Blue rushed five times for a team-high 20 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Patriots.
A most encouraging sign for Blue's potential relevance was when he replaced starter Lamar Miller on the team's second drive as they drove inside New England's 10-yard line. He had one red-zone carry before quarterback Tom Savage hit Jaelen Strong for a touchdown. It's in that area -- the red zone where yards are hard to come by -- where there's potential value beyond Miller. Blue remains in the mix as the top backup, but is getting pushed by rookie D'Onta Foreman.
Blue credits his offseason practice of yoga and pilates for making him more explosive as seen in Wednesday's preseason-opening loss to the Panthers, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I think it's helping a lot," Blue said. "I think it's made me more explosive. It's the range of motion in your hips and stuff (to) be able to make those cuts and stuff in the open field."
Blue was the second running back off the bench Wednesday, following starter Lamar Miller, and rushed for 33 yards on five carries, including a 16-yard touchdown burst. On the TD run, he showed quickness as he broke through the line, then bowled over the Carolina safety for the final four yards. The message to take away from Wednesday's performance is that he is not quite ready to cede the No. 2 job to rookie D'Onta Foreman. The backup job in Houston is seen as a potentially fruitful one. With an inexperienced quarterback directing the offense, the Texans are expected to tilt toward the running game, presenting many touches to those in the backfield. And they learned something about Miller last season that the Dolphins knew all along: he's not a back that carry a heavy load.
Blue rushed five times for 33 yards and a touchdown, and caught his lone target for seven yards in Wednesday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Blue entered the action after starter Lamar Miller's short night and made the most of his handful of carries. Obviously, Blue's most important contribution was his 16-yard touchdown to end the first quarter, but considering rookie D'Onta Foreman finished with nine rushes for 76 yards, Blue's trip to pay dirt should allow him to withstand pressure for his No. 2 job for the time being.
Blue served as Lamar Miller's top backup last season, taking 100 carries for 420 yards and a touchdown but adding only 12 catches for 40 yards on 16 targets. It was only a matter of time before the Texans sought an upgrade, as Blue doesn't offer much in the passing game and isn't particularly explosive (career 3.6 YPC). Foreman only caught seven passes last season at The University of Texas, but he rushed for over 2,000 yards at a clip of 6.3 per carry, and then ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at 233 pounds at the Combine. Blue could fall all the way off the roster if he doesn't beat out Foreman for the No. 2 job, as the Texans presumably want to keep at least one running back besides Miller that can stay on the field for passing downs. Akeem Hunt, 2016 fourth-rounder Tyler Ervin and undrafted rookie Dare Ogunbowale are in the mix to earn roster spots.
Blue played just four offensive snaps against the Patriots and just nine in Houston's two playoff games. He was effective in spurts for the
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