Jaelen Strong: Bill O'Brien Ruined My Career; 'I Never Knew How to Kiss Ass'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2020

Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong (11) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis.    (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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After reports of Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien's negative treatment of DeAndre Hopkins, former Texans receiver Jaelen Strong took to Twitter Wednesday to describe his own experience:

This comes after Michael Irvin described a meeting between Hopkins and O'Brien in which he compared him to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on ESPN's Get Up:

Strong hasn't played an NFL game in two years but spent parts of three seasons with the Texans before being waived in 2017.

A third-round pick in the 2015 draft, Strong had high expectations entering the league. He finally saw his first action in Week 5 of his rookie year and scored touchdowns on his first two receptions.

He had a few more bright spots early on, including his six-catch, 56-yard performance in his lone start that season.

Unfortunately, his career was limited to just 19 games in Houston with 28 catches. He also played one game with the Jacksonville Jaguars and had three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown but was waived soon after. The receiver got more chances on the Jaguars practice squad and in the Cleveland Browns' training camp but never appeared in another game.

The 26-year-old believes the lack of opportunities were on O'Brien, who "wasted" the start of his career.

Strong was arrested in 2016 and charged with possession of marijuana, which led to a one-game suspension to open the 2017 season.

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