Houston Texans: 5 players whose stock is falling
By Randy Gurzi
3. Tyler Ervin, RB/KR
Head coach Bill O’Brien wanted to see rookie running back Tyler Ervin get a crack at being the featured return man. On Saturday Ervin may have hurt his chances of seeing that come to fruition.
The fourth-round pick out of San Jose State had one kickoff return, but for just 14 yards. It was the shortest kick return of the night for Houston as he was outdone by fellow rookie Wendall Williams and second-year running back Akeem Hunt.
On punt returns he wasn’t any better despite getting more chances. Ervin had three punt returns on the night go for nine yards. His long of the night was a six yard return. He also avoided disaster when fielding a punt he should have fair caught. The gain was minimal but the risk could have cost his team a possession.
Ervin was selected because of his blazing speed and ability to be a change-of-pace back. Houston also liked how well he performed as a return man for the Spartans and they were hoping for the production to transfer to the next level.
As a running back Ervin had two rushes for five yards. In the first game he went for just one yard on four rushes. It hasn’t been the best start for Ervin.
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