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Former Alabama player now looks ‘explosive’ for AFC South team in OTAs

Houston Texans wide receiver John Metchie warms up ahead of game against Colts
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John Metchie is a testimony to his family, friends, Alabama football, and the Houston Texans.

The native Canadian was a second round pick of the 2022 NFL Draft and seventh round pick of the CFL Draft.

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He signed his rookie contract with the Houston Texans of the National Football League, regardless of the BC Lions wanting his services in the Canadian Football League. Metchie was a two-time Jon Cornish Trophy winner (2020, 2021) for the Crimson Tide as the top Canadian player in college football. He assisted Alabama to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020 while becoming a 1,000-plus yard wide receiver (1,142) in 2021. Metchie world was challenged when he was diagnosed with leukemia before the start of his rookie season in Houston. He missed the 2022 campaign to get better and stronger, but Metchie fought through adversity to play 16 games last season. Metchie caught 16 passes for 158 yards, and it felt good to see him do it.

DeMeco Ryans, the Texans’ head coach, is seeing Metchie take another step in organized team activities. 

According to Aaron Wilson, who covers Houston for KPRC Channel 2, Ryans said Metchie now looks ‘explosive.’ 

The former two-time Southeastern Conference Champion now has an opportunity to create a special impact on the franchise. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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