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Texans Missing in Short Yardage

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In the offseason, the Texans were looking for a running back to come off the bench and play behind Steve Slaton, who excelled as a rookie when he rushed for 1,282 yards, averaged 4.8 per carry and scored nine touchdowns. Slaton had 1,659 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns.

The idea was to give another back 10 to 12 touches a game. The coaches wanted a back larger than Slaton, one who could move the chains in goal-line and short-yardage situations. Coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith targeted Cincinnati free agent Cedric Benson, a native Texan who played at the University of Texas. Benson, who had overcome some off-field issues, visited the Texans, and...

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