Houston Texans: Full Position Breakdown and Depth-Chart Analysis at Running Back

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Houston Texans: Full Position Breakdown and Depth-Chart Analysis at Running Back
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The running back position was a nightmare for the Houston Texans last season.

Arian Foster has been one of the best backs in the entire league since 2010, but he was only healthy enough to make seven starts last season. Foster averaged over 1,400 yards each season between 2010 and 2012 but rushed for only 542 yards last year.

With Foster out, his longtime backup Ben Tate stepped in, but he had to fight through his own injuries throughout most of last season. Tate broke four ribs during the Texans' Week 8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs but somehow managed to play through the pain until re-injuring the ribs in mid-December.

Between 2010 and 2012 with Foster and Tate on the roster, the Texans ranked seventh, second and eighth in rushing yards gained, but their rank dropped all the way to 20th last season with both players battling injuries.

Without a quarterback on the roster capable of carrying the team, in my opinion, the team is likely to lean heavily on the running game. On top of carrying the ball, with several young offensive lineman likely to start, they'll be counted on as pass protectors as well.

The position has been devalued with no player selected during the first round of the draft over the last two years, but for the Texans to have the success they hope for this season, they'll need the running back group to be one of the best units on the roster.

Over the next several slides, I'll breakdown how I think the depth chart stacks up in reverse order.

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