Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has become a pivotal player for the Houston Texans, defying expectations and propelling the team to a noteworthy 6-5 record this season, a significant improvement from their 3-13-1 performance in the previous year. Surpassing initial predictions, the Texans are now in contention for a Wild Card spot in the playoffs.
In a recent episode of his podcast “What’s Wright?” Nick Wright made a bold statement, suggesting that Stroud’s potential could surpass that of Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a notable rising star in the NFL who has led the Jaguars to an 8-3 record this season, albeit with slightly diminished statistics compared to the previous year.
Stroud’s recent performance includes a comeback from a 24-14 deficit against the Jacksonville Jaguars, showcasing his resilience. In 11 games, he has accumulated impressive stats, throwing for 3,266 yards, 19 touchdowns, and a mere five interceptions, boasting a noteworthy 100.8 passer rating. Notably, Stroud has outperformed Lawrence in each of these categories, despite being in his rookie season.
Is there a chance that C.J. Stroud ends up being the best QB in the AFC South?
Moreover, Stroud’s impact extends beyond individual accomplishments, as he has elevated the performance of young wide receivers Tank Dell and Nico Collins, turning them into standout players. With Stroud exhibiting Pro Bowl potential, the Texans’ immediate future looks promising, exceeding expectations set just a few months ago.
If Stroud, Dell, and Collins maintain their current trajectory, the Texans could potentially reach new heights in their 22 seasons of NFL existence.