Running the Ball Well an Early Key for the Texans

The Texans continue to prepare for the 2008 season with question marks at the RB spot.  Ahman Green, who has been totally unreliable in his tenure in Houston, says that despite an injury in the first play of the first preseason game to his groin, he’ll be ready to go come September 7th vs the Steelers in Pittsburgh.  “I’m very happy with the way it’s going,” he said. “It’s nothing serious. It’s one of those training-camp things where you get kind of worn out. You’ve just got to get your legs back under you.”

Right now the team leads the NFL is preseason passer rating at 126.7, but the team realizes that a lack of running the football is going to but too much stress on QB Matt Schaub come the regular season, and they are going to have to find yards on the ground from somewhere.  With Green being injury-prone, the job may fall in the hands of rookie Steve Slaton.

Slaton has played well enough in the first two games to make the coaches think twice before keeping him off the field, but again, he’s a rookie and it remains to be seen if he can hold up.  The team also has Chris Brown and Chris Taylor, and yesterday took a flier on former Cardinal back Marcel Shipp.

This team ran for just 99.1 yards per game last season, a number that is going to have to improve if they even want to get back to the .500 mark they were last season going 8-8.  With three of the first four games on the road, the running game is may be the most important part of the early success, or lack of it, for the Texans in 08.

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