The Houston Texans have been one of the most surprising teams in the NFL this year.
They have played at a very high level, and new head coach DeMeco Ryans deserves much of the credit.
However, one player has played far above expectations this year.
Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL thus far.
He was the second overall pick but is playing like a seasoned veteran this year.
Last week, Stroud had one of the best rookie performances in NFL history, throwing for 470 yards and five touchdowns in a Texans comeback win.
Dan Orlovsky even thinks Stroud should be in the NFL MVP conversation.
“100%, yes,” Orlovsky said as to whether Stroud should be an MVP candidate, via “Get Up.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 9, 2023
Stroud has all of the numbers to back up his play this season.
He has the Texans at 4-4 on the year and in playoff contention, not to mention that he has thrown for 2,270 yards with 14 touchdowns and only one interception.
The rookie has turned the Texans around in half a season and has their future looking bright.
There has only ever been one rookie to win the NFL MVP award, and that was Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown back in 1957.
With still half the season to play, it will be interesting to see if Stroud can maintain his elite level of play.
Things will no doubt get more difficult for him as the season goes on, but the second-overall pick seems fully prepared to handle anything thrown his way.NEXT: Texans HC Reacts To Long List Of Injured Players