The Houston Texans continue to sell the farm.
This time, it’s another running back getting let go. Phillip Lindsay, the veteran running back who started his career with fanfare in Denver is being waived. Lindsay was technically cut, per Ian Rapoport. Since the trade deadline has passed, all players hit waivers first before hitting free agency.
This is such random timing, as the Houston Texans are coming off an upset win over the Titans. One would think they’d want to continue with the roster and general gameplay that got them such a great win.
Lindsay only averaged an abysmal 2.9 yards per carry, and is the second running back to leave mid-season. Mark Ingram being traded was the other one to leave. At least this time there’s no late round pick to get mad at Nick Caserio (Houston’s general manager) for.
Houston Texans still can’t cut the right running back
Once again, who knows what Caserio is thinking. Ingram and Lindsay were both better than David Johnson, who somehow still remains on the roster. Johnson has clearly not been himself since breaking his wrist in the 2017 season opener when he was with the Arizona Cardinals.
It all comes back to the offensive line. No running back sans Barry Sanders can do it alone without a good offensive line. The injury-ridden state that’s possessed Houston’s starting five has thrown a wrench in the team’s plans from the beginning.
If the offensive line hadn’t gotten hurt, what would have happened to Houston’s season? Would either Ingram or Lindsay still be around? I can’t get excited about a backfield that features Rex Burkhead, Johnson and Scottie Phillips.
Philips is the only one of the three remaining runners that has any sort of promise. It’s just going to take time to developed him.
It’s undoubtedly a bold strategy by Caserio. Let’s see if it pays off.