Soon after the Texans’ 45-14 win over the Browns, Jordan revealed on his Instagram story that the NFL selected him to complete a drug test with a posted letter at his locker following the game.
Brevin Jordan got a random NFL drug test after the Texans’ playoff win 😅
He scored a season-long 76 yard TD. pic.twitter.com/Q529EOuXx2
— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) January 14, 2024
Jordan’s touchdown catch-and-run was impressive on its own, as the tight end caught a short pass from rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud and turned upfield for the long score. It also gave the lead back to the Texans just 18 seconds after the Browns took their first lead.
But the speed at which Jordan scored coupled with his season-long stats are probably what prompted the NFL’s drug test request. He had never finished a game with more than 64 receiving yards this season in limited action and hit a top speed of 20.03 miles per hour, per NextGen Stats, when ran 72-yards to the end zone after catching the four-yard pass from Stroud.
Jordan’s touchdown was also the longest play for the Texans all season and the longest playoff play in franchise history.
BREVIN JORDAN FOR 76 YARDS.
PLAYOFF FOOTBALL IS BACK.
— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2024
Jordan said that he turned on the jets after he felt a defender try to take him down soon after the reception and added that his old life as a running back before he went to high school helped him become a faster pass-catcher in high school, college and now in the NFL.
“I felt somebody on my hip, so when I felt somebody on my hip after I made the cut, I just got my knees up,” Jordan said. “Because he was there, I felt an extra boost, push on me or something. It was crazy.
“… I was a running back my whole life. So, I feel like that’s one of those things I really carry with me as a tight end,” he added. “I like to say I’m a different type of guy. I’m smaller, so I like to be fast and stuff.”
Jordan mostly played second fiddle to starting tight end Dalton Schultz this season, but took on a larger role when Schultz missed a few games late in the year. After only catching six receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown through the first 11 games, Jordan finished the year with 11 receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown
He won’t the command the same amount of targets as Stroud’s top targets in Nico Collins, Dalton Schultz or Robert Woods, but Jordan could see more looks if wideout Noah Brown isn’t at full strength for the Texans’ divisional round matchup against either the Baltimore Ravens or Kansas City Chiefs next Saturday.