The Houston Texans made an interesting decision on Monday when they waived third year wide receiver Jaelen Strong. He has had off-field and conditioning issues, and after a Week 1 suspension, he barely played on a roster filled with holes after DeAndre Hopkins. Will Fuller is working his way back, and it became clear that Strong was not in their plans moving forward.
People were quick to inquire whether the 49ers should make a move for Strong. It turns out they did not. The NFL transaction report for Tuesday will arrive in just a bit, but NFL reporters Adam Schefter and Aaron Wilson are both reporting the Jacksonville Jaguars were awarded Strong off waivers.
For the first three weeks of the NFL season, the waiver wire order is based on 2017 NFL Draft position. That means the Cleveland Browns hold the top waiver spot, followed by the 49ers, Bears, and Jaguars. Strong landing in Jacksonville means the Browns, 49ers, and Bears all passed on him.
The 49ers passing game has not done much to start the season, and while Marquise Goodwin’s drops are infuriating, the wide receivers are a little further down my list of concerns for now. And given the investment in some of them, either in free agency or the draft, I am not surprised the 49ers would stay away from Strong.