Packers’ Matt LaFleur on Texans’ Will Fuller: ‘He’s a legitimate No. 1 receiver’


HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Will Fuller pushes back at the idea of being the Texans’ No. 1 wide receiver.

The Texans have a few players who can get it done between Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb.

But the numbers spell it out. Fuller is the Texans’ No. 1 receiver.

Through six games, the fifth-year player out of Notre Dame leads the Texans with 455 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 28 catches. His 53-yard touchdown catch from Deshaun Watson is the longest by a Texan this season.

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame when Fuller was a sophomore in 2014.

It was Fuller’s breakout college season -- his first of two consecutive with 1,000 yards receiving and double digit touchdowns.

“You can really see him improving every year he gets out on that field,” said LaFleur, whose Packers (4-1) visit the Texans (1-5) on Sunday. “I think he’s a legitimate No. 1 receiver and he definitely has the speed that you’ve got to know where he is at all times, especially when you’ve got a guy like Deshaun (Watson) throwing him the football. There’s been a lot of explosive plays.

“I’m really happy to see him have success. I hope he doesn’t have as much success on Sunday versus us, then pick up after that. But I’m a big Will Fuller fan.”

The Packers rank 25th in pass defense efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. Sunday’s game could be a big opportunity for Watson and Fuller.

Watson has thrown for 300 yards or more in each of the Texans’ last three games.

Fuller has had three 100-yard receiving games and three average to subpar games this season with 58 receiving yards or less.

But Fuller has a touchdown catch in each of the last four games.