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.
Grimes rushed once for one yard and didn't factor into the passing game Sunday against the Colts. One week after rushing seven times for 53 yards, Grimes' touches were extremely limited as Alfred Blue had 20 carries for 107 yards. Making matters worse, Akeem Hunt (five carries for 26 yards) and Chris Polk (four carries for six yards) all had more touches that Grimes, whose fantasy upside seems very limited right now.
Grimes had seven carries for 53 yards and two receptions for nine yards (on two targets) in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Patriots. According to Pro Football Focus, Alfred Blue didn't get any snaps, leaving Grimes (23 snaps) and Chris Polk (22) to split the workload, with Akeem Hunt (seven) also pitching in. Grimes had an impressive 37-yard carry early in Sunday's game, but he's still part of a timeshare in one of the NFL's least productive backfields. The Texans have a crucial Week 15 matchup with the Colts.
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