The 2015 NFL preseason has not yet started yet, the Houston Texans may already be in trouble. Arian Foster is injured. Again. He will miss time. A lot of time. In fact, there is even some concern that Foster will miss more than half of the upcoming regular season. Head coach Bill O’Brien said that Alfred Blue would be the Texans’ starting running back “as of now.” Translation? The Texans are actively seeking an upgrade.
Houston had actually intended to sign former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas, following a visit in Wednesday but, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. That does not mean that a deal cannot be consummated at a later date but, as of now, Thomas remains a free agent and the Texans remain on the hunt for another back.
That brings us to the likes of Steven Jackson who, truth be told, has slowed down a ton over the past couple of seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Obviously, there is a reason that Jackson is still looking for work. The same can be said for Chris Johnson, who is also looking to continue his career. Backs such as Knowshon Moreno are looking to prove they are still healthy enough to play, while Ahmad Bradshaw is looking to do the same after sitting out one game for a suspension.
Then, you have a player such as Ray Rice. Not only was he awful during his last season with the Baltimore Ravens but, Rice is going to have a difficult time breaking back into the league following his 2014 suspension for assaulting his now-wife in an elevator. The public conception factor may be more than the reward for signing Rice.
The Texans could also look at the likes of Ben Tate or Shonn Greene but, they have to weigh whether or not either of them would actually represent an upgrade. Of course, Houston could also go the rare NFL trade route and consider dealing for Christine Michael or Montee Ball or Charles Sims. Either way, this is not the way the Texans wanted to begin the preseason.