Coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday that Ferguson is the top candidate for the team's third running-back job, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman rank as the clear top two options on the depth chart, but Ferguson's pass-catching skills and ability to contribute on special teams apparently give him an early edge on the likes of holdover Buddy Howell (hamstring), free-agent pickup Taiwan Jones and undrafted rookies Karan Higdon and Damarea Crockett. The 25-year-old Ferguson didn't see any action in the NFL in 2018, but he nonetheless possesses a good feel for the Houston offense after spending time on the Texans' practice squad.

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