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CJ Stroud was sleeping when the Texans made their big trade for Stefon Diggs

Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud was apparently one of the last in his circle to find out that the team had added a top wide receiver in Stefon Diggs.

Speaking to reporters as the Texans began offseason workouts, the NFL’s 2023 Offensive Rookie of the Year winner admitted he was asleep when news of the trade for Diggs was reported.

“I was actually sleeping,” Stroud said. “I was asleep; I had been on the west coast, back home in LA, so I was passed out. I keep my phone under the stairs; I get a lot of calls. So I didn’t really know and woke up, and my boy Chase B texted ‘to me. He said, ‘How you feeling, bro?’

Stroud thought his friend was just having a conversation and fell back asleep. But after he fully woke up and saw similar messages from others, he knew something had to be done. Finally, he saw the news on Instagram that the Texans were getting Diggs and realized friends weren’t just watching him.

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“It was cool,” Stroud said. “It was really nice to see that.

When asked what his first thought was when he realized Diggs would be joining the Texans, Stroud said he was “very excited.”

“I met him at the Pro Bowl. We met; I met his kids and saw what kind of person he was,” Stroud recalled. “From that point on, we’ve been able to grow our relationship. It’s really cool to be able to go from that scene to him being a teammate of mine, and I’m really excited to get to work with him.”

Diggs is expected to have a significant impact on an already productive Texans offense. Last season with the Buffalo Bills, the nine-year veteran caught 107 passes for 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns.

He creates a powerful tandem with fourth-year receiver Nico Collins, who had 80 receptions for 1,297 yards and eight scores. Rookie Tank Dell also put up impressive numbers with 47 catches for 709 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Stroud threw for 4,108 yards – the eighth-highest total among NFL quarterbacks – and 23 touchdowns (versus five interceptions) in his first NFL season. It’s not hard to imagine him improving those numbers by throwing to an established target like Diggs. Everyone involved with the Texans, along with the team’s fans, is excited about that.

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