Tyrann Mathieu gave Will Fuller the ultimate compliment.
The old adage might sound trite and a bit overused, but it remains true today. Speed does, in fact, kill. Houston Texans wide receiver and burner Will Fuller, while not the most statistically accomplished receiver, has the respect of one of the game’s best and most versatile defensive backs.
Kansas City Chiefs star Tyrann Mathieu claims that Fuller is his “toughest matchup”, which comes as a bit of a surprise. Unsurprisingly, Mathieu, who started his career with the Arizona Cardinals, also claimed that Larry Fitzgerald was a handful in practice because of his “tricks.”
Will Fuller’s speed is too much for Tyrann Mathieu.
It’s weird to see Mathieu claim the former Notre Dame star is a tougher matchup than someone like Julio Jones, but that’s how deadly Fuller can be when he isn’t shuffling between IR stints.
Fuller, who will be in line for more targets this season now that DeAndre Hopkins is a Cardinal, recorded 670 yards and three touchdowns last year, though he managed 133 yards in the two games he played against Kansas City. Even in a blowout, his 89 yards against Kansas City in the playoffs proved he can get the job done against a secondary led by a player of Mathieu’s caliber.
For all his faults as a receiver, Fuller is one of the best in the league at getting behind the defense on vertical routes, and that stems almost entirely from his plus speed and improving route-running. No wonder Mathieu had such a hard time with him.
Fuller figured to be the No. 2 wide receiver on Houston right now, as trade acquisition Brandin Cooks figures to take up most of Hopkins’ targets. However, when they play Kansas City, look for Fuller to get isolated against Mathieu, who has admitted how tough he is to prepare for.