Houston rookie C.J. Stroud's first NFL completion was a pass to himself

Houston Texans' C.J. Stroud throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The first completion of C.J. Stroud's NFL career was caught by ... C.J. Stroud.

The Houston rookie got the start in Sunday's season opener at Baltimore, and his day began in an unusual fashion. On the Texans' second play from scrimmage — and first pass attempt — Stroud's throw was batted into the air by linebacker Roquan Smith. Stroud was able to catch the ball before it hit the ground, and the former Ohio State star was tackled for a 1-yard gain.

On the next snap, Stroud completed his first pass to a teammate, connecting with running back Dameon Pierce.


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