While the running back position for the Houston Texans has the likes of big names such as Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson, and Rex Burkhead, there is a tight race for what possibly is the final spot in the crowded running back room.
It is a three-man battle for what could be the final spot between Scottie Phillips, Buddy Howell, and Darius Jackson. All three players found opportunities to showcase their skills in last week’s matchup versus the Packers.
Phillips led the way with 13 carries for 66 yards and one touchdown. The running back saw a hefty breakthrough for a 25-yard run. He also hauled in four receptions for 23 yards on five targets.
Howell was slightly ahead for second in rushing production with eight carries for a total of 38 yards. The four-year Houston Texans running back was only targeted once but failed to handle his lone toss.
Jackson, a sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, had five rushing attempts for 37 yards and one touchdown which he scored in the fourth quarter. Jackson was unable to catch his only target through the air.
The Houston Texans have shown that they are not going to be afraid to run the ball this season. With the game against the Cowboys quickly approaching, look for these three running backs to continue to battle it out with their on-field performances.
Expect these ball carriers to make the decisions for the general manager and coaches tougher as the games and practices continue on.