Texans' C.J. Stroud on Colts rivalry: 'Indy hates me already, and I find it irresistible'

by Christina S. Brown
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C.J. Stroud figures to be throwing passes for years to return for the Houston Texans, which implies he’ll be seeing loads of the Indianapolis Colts — who’ve had lots to say concerning the quarterback this offseason.

Earlier this offseason, Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin claimed that Stroud stated some “wild stuff” to him of their matchups final season and that he wanted to “see” him once more. Whereas saying that he “revered” Stroud, fellow Colts linebacker E.J. Velocity additionally stated he will mess up Stroud “for the remainder of his profession.”

Stroud has some questions on these feedback, however seems to be embracing the smack discuss.

“A number of dudes come on these podcasts, ‘Oh yeah, I will hit C.J. in his face, I will get him subsequent 12 months.’ The place I am from, we are saying, ‘Why did not you do one thing if you have been mad?’ You have been mad proper there: Do one thing,” Stroud stated on the newest version of the “Million Dollaz Price of Sport” podcast. “You would have made hella performs, bro. You would have made performs, canine. You would have shut me up proper there, however you did not. So what makes you suppose you are gonna do it now? And in case you do, I am gonna come again, bro. 

“For actual, this ain’t for no play, bro. Come on … I am excited. We play them at their place. It is going to be rocking. Indy hates me already, and I find it irresistible.”

Stroud threw for 384 yards and two touchdowns, whereas posting a 103.5 passer ranking and finishing 63.8 p.c of his passes in Houston’s Week 2 matchup in opposition to Indianapolis final season, which was a loss. 

Then, in Week 18, Stroud threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns, whereas posting a 134.1 passer ranking and finishing 76.9 p.c of his passes in a 23-19 win for the Texans, which proved to be sufficient for them to win the AFC South title.

Throughout 15 regular-season video games, Stroud totaled 4,108 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions and a 100.8 passer ranking, whereas finishing 63.9 p.c of his passes. He additionally ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Stroud was the 2023 NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months award winner, later serving to the Texans attain the AFC divisional spherical.

Is C.J. Stroud already a Prime 5 QB within the NFL?

Is C.J. Stroud already a Top 5 QB in the NFL?

The AFC South is a division of younger signal-callers, together with three second-year gamers (Stroud is certainly one of them); the Colts have Anthony Richardson, who flaunted high-end upside earlier than struggling a season-ending shoulder damage 4 video games into final season; the Tennessee Titans have Will Levis, who began 9 video games final season. In the meantime, the Jacksonville Jaguars have former No. 1 choose Trevor Lawrence below middle, with the group a 12 months faraway from making the AFC divisional spherical.

Stroud has a deep arsenal of pass-catchers to get the ball to, together with extensive receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell and tight finish Dalton Schultz. Moreover, the Texans acquired extensive receiver and four-time Professional Bowler Stefon Diggs from the Buffalo Payments this offseason.

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