Former Mizzou running back Damarea Crockett is set to be backup running back for Texans.
It’s likely that Damarea Crockett has found himself in a favorable position for an undrafted free agent.
When he decided to forgo his senior year at Mizzou, it came as a surprise to some. He had the best freshman season of all time at Missouri, and then followed with an injury in Year 2 and a decent Year 3 to end his career in CoMo.
He left with a year on the table after he could have spent another season splitting time in a deep rushing-attack offense. He decided not to, and he went undrafted.
But he has put himself at No. 3 or perhaps No. 2 on the Houston Texans depth chart with just days remaining before the 53-man roster cutdown.
The Texans released former third-round pick D’Onta Foreman earlier this month, but then big news was confirmed that the team expected from Saturday night’s game. And it’s not what anybody wants to hear.
Their starter, Lamar Miller, will miss the season with a torn ACL. Now, the Texans made up for the Foreman drop by trading for Cleveland Browns backup Duke Johnson. But he was supposed to be the backup to Miller. Instead, he likely will start. The role he was going to have looks to go to one of the Texans’ undrafted rookies in Karan Higdon or Crockett.
Because of Crockett’s play and the Texans’ running back situation, there is talk that he is a fantasy RB sleeper now. He’s come a long way in a short amount of time when he didn’t get drafted.
For the game, the Texans replaced Miller with veteran back Taiwan Jones, and he very well may make the squad too.
But Crockett had good moments in Saturday’s game. He finished the day with 27 yards on three carries and a 5-yard reception. He had rushes of 15 and 11 yards.
Higdon got the most work, going for 28 yards on 13 rushes.