BALTIMORE — C.J. Stroud’s first NFL completion was to none other than himself. The Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback made his league debut in Sunday’s season opener against Baltimore, and it was anything but ordinary.
On the Texans’ second play from scrimmage, Stroud’s pass was deflected by linebacker Roquan Smith. Quick on his feet, Stroud managed to catch the ball before it touched the ground, resulting in a 1-yard gain.
Not to be deterred, Stroud followed up by successfully connecting with running back Dameon Pierce on the subsequent play.
A Debut to Remember For C.J. Stroud
The former Ohio State standout found himself in a unique situation, catching his own pass after an opponent deflected it. While it only resulted in a 1-yard gain, it was a moment that will likely be etched in the annals of NFL history.
After the initial hiccup, Stroud quickly regained his composure. On the very next play, he completed a pass to running back Dameon Pierce, signaling his readiness to move past the unconventional start and focus on the game at hand.
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