On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Sep. 25, 2017 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Play 60 at the Park pres. by Texas Children's Hospital

    Join us at Levy Park (3801 Eastside St., Houston, TX 77098) on Monday, Sept. 25 from 4-7 PM for fun-filled events to keep your kids active!

    Complete details snd registration info - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Play60Park.html

  • Tue., Sep. 26, 2017 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Players Show Live from Fuddruckers

    Join Texans DE Chirstian Covington from 6 PM – 7 PM at Fuddruckers (3929Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027) for a live Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 broadcast with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer, and special guests!

    Plus, all Houston area Fuddruckers will be feature a Buy One Texans Burger Combo, Get One Free Texans Burger and $15 beer buckets every Tuesday during the season for fans showing up in their Texans gear, whether the Texans win or lose their previous game, so don't miss out!

    Then stay for Texans All Access from 7-8 PM.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

  • Fri., Sep. 29, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 801 Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77023

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE Jumbo Jack for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

News

Print
RSS

Wade Phillips worried about RB, TE depth

Posted Dec 26, 2013

With the number of injuries on offense growing, the Texans are running out of targets at running back and tight end.

With the number of injuries on offense growing, the Texans are running out of targets.

“Well, let’s see, we’re down to our fifth running and our third tight end,” interim head coach Wade Phillips said Thursday. “Yes, I’m worried about it. I know injuries are a part of the game, but, at this time of year, we’d like to have more people healthy, but we don’t. So we’re going to go with it.”

Running backs
This week the Texans signed rookies Ray Graham and Toben Opurum to the active roster. Graham competed for a roster spot in training camp and had been on the Texans practice squad. Opurum, 6-foot-1 and 250, was signed to the active roster from the Kansas City practice squad.

Johnathan Grimes is expected to be the starting running back for Sunday’s game at Tennessee after being signed on December 18. Grimes may start over Dennis Johnson who is listed as questionable after missing practice with a hip injury. Grimes logged his first carries this season last week against Denver when he came in for Deji Karim and Johnson in the fourth quarter. He had five carries for 23 yards.

“Every week, you have a week for a game and, like I said, every week, you prepare like a starter,” Grimes said. “It’s not much different for me mentally.”

Karim is the latest to be added to the list of season-ending injured reserve players, joining starters Arian Foster and Ben Tate. The Texans will try to finish out the season with a combination of rookies on Sunday.

“We really try to teach everything in concepts and the guys that we have at running back have been around for a training camp,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “We try not to change too much or be too extravagant, obviously with formations and what not for those guys to get them in a spot where they’d be really uncomfortable. But we’re helping them along and coaches are doing a good job making sure that they understand what they’re supposed to do.”


Tight ends
Tight end depth has also been an ongoing concern with Owen Daniels unable to practice after being placed on IR with designation to return on October 9. Garrett Graham has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, leaving rookie Ryan Griffin as the lone tight end.

“He did not practice and I don’t expect him to play,” Phillips said of Graham’s status on Thursday. “He hasn’t played in several games and he seems to be the same as he’s been.”

Meanwhile, Griffin has stepped up in the past two games, catching the ball the last eleven times he has been targeted.

“Ryan is taking advantage of the situation that’s presented itself,” Dennison said. “I’ll tell him that. He’s certainly has done a good job and that’s something to be said. Some guys, if you give them an opportunity, they don’t respond. Ryan has and I think that’s a part of his training. There was a period where he struggled a little bit earlier in the year and he just kept grinding at it. He’s done a good job.”

Fullback Brad Smelley was added to the active roster this month to give the Texans another options but the tight end-turned fullback has also been dealing with a calf injury that has kept him out of practice.

The Texans have just one other option at tight end, Phillip Supernaw who was signed to the practice squad on December 18.

Twitter.com/DeepSlant


Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.

Trending Now

Recent News