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.
The Texans signed Ferguson to a reserve/future contract. Ferguson spent the majority of the season on Houston's practice squad and now will have a chance to make the 2019 roster. The 25-year-old running back has 16 carries for 25 yards and 23 receptions for 152 yards during his short career, though he failed to spend any time on an NFL roster this season.
Ferguson was signed to the Texans' practice squad Monday. Within the last week alone Ferguson has made pitstops in Cleveland and New England before temporarily settling in Houston. At 25 years old, Ferguson presents a youthful option at running back, but it's more likely he'll be used on special teams should he stick around.
Ferguson worked out for the Browns on Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. Ferguson was released from the Texans' practice squad in October, and appears to have garnered some attention in Cleveland. The career journeyman could tentatively serve to bolster the Browns' running back depth, considering that the team's only backup to Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson is Dontrell Hilliard.
Ferguson was released from the Texans' practice squad Tuesday. Ferguson just joined the squad last week, so his time there was short-lived. The former Illinois standout was waived by the Colts on Sept. 18 after three years with the team. He is now set to look for a new opportunity.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|3||09/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|6||10/13||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|13||12/02||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|16||12/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
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