Texans looking for help in ground game

April, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN's Darren Lyn

HOUSTON -- The Texans averaged 382 yards per game last season, which ranked third in the NFL. Rookie running back Steve Slaton, who rushed for 1282 yards, was a big part of that offensive output, but with the release of Ahman Green during the offseason, the Texans say they'd like to pair up Slaton's dashing speed with a bigger back who can pound it up the middle.

Even though running baacks Chris "Beanie" Wells from Ohio State or Knowshon Moreno from Georgia fit that description, it is very unlikely the Texans would take either of them even if they are available at the Texans' No. 15 spot because the team is focusing on shoring up its defense with that pick. The team believes it can draft a good running back in the later rounds, and the Texans have a total of eight selections during this draft. Some running back names being thrown around on different mock draft boards include Shonn Green from Iowa, Donald Brown from UConn, and Cedric Peerman from Virginia.

With the offseason departure of quarterback Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings, the Texans picked up Dan Orlovsky from the Lions to be the backup to starter Matt Schaub. But the Texans say it's not far-fetched to consider getting another solid backup quarterback in the later rounds. And they might not even have to leave the state of Texas to find that next quarterback. Among the names being considered: Graham Harrell from Texas Tech; Stephen McGee from Texas A&M; and Rhett Bomar from Sam Houston State.

Lyn is ESPN's bureau reporter in Houston.

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