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Marc Lawrence, — How good is the Houston Texans’ record-setting quarterback? “The kid is unspeakably gifted, but he also understands there is some stuff at this level he doesn’t know. He asks questions. Older guys appreciate that,” said long-snapper Jon Weeks. Per The, last Sunday, with Houston trailing in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth thriller, Stroud looked his team in the huddle and told them: “If you just give me a little bit of time, I’m gonna make them pay.” Dalton Shultz, the Texans’ tight end took it one step further when he said, “He ain’t gonna come like no slouch. If he’s gonna do something, that motherf—er is gonna do it.” What Stroud did Sunday, no first-year quarterback has ever done in this league – 470 passing yards, five touchdowns, a 147.8 passer rating, all rookie records. He comes from a broken family where his father, Coleridge Stroud III, taught him to throw a spiral. A prisoner-turned-pastor, went away when his youngest son was only 13, sentenced in California to 38 years at Folsom Prison after pleading guilty to charges of carjacking, kidnapping, robbery, and misdemeanor sexual assault. C.J. uses it as an incentive to be the best he can be, and from what we’ve seen so far, he has the tools to be a premier quarterback in the league. He’s that good. And that’s the spin on C.J. Stroud. Enjoy the weekend

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