Miami Dolphins: Can Steve Slaton Ever Return to His Texan Form?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IAugust 20, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Steve Slaton #20 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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While the Miami Dolphins have a relatively bleak wide receiver situation, the squad has incredible depth at the running back position.

Amongst this talented half-back crew stands former starting running back of the Houston Texans, Steve Slaton.

Previously a third round draft pick out of West Virginia in the 2008 NFL Draft, Slaton proved to be an incredible asset for the Texans in his rookie season.

Averaging around five yards a carry in the 2008 season, Slaton put up impressive numbers, notching almost 1300 yards and nine touchdowns. On top of that, he was a key member of a passing game that included star wide receiver Andre Johnson.

With all the hype for his second season, Slaton was a disappointment in 2009. Battling injuries all year, Slaton had a hard time holding on to the football. And in his absence, undrafted free agent Arian Foster took the spotlight in Houston.

Now, with three games last under his belt last season in a Dolphins uniform, Slaton has resigned to a backup role in Miami. Battling with Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller for playing time, Slaton’s career has seemed like a one-hit wonder.

While his training camp performance has garnered some attention from the press, Slaton knows that a starting job in the NFL is not in his immediate future.

The West Virginia star who took the NFL by storm in his rookie season has many question marks concerning whether or not he will have another breakout year in his football career.

Fans can only wonder if his Texan career was merely a fluke or if Slaton is capable of producing those types of numbers again.