Houston Texans bring back C.J. Prosise to practice squad

running back C.J. Prosise (22) now of the Houston Texans Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
running back C.J. Prosise (22) now of the Houston Texans Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
C.J. Prosise, Houston Texans
running back C.J. Prosise (22) now of the Houston Texans Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans released, then re-signed running back C.J. Prosise this week.

The Houston Texans took away from their depth chart, but added to their practice squad all with the same player this week as C.J. Prosise is back with the team following him being siqned to the practice squad after he was released from the active roster.

Prosise has been active for six games this season, but on offense he’s had just one rush for one yard, and that was back in Week 3 in the Texans’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was also the last game Prosise has played in this season, as Prosise has played in just five total offensive snaps in his first regular season with the Texans.

While a member of the Seahawks in 2019, Prosise played in 11 percent of the Seattle offensive snaps a year ago in nine games. In that time on the field the running back had 23 carries for 72 yards with one touchdown, and he had four carries go for a first down.

This is Prosise’s fifth year in the league, and though he’s not playing much for the Houston Texans this season, it is smart of the team to have him on the practice squad. Injuries do occur, and with the way the Texans’ rushing game has been this season, who knows if he’ll be needed or not.

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Houston Texans: Running back numbers not the best in 2020

Currently the Houston Texans have two running backs in David Johnson and Duke Johnson who basically have all the carries, and that’s fine. The issue is sometimes they don’t make the best reads, or the offensive line doesn’t make the best blocks, so miscues will and have occurred this season, leading to very little success when running the ball.

The running backs of the Houston Texans this season have been led by David Johnson with 101 carries for 392 yards and three touchdowns. Next in rushing yards is quarterback Deshaun Watson at 30 carries for 147 yards and one touchdown. The next running back on the rushing list is Duke Johnson at 18 carries for 54 yard and zero touchdowns.

For the season if you add in the one yard by Prosise (and the sero yard rush by Will Fuller), the Texans have 151 rushing attempts in the first seven games for 594 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. The longest rush of the season for the Texans is 29 yards by David Johnson.

The numbers in rushing yardage aren’t great for the Houston Texans, and maybe if Prosise gets back on the active roster this season he’ll be used more.

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Though his usage is doubtful to be much more than what we’ve seen already, it is smart for the Texans to have him in the organization because injures could occur at some point during the remainder of the season, and he’ll be needed.