There are four running backs on the Texans’ list of reported undrafted free agent signings. At least one of them will have a good chance at making the roster.
“We didn’t draft a running back, but boy, we signed a couple good ones in free agency,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said earlier this week at Reliant Stadium. “I like that group.”
“It was a big conversation during the draft,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “If we were able to draft a back, he’s really gonna make our team with what we’re gonna carry. We had a couple guys targeted that ended up going a little bit earlier than we thought, be we had some of these free agent guys that we had been talking about for a while.”
Graham (5-9, 190) tore his right ACL in 2011 but was first-team All-Big East in 2011 and 2012. He had 11 career 100-yard games, 32 rushing touchdowns and 98 catches. Johnson (5-7, 196) ran for 757 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and is Arkansas’ career kick return leader with 2,784 yards and three touchdowns.
Winn (5-10, 218) had 1,334 rushing yards (5.5 per carry) and 13 touchdowns as a senior in 2012. Wood (5-11, 213) had a 1,000-yard season in 2011 and finished his Notre Dame career with 2,447 yards (5.4 per carry) and 16 touchdowns.
Foster went undrafted out of Tennessee in 2009 before becoming a three-time Pro Bowler.
“We’ll bring them in, take a look,” Kubiak said. “We’ve been fortunate as a team that (Texans offensive coordinator) Rick (Dennison) and (running backs coach) Chick (Harris) and (offensive line coach) John (Benton) do a great job of finding a gem somewhere in the free agency period, especially at the running back position, so let’s see if we can find another one.”