The Houston Texans continue to upgrade the roster throughout the bye week.
The Houston Texans have claimed wide receiver DeAndre Carter off waivers from the reigning Super Bowl LII Champions the Philadelphia Eagles. The Texans had to make a subsequent move and Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported via Twitter that they released running back Tyler Ervin.
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Ervin was primarily the special teams’ punt and kick returner. He was drafted in the fourth round in the 2016 NFL Draft to complement the Texans offense as a running back and receiver out of the backfield. He never was able to break out, and suffering a serious torn patella knee injury last season seemed to have taken some of his explosiveness. These type of injuries are notorious for damaging the athleticism of football players, and Ervin unfortunately wasn’t the exception.
Ervin was utilized as the backup slot receiver since rookie wide receiver Keke Coutee has been dealing with recurring hamstring injuries. He wasn’t necessarily successful in this role, and his impact both on offense and special teams were marginalized in his third season with the team.
Ervin recorded no rushing yards in the nine games he played this season, and he only had three receptions for 18 yards as a receiver. As the returner for special teams, Ervin had 25.3 yards per kick return and 8.3 yards per punt return.
Carter entered the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. He is joining his sixth team after spending short stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Eagles and now with the Texans.
Carter played seven games with the Eagles before being waived, having two receptions for 21 yards with the Eagles’ offense. He served mainly on the Eagles’ special teams as the kick and punt returner, averaging 20.4 yards per kick return and 10.3 yards per punt return. Carter was expendable after the Eagles acquired wide receiver Golden Tate III during the trade deadline.
Carter will have the opportunity to face his former team as the Texans will play the Eagles in Week 16 of the regular season. He’ll have this bye week to get acclimated and will be penciled in as the kick and punt returner on special teams.