien’s offense has looked shaky at times, Fiedorowicz has been a stalwart and has been a blessing for the overpaid and overhyped Brock Osweiler.
Keep an eye out for C.J. this Sunday when the Texans take on the lowly Jaguars at noon central time. The QB battle could be a battle of the bads when it comes to Osweiler and Blake Bortles, but the tight end matchup of Fiedorowicz and Jags’ star Marcedes Lewis will provide some much needed entertainment in the game.