6'4'' / 243 lbs
Happily reunited with Watson
Akins was on the field for Cleveland's organized team activities this week, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.
Akins signed with the Browns during the offseason and acknowledged that reuniting with quarterback Deshaun Watson as a primary reason. The two played three seasons together in Houston. The Browns placed plenty of offseason focus on improving targets for Watson, and the 6-foot-6 Akins brings familiarity and serves as a red-zone threat. Akins is expected to back up David Njoku at tight end.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
|3 @CHI||Outdoor 65°||12.1||8th||4.03||3.0||40.5||4||3||31||1||10.3||4.3||6.0||0%||1||1||0||13%||44%||39%||17%|
|4 LAC||Dome 78°||5.3||30th||2.65||5.5||45.5||2||2||33||0||16.5||6.5||10.0||0%||1||1||0||6%||30%||50%||20%|
|5 @JAC||Outdoor 87°||4.2||26th||2.10||6.5||44.5||2||2||22||0||11.0||6.5||4.5||0%||2||0||0||8%||30%||40%||30%|
|7 @LV||Dome 65°||9.8||13th||3.27||7.0||45.5||4||3||68||0||22.7||8.0||14.7||0%||3||1||0||10%||42%||42%||15%|
|8 TEN||Dome 75°||1.5||49th||1.50||1.5||40.5||2||1||5||0||5.0||5.0||0.0||0%||0||0||0||7%||57%||29%||14%|
|9 PHI||Dome 77°||0.0||53rd||0.00||13.5||43.5||1||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0%||0||0||0||5%||31%||50%||19%|
|10 @NYG||Outdoor 50°||10.2||9th||3.40||5.0||40.5||3||3||72||0||24.0||3.7||20.3||0%||2||1||0||8%||52%||46%||3%|
|11 WAS||Dome 51°||2.8||33rd||1.40||3.0||40.5||3||2||8||0||4.0||2.5||1.5||0%||0||0||0||9%||46%||39%||15%|
|12 @MIA||Outdoor 84°||15.1||7th||3.02||14.0||45.5||5||5||61||1||12.2||3.0||9.2||0%||4||1||0||13%||43%||50%||7%|
|13 CLE||Dome 37°||5.1||21st||1.70||7.5||47.5||6||3||21||0||7.0||1.0||6.0||25%||1||0||0||16%||15%||70%||15%|
|14 @DAL||Dome 53°||1.5||39th||1.50||17.5||44.5||2||1||5||0||5.0||4.0||1.0||0%||0||0||0||8%||23%||60%||17%|
|15 KC||Dome 50°||11.2||13th||3.73||14.0||49.5||6||3||22||1||7.3||5.0||2.3||25%||1||0||0||22%||40%||47%||13%|
|16 @TEN||Outdoor 22°||6.9||23rd||2.30||3.0||35.5||3||3||39||0||13.0||9.0||4.0||0%||1||1||0||10%||15%||77%||9%|
|17 JAC||Dome 70°||5.8||31st||2.90||3.5||43.5||3||2||38||0||19.0||15.5||3.5||33%||1||1||0||7%||39%||51%||10%|
|18 @IND||Dome 36°||25.0||1st||6.25||3.0||38.5||8||4||70||2||17.5||11.5||6.0||0%||3||1||0||21%||27%||68%||6%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2018 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
Links up with Browns
Akins agreed Friday with the Browns on a two-year deal, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
A 2018 third-round pick, Akins played 73 games for Houston the past five seasons, topping 400 yards three times without ever reaching 500. His 37-495-5 receiving line last year was a career-best effort, and he's now headed to Cleveland where he'll compete for backup snaps with Harrison Bryant. Given his lack of blocking prowess, Akins might be an insurance plan for David Njoku more so than the clear-cut No. 2 TE -- a role that tends to be more about run-blocking than catching passes.
Draws interest from Browns
Akins is slated to visit the Browns, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Akins is coming off a 2022 campaign with the Texans in which he tied his career high in catches (37), while recording season bests in receiving yards (495) and TDs (five). If the 2018 third-rounder signs with the Browns, he'll add depth to a Cleveland tight end corps led by returnees David Njoku and Harrison Bryant.
Plays hero in season finale
Akins secured four of eight targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 32-31 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also caught a game-winning two-point conversion pass.
The journeyman tight end played the unlikely hero in an unlikely win, corralling a 28-yard touchdown grab on a 4th-and-20 heave from Davis Mills late in the fourth quarter and then securing the subsequent two-point conversion pass that proved the difference in the contest. Akins' Week 18 production allowed him to finish the 2022 campaign having tied his career high in receptions (37) and setting new personal bests in receiving yards (495) and touchdowns (five). The fifth-year pro played this season on a one-year contract, and given his ability to once again offer solid production as a pass catcher, Akins shouldn't have much trouble finding an NFL home in 2023.
Makes two receptions
Akins caught two passes for 38 yards on three targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Akins has been productive on a per-snap basis in 2022, but he hasn't been able to scale up that production over a bigger workload. It's possible that Akins could do more if the Texans gave him more snaps, but with Brevin Jordan and O.J. Howard also in the mix, his opportunity is capped to an extent.