Jonathan Grimes will compete for a roster spot in training camp this summer. He previously worked as a passing downs back when Arian Foster was injured but didn't put up great numbers in that role. With Lamar Miller now a part of the Texans, Grimes' touches are likely headed south unless the newly signed starter misses playing time. Grimes seems a long way from being a key part of your team.
Grimes and the Texans agreed to a one-year extension on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Grimes will stay in Houston for at least one more season, though the specifics of the contract are still unknown. In his last three seasons in Houston he recorded 116 caries for 508 yards, 38 receptions for 355 yards, and three total touchdowns in 32 games. He'll look to compete for second-string reps next season behind new addition Lamar Miller.
Grimes will be a free agent once the market opens Wednesday at 4 PM ET, Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports. Entering the offseason as a restricted free agent, Grimes and the Texans were unable to settle at an amenable price. In three seasons with the club, he notched 116 carries for 508 yards (4.4 YPC), 38 receptions (on 45 targets) for 335 yards, and three total touchdowns in 32 games. Considering the workload, another reserve role is likely the best-case scenario on his next squad.
Grimes carried four times for 15 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards in Saturday's 30-0 loss to the Chiefs in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Grimes emerged late in the season as head coach Bill O'Brien's preferred top backup, moving ahead of Chris Polk over the final stretch of the season. He finished the season with career highs in carries (56), yards (282) and receptions (26). Grimes became a versatile part of the offense, even operating out of the Wildcat formation several times. He has three seasons in the organization, which may be a factor in whether the Texans keep him around for the 2016 season.
Grimes had a receiving and a rushing touchdown in Houston's 30-6 victory over Jacksonville in Week 17. He rushed four times for 26 yards and caught four of five targets for 28 yards as the Texans clinched the AFC South title with the win. Though Grimes has been part of a three-back committee for much of the season, the touchdowns were his only scores in the 2015 regular season. His role expanded when Arian Foster suffered a season-ending groin injury, but he never threatened Alfred Blue to become the team's lead back. He'll continue to get some touches when Houston hosts Kansas City in the opening round of the playoffs.
Grimes rushed six times for 25 yards in Sunday's 34-6 win over Tennessee. Grimes led Houston's running backs in yards per carry, but head coach Bill O'Brien is content rolling all three of his backs every game.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|3||09/23||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|12||11/27||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|13||12/04||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|3 Year Avg||39||169||1||13||112||0||33|