Ervin spent the last half of the 2018 season on Baltimore's practice squad and he'll now set his sights on an active roster spot in 2019. The young running back appeared in 25 games for Houston over the past three seasons but only had five rushes for 15 yards and 14 catches for 91 yards over that span. He'll have a shot at a depth slot with the Ravens next season.
Ervin and the Ravens have agreed to a practice squad contract.
After Ervin saw minor action throughout the season with Houston, the team ultimately elected to cut ties with the 2014 fourth-round selection last week. The Ravens -- who have questionable depth at the position -- didn't waste much time adding him to the practice squad. Ervin could join the active roster down the road if one of the depth backs underperforms or suffers an injury.
The Texans waived Ervin on Wednesday.
The 2016 fourth-round pick got some snaps as a slot receiver in October, but he mostly fell out of the Texans' offensive game plan after Houston traded for Demaryius Thomas last week. Ervin has five carries for 15 yards and 14 catches for 91 yards in 25 career games, with most of his touches coming in the return game. He never really stood out on special teams, averaging 8.8 yards on 56 punt returns and 21.0 yards on 29 kickoff returns, with nary a touchdown to his name. Ervin is no lock to find work before the end of the season.
Ervin played 10 snaps on offense and did not get a touch or a target in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Broncos.
Ervin had received a bump in playing time the previous two weeks at slot receiver, as Keke Coutee (hamstring) battled injury. With Coutee inactive Sunday, it looked like another opportunity for Ervin, but the Texans tilted heavily to the run -- Houston ran the ball 33 times compared to 24 pass attempts. That game plan meant a lot of two-tight end sets and put a cap on Ervin's appearances on offense.
When healthy, Coutee serves as the starting slot receiver, but he didn't make the trip to Denver. Ervin, whose primary responsibility is as a kick and punt returner, was a pass-catching threat in college at San Jose State and played some slot last season for Houston. He filled in for an inactive Coutee last week and entered the previous game when Coutee first suffered the injury. Ervin caught one pass in each game while playing a combined 57 snaps. That's not a great snap-to-target ratio but Houston will be working with a new wideout, Demaryius Thomas, which could lead to more targets for Ervin on Sunday.
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