Aug 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Chris Polk (22) runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in a preseason NFL football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Polk, RB
The guy I felt had the best shot at challenging running back Alfred Blue for playing time during Arian Foster‘s absence was Chris Polk. The undrafted free agent spent three years with the Philadelphia Eagles before being signed by the Texans this offseason.
In the first game against San Francisco, Polk looked average at best and didn’t surprise much, while Blue had an excellent game.
Against Denver, Blue really struggled and Polk gave reason to believe he could be used much more in 2015 than he had been in Philly up to this point. Polk lead in both rushing yards, with 36 on seven carries and receiving yards with 34 on five receptions which was also a team high.
The yardage may not jump off the page, but this happened on what had been a completely anemic night offensively for Houston where Polk seemed to be the only guy to get any consistent yards all night long.
If Blue happens to struggle again, Blue can really try to eat into his playing time with a strong outing versus New Orleans. He runs with power, has great vision and is solid catching the ball out of the backfield. Look for him to try and display his ability as an overall back for the Texans.