Steve Slaton (Getty Images)
BattleRedNation.com is going to look at the Texans, position by position, and give our final evaluation of what happened during the 2008 season. Now we’re going to touch on the running back position.
Steve Slaton - 268 attempts, 1282 yards, 4.8 ypc., nine touchdowns; 50 receptions, 377 yards, one touchdown.
Ahman Green - 74 attempts, 294 yards, 4.0 ypc., three touchdowns; 11 receptions, 32 yards.
Others: Vonte Leach, Ryan Moats, Chris Taylor
Positives: The Texans finally found a franchise running back in third-round steal, Steve Slaton. Slaton is explosive, finishes runs, and catches the ball out of the backfield with ease. Leach is one of the better fullbacks in the NFL and he can catch the football out of the backfield. Moats gave the team some good minutes in limited end of the season action, and Taylor is a tough runner who can play both halfback and fullback.
Negatives: Slaton wasn’t all that effective in short yardage situations around the goal line. Green hasn’t been able to stay healthy since his arrival in Houston, and will likely be shown the door. Leach is pretty much a pure blocking fullback. Moats and Taylor can’t really be counted upon if Slaton were to go down.
Overall: The Texans have to be pleased with their ground game, thanks to the discovery of Steve Slaton, but they still need another reliable back to team up and take some of the abuse away from Slaton.
Solution: Although the Texans have greater needs at other positions, they need to find a compliment to Slaton, and they will likely do so in the middle rounds of the draft unless one of the top prospects drops in their laps.
Overall grade: B