Hilliard was released by the Texans on Tuesday.
Hilliard finished 2016 as a member of the Texans' practice squad but was never elevated to the active roster. Houston has a number of running backs battling for a spot behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue this offseason -- including talented rookie D'Onta Foreman -- while it elected to keep Dare Ogunbowale, another first-year back, and Akeem Hunt through this round of cuts.
Hilliard signed a futures contract with the Texans on Monday, The Houston Chronicle reports.
Hilliard, who finished the season on the Texans' practice squad, is yet to see any game action since being taken in the seventh round out of LSU back in 2015. He'll likely contend for No. 3 duties behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.
Houston fills the opening on its practice squad after promoting Akeem Hunt to the active roster last week. The Texans drafted Hilliard in the seventh round out of LSU in 2015, and he spent his rookie season on the team's practice squad. He showed up at 2016 training camp in better condition and was given a good chance in preseason games, but he had some problems holding onto the football before being part of the final cuts.
Hilliard led all Houston running backs in rushing attempts during the preseason, but he had a costly fumble in the red zone on Thursday while fellow back Akeem Hunt had two touchdowns.
|P1||8/9/17||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|2||9/14/17||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/29/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/17||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|