Houston Texans: Top 3 running backs of 2010s

Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)
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Arian Foster of the Houston Texans (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans this past decade saw their share of success at the running back position.

When one thinks of the Houston Texans from the past decade, it was watching a team take the next step in building their franchise in their second decade. The Texans had some excellent success in their second decade, and in this topic of best running backs of the 2010s on the roster, there are three names that jump off the page when it comes to that position.

Houston saw some excellent players carry the football from 2010-19, and even the ninth-highest rusher in franchise history was during this time frame and that is current quarterback Deshaun Watson, because his 1,233 yards on the ground since 2017 not only makes him ninth all-time in franchise history, but Watson is fifth in rushing yards during the past decade.

That said, Watson will not be a part of this list as he’s not an official running back on the Texans roster. Also not on this list is Ben Tate, who played for the Texans from 2011-13, as he was a quality running back in mostly a reserve role while with the Texans. Tate had 1.992 rushing yards in those three seasons with 673 carries and eight touchdowns.

Alfred Blue won’t be in the Top 3 either for the Texans, even though he’s fourth all-time in rushing yards in franchise history with 2,407 yards and eight touchdowns from 2014-18. That is part of the issue — Blue averaged just 33 yards per game rushing and never once had close to a 1,000-yard rushing season. Blue was a serviceable running back for the Texans, but overall — at least on this list — he didn’t make the Top 3 for the Houston Texans.

Next are three players who were the best for the Texans in the past decade with the franchise. The trio of players have combined to play in 136 games, where they have totaled 9,936 yards with 73 touchdowns on 2,415 carries.