Nov 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (41) rushes during a game against the New Orleans Saints at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Grimes, Running Back
The Houston Texans have used running back Jonathan Grimes very sparingly this season, despite there being minimal production at the position. For that reason, it would make sense that the 25-year old back would look for more opportunities to get the ball when he becomes a free agent in 2016.
After 12 games in 2015, Grimes is averaging 4.7 yards per rush, but has only 38 rushes for 177 yards. Used primarily as a third-down back, he does have 20 receptions on the season, which have gone for another 136 yards.
Grimes has been unable to record a touchdown this season either on the ground, or through the air. His only trip across the end zone has been a two-point conversion during the Texans’ loss to the Buffalo Bills.
With many teams employing a running back by committee approach, it would make sense that there is probably a team out there willing to give Grimes something more along the lines of 5-10 carries a game, which could lure him away from the Texans.
A big plus in signing the fourth-year pro would be that he is a well respected special teams player. Signing him as a rotational back would not only give a team a quality option when running the ball, but also someone who shows no hesitation to put in the hard work needed on coverage units.
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