TE Darren Fells - Houston Texans
|6-7, 255||Born: 4-22-1986||College: UC-Irvine||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 3 vs LAC (6 / 5 / 49 / 1 rec)
The Texans primary tight end getting the most snaps is getting looks too in the passing game. Five reception for the inline tight end proved to be a good thing and he started the scoring off with a 16-yard touchdown reception. Fells continues to get open on short routes and his big body allows him to get tough yards. Fells is staying on the field with his ability to block and has proved to be a player that the offense continues to trust.
2019 Week 5 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 20 / 2 rec)
Darren Fells remains on the field and he gets targets and against the Falcons he made his opportunities count. He caught two touchdowns for 12 and 8 yards which ended up being his only two receptions of the day. Fells has turned into a viable red zone target but his overall targets will be low due to the other skill players around him on the field. Fells is the Texans primary tight end and poses issues when the Texans get into the red zone.
2019 Week 6 vs KC (7 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Fells continues to be the Texans' primary tight end, and he led the offense with 69 receiving yards. Fells was able to have two receptions that covered 18-yards, and he almost got into the end zone coming up a yard short. Fells is becoming a security blanket for Watson, and his size is allowing him to eat up yards in the offense.
2019 Week 8 vs OAK (6 / 6 / 58 / 2 rec)
The red zone favorite target of Deshaun Watson remains to be Darren Fells. This time Watson hit Fells for two touchdowns, one on a well run RPO that saw Fells wide open in the back of the end zone. The other was on a 9-yard touchdown pass that saw Watson pull out his one-eyed touchdown throw with Fells reaching over a Raiders' linebacker for the game-winning score. What should not be overlooked is the fact Fells is on the field more than second tight-end option Jordan Akins. Fells caught the game ending reception to give the Texans the first down to run out the remainder of the clock.
2019 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
There were only two catches on the day for Fells, but his biggest came rewriting the Texans record books for tight ends catching his 7th of the season from Watson. From an inverted wishbone look, Fells snuck out of the backfield into wide open space to catch and nice toss from Watson for a 13-yard touchdown.
2019 Week 16 vs TB (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Darren Fells had an eleven-yard touchdown reception reversed after the replay booth ruled him down at the six-inch line. It would have been a bigger day for Fells, but he did have 17-yard reception on a bootleg that Watson hit him on the run. He continues to be the Texans' primary tight end in the offense and one of Watson's reliable targets when he throws him the football.
2019 Week 19 vs KC (7 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)
It has been a quiet stretch for Darren Fells since being a touchdown catching machine to start the season, and he finally got back to catching a touchdown against the Chiefs. After a fumble on the Chiefs, he was able to find space in the Chiefs secondary and allow Watson to hit him for a four-yard touchdown pass.
2017 Week 5 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 24 / 2 rec)
Darren Fells made the most of his two targets converting both targets for touchdowns. One target was on a red zone scramble drill where Fells adjusted to Stafford scrambling and worked himself open for a touchdown. Fells was targeted again on an out route on Carolina's 20-yard line which he converted for a run after the catch for a touchdown. Fells had four career touchdowns before the game.
2017 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)
Darren Fells continued to see high value targets against New Orleans. He was targeted in the red zone on a 4th and goal from 5-yard line where he caught the ball short of the end zone in the flat and was stopped short of the end zone. Fells caught another touchdown pass, his third in two weeks, on a ball down the seam. Fells has emerged as the most reliable tight end option for Detroit in high value situations.
2017 Week 8 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Darren Fells continued to be a red zone favorite of Matthew Stafford. Stafford threw an excellent ball to Fells down the seam in the end zone for what would have been a touchdown, but the ball was broken up at the catch point. Fells was also targeted on a ball out of his reach in the red zone. He finished with only one catch for 12 yards.
2017 Week 9 vs GB (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Darren Fells caught his only target for 10 yards. Fells was targeted in key spots in the red zone in recent weeks, but Detroit went away from Fells this week. Notably the Lions did struggle in the red zone, stalling out twice on 1st and goal situations form inside the two-yard line, and Fells was not targeted in either situation.
