Houston Texans signed running back Josh Ferguson to their practice squad, bringing more depth to the offense.
Ferguson played college football at the University of Illinois before deciding to enter to the 2016 NFL Draft, opting to sign with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent. In his first two seasons with the Colts, Ferguson had 16 carries for 25 yards, plus 23 receptions for 152 yards.
The Texans among the other 31 teams in the league cannot have enough running backs options in their active roster and scout team since the normal lifespan of running backs in the NFL is shorter due to the physical demand at that position. Ferguson is the first running back on the practice squad this season. To make room on the practice squad, the Texans released rookie defensive back Robert Jackson, who was signed to the practice squad a week ago.
Besides Ferguson, the Texans currently have wide receivers Malachi Dupre, Cyril Grayson, Isaac Whitney, tight end Jerrell Adams on the practice squad. Also for the offense on the practice squad are offensive lineman Kyle Fuller, Roderick Johnson and Chad Slade. Defensively the Texans only have outside linebacker Davin Bellamy and defensive back Andre Chachere on the practice squad.
The Texans have relied heavily on their practice squad to replace players that were sent to the injured reserve the season. The front office has continued to transform the practice squad as the season progresses, and the only players to remain on the practice squad since the start of the regular season are Fuller, Slade, Bellamy and Chachere.