Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud confirmed why he is destined for stardom in a record-setting efficiency towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Towards Tampa Bay, the 23-year-old accomplished 30-of-42 passes for 470 yards — the NFL report for probably the most passing yards by a rookie quarterback — and 5 TDs.
Additionally, he delivered within the clutch. With 0:46 left within the fourth quarter, the No. 2 choose of the 2023 NFL Draft engineered a six-play, 75-yard drive and threw a 15-yard TD to rookie extensive receiver Tank Dell, sealing a 39-37 victory.
“C.J., man, he is completely different. I have been saying that since rookie mini-camp,” Dell said following the victory, by way of ESPN NFL Nation reporter DJ Bien-Aime. “He instructed us to be poised and be prepared. So that is what we did.”
Stroud displaying composure in a clutch scenario is great for the Texans as a result of there are veteran QBs who do not have this high quality.
The previous Ohio State Buckeye has exceeded expectations this season. Per ESPN.com, he is accomplished 60.3% of his passes for 1,800 yards, 9 TDs, one interception and an above-average 58.4 QBR.
Do not be stunned if he wins Offensive Rookie of the 12 months since oddschecker provides him the perfect odds (+150) to win the award.
The Texans (4-4) are nonetheless within the playoff hunt, too. They’re second within the AFC South, and The New York Instances simulator notes they’ve a 28% chance to make the postseason.
Houston made the precise determination when it chosen Stroud as a result of he already seems to be like a franchise cornerstone the group can hold constructing round.