2017 Week 12 vs MIN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Darren Fells had two prime opportunities for touchdowns down the seam but dropped both. The first one was arguably broken up by the defender, but the type of ball Fells should have caught. The second was a ball that Fells had in his hands, but failed to secure through the catch and fall to the ground. Fells was held without a catch in the game, but continues to see high leverage targets by Matthew Stafford in the red zone.
2017 Week 13 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Darren Fells was limited to only two catches, both in the short passing game. Fells had no usage in the red zone that has buoyed his fantasy production in recent weeks.
2016 Week 2 vs TB (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Darren Fells was this week's winner of the Cardinals weekly "which TE will contribute" contest, hauling in four of the five targets thrown his way. Fells most notable catch on the afternoon came late in the first half, catching a 9-yard pass on first down that immediately preceded Jaron Brown's back-breaking 51-yard touchdown.
2016 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Fells was once again the primary Tight End target this week, and has become a dependable third down target for Palmer, but still often fails to capitalize on the coverage he often sees. So physically impressive, Fells should be a greater contributor to the passing game, but the opportunities just seem to be too far and few between.
2016 Week 17 vs LA (2 / 1 / 37 / 1 rec)
Fells was supposed to be the breakout Tight End for the Cardinals these past few seasons, but between his up-and-down play and the steady presence of Jermaine Gresham, that never came to fruition. Fells caught his first touchdown of the season Sunday, capitalizing on a blown coverage for a 37-yard catch and run score. Fells hit a plateau in his development, and with the buzz around the team being about their strong desire to bring Gresham back next year, it is difficult to imagine Fells seeing much of an increase in his playing time going forward.
2015 Week 1 vs NO (5 / 4 / 82 / 1 rec)
Fells' 89-yards were the most by a Cardinals TE since 1989. There probably is just as much bitterness to the sweetness of that stat, but Fells looked every bit like the rapidly improving TE many thought he would be. In the offseason, Pro Football Focus called Fells the Cardinals "secret superstar" and recently listed him among the 25 breakout stars of the 2015 season. Optimism in Fells is high and Sunday he showed why. Fells accumulated 3/4ths of his yards on two receptions, a 48-yard catch and run and his 17-yard touchdown. On his touchdown, Fells was able to beat the linebacker guarding him on a post route to the pylon, but it was the 48-yard catch and run that showed off Fells' true potential. Facing a 3rd-2 from their own 34, Fells lined up as the outside man of a 3-WR set to Palmer's right. With Fitzgerald and Brown running clear-out routes, Fells ran a simple crossing route of the middle of the field for a wide-open catch, accelerated down the left sideline and using an effective stiff-arm along the way. Credit must be given to fellow TE Jermaine Gresham who blocked two Saints defenders as Fells raced down the sideline. With so many weapons in the offense, it is hard to gauge how consistent Fells will be week in week out to recommend him as a viable fantasy starter, but its fair to say the Cardinals haven't been this excited about a TE since, well, 1989.
2015 Week 3 vs SF (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
After his breakout game week 1 against the Saints, Fells has been an almost complete nonfactor in the passing game since. He was targeted only twice on Sunday, with one of those resulting in a fairly bad drop in which he appeared to be more concerned with his yards-after-catch than actually catching the ball. With multiple dynamic targets at both the wide receiver spot as well as in the backfield, it is difficult to imagine Fells having a consistent contribution in the passing game, but remains a quality check-down target.
2015 Week 4 vs LA (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
In attempts to counter a ferocious defensive line, Fells was left in to block quite a bit on Sunday. The results were mixed but that was to be expected considering the opponent. Fells made an impressive catch on is one target, but with Michael Floyd fully re-integrated in the offense, Fells and fellow TE Jermaine Gresham are mostly afterthoughts in the aerial attack.
