Blue carried seven times for 36 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Titans in Week 2. Blue once again provided adequate relief for starter Lamar Miller, averaging 5.1 yards per carry after going for 7.2 per and scoring a touchdown last week. Unlike Week 1, he didn't get any red-zone carries, and the Texans never possessed the ball inside the five-yard line, where Blue could be used as the bigger back.
Blue carried five times for 36 yards and scored a touchdown in Week 1's 27-20 loss to the Patriots. Blue scored Houston's first touchdown, bouncing outside from the 1-yard line untouched as the offensive line sealed the edge nicely. He had started the drive, was replaced by Lamar Miller when Houston went into hurry-up mode, then came back into the game when the Texans got near the goal line. It's not clear if Blue will be the automatic choice inside the 5-yard line going forward, but as a bigger back, he could get his share of carries in the red zone.
Blue rushed four times for 18 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason win over the Cowboys. Blue scored a touchdown for the second straight week, which should cement his status as the top backup running back. That role was expected to be filled by D'Onta Foreman (Achilles), but he hasn't practiced or played and could open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and miss the first six games. Blue's preseason performance makes Houston's roster decision about Foreman less complicated. If the Texans feel Foreman will be back and ready to play by mid-season, they don't have to carry him on the initial 53-man roster, knowing Blue is a capable fill-in while Foreman rehabs on the PUP list.
Blue rushed five times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams on Saturday. Starter Lamar Miller saw a modest workload (three carries, eight yards), with Blue coming in on the fourth offensive series and scoring a three-yard touchdown on his first carry. The veteran back appears set to serve as Miller's primary backup to open the season with D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) still sidelined, and Saturday's production was a welcome sight after Blue had gained just 17 yards and fumbled in last week's win over the 49ers. The 27-year-old should see a decent workload behind Miller, but not enough to warrant fantasy consideration as long as the latter remains healthy.
Blue gained 17 yards on seven carries and caught his lone target for five yards in Saturday's preseason win over San Francisco. Blue found little running room for the second straight week and added the ignominy of a fumble to his preseason log. He's done little to enthuse fantasy owners seeking the next viable option following starter Lamar Miller. If D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) is not available for the start of the season, Blue remains the most likely backup for Miller despite the uninspiring August numbers.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||New York Giants||19||16.00|
|15||12/15||@New York Jets||15||16.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||118||460||1||11||68||0||56|