3. Running back depth
The Texans run game has been underwhelming throughout the first two games in the preseason. Quarterback Joe Webb has led the team in the rushing department for the second consecutive game with 22 yards on four carries against the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend.
Alfred Blue, Tyler Ervin, Troymaine Pope, Lavon Coleman and Terry Swanson have been unable to demonstrate that they deserve more touches in the run game as well. Blue and Coleman both struggled with ball security and fumbled the football versus the 49ers. Once the regular season arrives the Texans can’t afford mistakes from players they’ll need to have solid efforts each week.
To fix this issue the Texans might need to look outside the team to add depth to the stagnant running game. The passing game can’t be expected to do everything offensively, and Lamar Miller won’t be enough to anchor the running game.
D’Onta Foreman is still working his way back after tearing his Achilles’ tendon last season and is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, leaving the Texans running game not in the best of shape.
Foreman had 78 carries in ’17 for 327 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.