“I think I said last night, there’s something about (RB) Deji (Karim) that’s very trusting,” head coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday. “He’s played a little bit of football in the NFL. He does everything right. He’s helping (special teams coordinator) Joe (Marciano) on special teams. I think, if anything, he’s probably a little ahead of the other guys, probably just from experience.”
Karim, entering his fourth-year in the NFL, led the Texans in rushing with 15 carries for 92 yards in Saturday’s 24-17 preseason win over Miami. Karim’s experience also extends to two of the Texans AFC South rivals. He played two seasons in Jacksonville before appearing in three games as an Indianapolis Colt in 2012.
Undrafted rookie free agents
Cierre Wood (5-11, 205) had earned himself more reps following his preseason performance at Minnesota where he had 10 carries for 59 yards. When Tate returned for the Texans second preseason game against the Dolphins, Wood still managed to rush for 79 yards, with one carry of 20 yards, but has fallen short on special teams.
“Wood’s got a lot of talent,” Kubiak said. “He’s inconsistent in what he’s doing. He’s got to play better for Joe on special teams. Those guys have got to sort it out for us and they’re going to get a great deal of time here over the next two weeks.”
The Texans will next face the New Orleans Saint in preseason action on Sunday, August 25 at 3 p.m. at Reliant Stadium. The team will trim down to 75 players with the first-round of roster cuts just two days later on August 27.