The recent backup: Alfred Blue
Anyone who reads the Toro Times knows I am in no way, shape or form a believer in Alfred Blue. He has been in the league for two seasons and was given two shots at becoming a lead back while Arian Foster was hurt. Both times he fell flat on his face.
Weight: 222 pounds
Career rushing yards: 1,226
Career rushing TDs: 4
With Foster sidelined Blue ran a poor 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie and followed it up with a pathetic 3.1 yards per attempt. Yet, fans and coaches still seem to like the guy who consistently underperforms at each and every opportunity.
The best way to describe Blue’s skills at taking advantage of an opportunity came in two different preseason games in 2015. Against the 49ers, Blue and company were unable to punch the ball in despite seven tries. Yes, seven. Sure, not all those fails were Blue’s fault, but any pro running back could have found a way there, especially in an exhibition game.
Another preseason game saw the Louisiana State product need three tries to get a one-yard score against the Saints.
Simply put, the Texans need to move on, but sadly they probably won’t. Look for Blue to be the backup despite much more upside from rookie Tyler Ervin and much more actual NFL production from Jonathan Grimes.
Season prediction: Rush yards: 255, Yards per rush 3.5, TD’s: 1
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