The Houston Texans lost Lamar Miller for the 2019 NFL season, so now it is time to sign free agent LeSean McCoy.
On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills released running back LeSean McCoy and let him free on the waiver wire. Now, if that isn’t a gift from the football gods for the Houston Texans, then what is?
The Texans lost Lamar Miller to an ACL tear in Week 3 of the NFL preseason, and though they have Duke Johnson on their roster this season and some young talent, the Texans need to make their offense better. McCoy is that guy.
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If the Texans were to have a running back duo of McCoy and Johnson sharing carries for the 2019 season, both have the potential to stay healthier longer, and neither would be forced to have the entire workload.
McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and though he isn’t coming off his strongest season — in 2018, McCoy totaled 161 carries for 514 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games (13 starts) — he is still a very valuable running back to have on a roster.
The top three running backs on the Texans roster from last season won’t be on the team this season with Miller out for the year, and Alfred Blue and D’Onta Foreman released by the franchise, so someone has to be added to make the roster of running backs better than what it is.
Before final cuts have been made, the Texans currently have Buddy Howell, Taiwan Jones and undrafted rookies Damarea Crockett and Karan Higdon. There is also rookie Cullen Gillaspia at fullback, and the Texans released Josh Ferguson this weekend as well.
For his career, McCoy has rushed for 10,606 yards and 69 touchdowns in six years with the Philadelphia Eagles and four years with the Buffalo Bills. Sure, McCoy isn’t a long-term solution for the Texans, but for ’19 he makes the team better, and the Texans wouldn’t have to trade a draft pick, either.
Houston does need to address adding another running back who can make a difference, and McCoy could bring veteran leadership to the offense.
If the addition of still being a talented player isn’t enough, then who knows what the Texans are thinking, but hopefully for the sake of the franchise it is good.