The Houston Texans made a move to make an effort at creating a running game Wednesday. The Texans waived RB Samkon Gado and signed RB Adimchinobe “Joe” Echemandu from their practice squad.
On October 10, Echemandu was signed to the Texans practice squad and became the fifth Nigeria born Texan. Now, he’s the fourth as fellow Nigeria born Gado was waived after not living up to the work he displayed in 2005 as a rookie under former Packers’ Head Coach, and current Texans’ Offensive Coordinator, Mike Sherman.
Joe Echemandu was the seventh round pick for Cleveland out of California. Before this season, Echemandu was an early favorite in mini-camps and landed a spot on the Oakland Raiders’ roster among Michael Bush (a fourth round pick), Dominic Rhodes (a Super Bowl MVP) and Lamont Jordan (Raiders starting RB). The Bear graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, was cut by the Raiders last week to make room for RB Dominic Rhodes. Echemandu was with the Raiders for two seasons, and practiced on the opposite side of his cousin, standout CB Nnamdi Asomugah. In his fourth NFL season, the Contra Costa Times quoted Raiders HC Lane Kiffin, “Joe had a really good camp. Actually, we used a phrase two nights ago to our coaches, that he might be the surprise player of the camp, as far as coming in and doing things right and really working extremely hard running the ball and taking care of it.” But Oakland waived Echemandu on October 6. He cleared waivers and the Texans four days later. The 5’10” 225lb. back could be an answer to the Texans RB problems.
On 18 carries, Gado has rushed for only 46 yards with one touchdown and one fumble. The touchdown was from short yardage, and the fumble left the opponent team possession near in their redzone. He could see offers from other teams in need of a RB once he clears waivers. Echemandu is a different option than the less agile backs in the Texans’ backfield. In his career, he has eight rushes for 25 yards and one fumble lost. He has three receptions for 25 yards.