2015 Week 5 vs DET (2 / 2 / 25 / 1 rec)
Fells found himself back involved in the game plan a bit for the first time since week one, connecting twice with Palmer including a 14-yard score. While Fells deserves credit for exploiting his one-on-one matchup, John Brown also deserves recognition on the play for earning the attention of the safety, leaving the middle of the end zone wide open for Fells.
2015 Week 6 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fells left the game with a shoulder injury, requiring an MRI on Monday to determine it's. Troy Niklas and Jermaine Gresham will likely both see an increase in action in Fells potential absence.
2015 Week 10 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Fells most notable play of the game was a potential fumble that was ruled and then upheld as an incomplete pass. Most of social media seemed to believe it was a fumble, but the NFL's absurdly complex catch rules made this one anyone's guess. It proved quite advantageous for the Cardinals, who later scored a field goal on the drive.
2015 Week 11 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 18 / 1 rec)
Fells was targeted once on the evening, the only target a Cardinals TE saw all game, but managed to make it count, scoring the team's first-and only first-half- touchdown of the game. Facing a 3rd-1 from the Bengals 18 yard line, Palmer was eluded pressure long enough to throw a jump ball to the former college basketball player. Just as we've seen Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates do so many times, Fells utilized that skillset and his size to simply out jump both defenders, catching the ball at its highest point and maintaining the catch for an important score.
2015 Week 14 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
The addition of Jermaine Gresham late in the offseason may have in part prevented Fells from having the breakout season many predicted for him (not to mention the tremendous receiving corps, and quality run-game,) in his absence the last few weeks Fells has shown himself to be the quality outlet those predictions were based on. Big-framed and athletic, Fells provides Palmer with an impressive catch radius to find as a last read, and Fells by and large has made the most of those plays. His 43-yards outgained Larry Fitzgerald, and his 26-yard catch and run ended up being the Cardinals 3rd longest play from scrimmage. The Cardinals very much could use Gresham's return as a blocker, especially in the run game, but Fells has proven himself more than capable of handling the bulk of the receiving targets and making the most of them.
2015 Week 15 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Few would have predicted going into Sunday night that Darren Fells would have had as many catches and more yards than Larry Fitzgerald, not to mention a single play that nearly outgained the entirety of Fitzgerald's night. That is what happens, however, when you turn an apparent 15-yard catch into a 36-yard gain while carrying a defender on your back for the last 10-yards. Fells big gain of the evening was second only to David Johnson's incredible run for longest play of the game, and helped set up the Cardinals first touchdown of the evening. The targets have been fewer and further between for Fells than many believed at the start of the season, but he has consistently made the most of his opportunities, impressing and improving as the season has gone one.
2014 Week 16 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Fells has officially replaced Carlson as the starter and primary tight end, and while his contributions in the pass game remain minimal, his progress as an undrafted rookie has been impressive. Fells has grown into a strong blocker, and with his basketball background is continuing to become more of a treat in the passing game. This will be an important offseason for Fells in his development if he is to become a solid contributor next season.
2014 Week 17 vs SF (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
While injuries and cap-space have the Cardinals in a precarious off-season position, one spot the team is hopeful to build on is the tight end position. The Cardinals have consistently been a bad TE team for over 15 years now, so despite not having the next Gronkowski, in Darren Fells they have a young skilled player to develop. Fells garnered a lot of buzz in training camp, but remained on the sideline for the vast majority of the season. An injury to Troy Niklas (who also was developing nicely despite his injuries,) and John Carlson's demotion opened the door for Fells and he's made the most of it. Quality blocking in both run and pass sets has allowed Fells to see his playing time continually rise, and he's making the most of his pass-catching opportunities. Fells' 40 yards gave him the 3rd highest receiving total on Sunday.
2014 Week 18 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
The play of Darren Fells has been one of the few bright spots for this team as they stumbled down the stretch. Fells proved to be a much better blocker than John Carlson, although to no avail on Saturday, and has continually grown as a pass-catcher each week, culminating in his first career touchdown. Between Fells and injured rookie Troy Niklas, who showed quality development and promise before his injury, the Cardinals are hoping to finally turn one of the organization's historical weak-spots into a strength.