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The Houston Texans brought in free agent offensive lineman Ulrick John for a workout after recent injuries to their depth chart.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans brought Ulrick John in for a workout with the injuries that have surfaced on the offensive line early in the season. Texans placed guard Senio Kelemete on the injured reserve after he dealt with a wrist injury that sidelined him the last two games. Although Kelemete has an opportunity to return after spending eight weeks on the IR, the Texans need sufficient depth at the offensive line moving forward.

Texans signed offensive tackle Christian Dilauro the practice squad to join Rick Leonard, but the offensive line could be in use of a player on the active roster for the following weeks. Outside of Kelemete’s injury, Seantrel Henderson has not practiced this week due to illness, and it puts his status in question with an already thin depth chart.

John joined the Indianapolis Colts after being selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent stints with the Colts, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and most recently the New Orleans Saints. John is a Super Bowl LIII champion with the Patriots in 2018 despite being placed on the IR early in the season.

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde has had an impressive start to 2019 but with the latest report, the decision to bring him back could be tough. What?
Carlos Hyde has been a diamond in the rough for the Houston Texans, but with Los Angeles Chargers’ running back Melvin Gordon reportedly being open to joining forces, should the franchise overlook Hyde’s performance and look toward signing Gordon in free agency this season? The answer may not be as easy as it seems.

Hyde, currently in his sixth season was a second-round pick in the 2014 Draft out of Ohio State taken by the San Francisco 49ers. Hyde was brought in to add another weapon to a lethal and explosive 49ers offense, but unfortunately, that did not work out. Since then, Hyde has bounced around from team to team trying to find his footing. But with the earliest of re
Going into the 2019 season, the Houston Texans were excited about their running back room as Houston traded for former Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson. Johnson was brought in to be another piece in the passing game for Deshaun Watson but an unfortunate season-ending injury to Lamar Miller quickly pushed Johnson to the top of the depth chart. Miller’s injury forced the Houston Texans‘ hands and the team traded for Carlos Hyde.

The team and fans were not quite sure what Hyde was going to bring to the table but once Hyde took the field Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, resulting in him running his hard-nosed style of football, there seemed to have been instant gratification among the franchise and most fans with what they saw.

Hyde fits Bill O’Brien’s power running scheme and seems like he might have found his home. Through the first three weeks, Hyde has run for 192 yards off 40 carries, has his highest average yards per carry (4.8), and has not coughed up the football.

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Gordon was open to being traded to Houston this offseason while still being disgruntled about his contract dispute with LA. The Chargers never listened to any offers from Houston, hence Gordon staying with the team.

This could be looking too far ahead, but Gordon, barring the Chargers resigning him, will be a free agent this coming offseason, leaving Houston with a big decision to make.

The answer may seem obvious here but Gordon does have an injury history and has a running style similar to Miller. I would love to see Hyde continue to bully defenses this season and see what the results are once his 2019 campaign has concluded.

Along with being a speedy yet finesse back, Gordon can catch the ball out of the backfield though, as the back averages 45.5 receptions a year. Duke handles most of those duties but it’s good to know that Hyde has those capabilities as well.

Another question that should be raised is if the Houston Texans go with Gordon, how does the team approach Johnson? He was brought in to be the pass-catching back but with the Miller injury, was forced to be a ball carrier too. Does Houston keep Johnson as a back up with plenty of versatility or do the Houston Texans go in a different direction?

My best guess would be Houston keeps Duke as his three-year, $15.6 million contract extension that he signed last season is extremely cost-effective, considering his stout production. Johnson has shown this year that he can sing the O’Brien praises of being a versatile football player.

So if Hyde regresses and takes a step back as the season goes on, the choice will be clear to move on from him. But if Hyde keeps up this impressive high level of play, I feel it’s safe to go with him moving forward.

I would love to hear what you think Houston Texans fans.

Go Texans!

Since entering the league in 2014, John has started in three of the ten appearances with the Dolphins, Cardinals, and Packers. His limited action has been due in part since he has ended on the IR with the Colts, Cardinals, Patriots, and the Saints.

However, John’s workout could be the first of many decisions as the Texans continue to fill out the depth chart based on the position of needs.

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