The Houston Texans should always look to be adding to their depth or even starting lineup, and that even includes adding a veteran running back.
It is evident as of early June the Houston Texans don’t have the greatest running back combination in the entire NFL. It can be said the Texans running backs are serviceable, and with the likes of Lamar Miller, the franchise knows what they have. All in all, though, the depth of the running back position could leave some wanting for more.
Here is an idea for the 2019 season: what if they Texans add a free agent running back that is 25 years old or older? That player would bring valuable experience to the roster and depth chart of the running backs.
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According to OurLads.com the depth chart of the Texans consists of the following players: Miller, D’Onta Foreman, Cullen Gillaspia (rookie), Taiwan Jones, Josh Ferguson, Buddy Howell, Damarea Crockett (rookie) and Karan Higdon (rookie).
There could be some diamonds in the rough on that list who could possibly show what they are capable of once training camp starts late next month, and there are others still looking to prove themselves in the NFL. However, there is still a lot of unknown and mystery when it comes to the running backs of the Texans.
Last season, Miller was the leading rusher for the Texans with 210 attempts for 973 yards in 14 games with five touchdowns. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry, and his longest rush went for a 97-yard touchdown. With Miller, the Texans know they have a running back who will either be very close to 1,000 yards rushing each season or around that number, as he last rushed for 1,000 or more yards in 2016 when he totaled 1,073 yards with Houston.
Miller is a free agent following this upcoming season, so he’s most likely looking to prove he’s still a serviceable running back and can break the 1,000-yard plateau in 2019.
Foreman is another running back on the roster who many are waiting to break away and begin making a name for himself, as he’s shown at times he has the talent to be successful with the Texans. Injuries have slowed down the career of Foreman, but without Alfred Blue in front of him entering training camp, this could be the year for Foreman.
The others listed on this list also have much to prove, and as for the rookies listed in Gillaspia, Crockett and Higdon, one of them could really surprise too, so that is something to watch.
If the Texans aren’t comfortable with all they have at running back at this point of the offseason, here are four free agent running backs that are 25 years old or older who could provide some strong effort, and even more so, could provide a key role filler at times this upcoming season.