Could Tyler Ervin’s role continue to expand?

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Tyler Ervin is a weapon that the Houston Texans may unleash more and more as the season goes on.

Houston Texans’ second-year running back Tyler Ervin has been a bright spot on a struggling offense this season.

Ervin is a small back that is great in open space and it looks like that’s where the Texans are trying to use him.

Now last week Ervin was used primarily as a receiver due to all of the injuries the Texans have been dealing with at that position. He was targeted five times and caught three passes for 16 yards.

You have to wonder how good Ervin really could be as a receiver if Houston’s offensive line could give rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson more time in the pocket.

The Texans are clearly confident in Ervin. He carried the ball times for eight yards and was targeted five times as he caught four passes for 18 yards during their week one loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien likes what he sees from Ervin.

"“I think he’s getting better,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think he’s a very hard-working kid. Every game for him, relative to receiver especially, something new comes up that we can teach and we can work on the following week.“He just works. He’s a very, very diligent guy and because of his work ethic and his athletic ability, he’ll continue to get better.”"

Ervin adds another dimension that running backs Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman just can’t provide. He’s a home run hitter that has the ability to score anytime he touches the football.

With second-year wide receiver Braxton Miller still waiting to break out, and Will Fuller still working his way back from a broke collarbone, I could see Ervin’s role get bigger as the season goes on.

I would expect Ervin to get more looks as the season rolls on.

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