Texans tight end Jordan Akins continues to adjust to new blocking role

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HOUSTON — Through the first three games of the 2021 season, the Houston Texans have utilized Jordan Akins differently.

Instead of using Akins as a reliable target in the passing game, the Texans are using the UCF prodigy for more protection as a blocker.

Although blocking has never been his strong suit throughout his career, Akins admitted that the new role has improved his ability to identify the opposing team’s defensive schemes.

“I think it’s helping me identify the defense,” Akins said following Friday’s walk-through practice at NRG Stadium. “Not just the coverage, but the fronts. And my strength, as well. I have a lot more strengths than I thought I did coming into the NFL.”

Akins believes his pass blocking can open up the passing game more for the Texans. To improve his craft, Akins has taken the additional time to learn various techniques in blocking — which he feels has helped him through the first three games.

“I’m adapting — whenever my jersey is called, I do what I can, whether it’s special teams, offense or whatever,” he said. “I’m more active in blocking this year, which is a big role for me, as well as the passing game. We’re starting to get a rhythm, so whenever we’re called, we make plays.”

However, the Texans should not exile Akins’ usage as a pass-catcher with in the offense.

During the first three games of the 2020 season, Akins was arguably the Texans’ most dependable target recording 122 yards on 11 catches and one touchdown. In comparison to the 49 yards on five receptions Akins has recorded thus far in 2021.

Akins says he has never blocked this much in his career but acknowledged that he likes the change — stating that it shows what he can do, which could open more doors for him in the future.