The NFL announced Wednesday Stroud as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. The No. 2 overall pick went 30-of-42 for 470 yards and five touchdowns, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tank Dell with 48 seconds left to seal the victory.
Coach DeMeco Ryans told reporters Nov. 6 that the rookie is earning the trust of his teammates continually. Nevertheless, although Stroud displays otherwise veteran qualities, there is still a higher ceiling for the former Ohio State product.
“I think trust is earned, and C.J. has earned that trust by showing it on the practice field, proving it to his teammates,” Ryans said. “You build that trust over time, and C.J. has built that trust amongst his teammates, amongst the coaching staff that we can put a little bit more on him. He’s still a rookie, still has things to learn and things to grow from each and every week, but he’s doing a really good job of just growing throughout the year. So, I’m pleased with that growth process.”
The Texans get back in action Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals for a 12:00 p.m. Central Time kickoff from Paycor Stadium.