Mandatory Credit: Photo by Darryl Webb/AP/Shutterstock (12552080mg) Houston Texan tight end Jordan Akins (88) during the second half of an NFL football game with the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz Texans Cardinals Football, Glendale, United States – 24 Oct 2021
The Houston Texans’ head coach has been very happy with the play of TE Jordan Akins.
On Monday, Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith said something that went against some previous comments regarding his tight ends. Whereas he previously denied needing to get his tight ends and running backs more involved in the passing game, that tone changed Monday.
Smith now wants Akins more involved in the offensive game plan:
“Jordan Akins though, it seemed like from the moment we picked him up, the guy has just made play after play. He’s a tough matchup. Tough matchup size-wise for a safety or a linebacker. Just what he’s been able to do. Yesterday, every time we threw the ball, it seemed like he was able to make some type of big play. Wish we could’ve gotten one of those long ones into the endzone. He’s just a good, production football player that we need to keep in the game plan and really need to get into the game plan more.”
Akins finished with three receptions for 72 yards against the Giants, including a big 46-yard catch and run that set up a first and goal as the third quarter expired.
For the season, Akins has 14 receptions for 231 yards (fourth on team) and is averaging 16.5 yards per catch (most of any Texans receiver with at least 10 receptions).