Texans RB Jonathan Grimes continued to work as the #2 RB in Monday's practice, according to insider Brian Smith. Grimes started the preseason opener with Arian Foster (hamstring) sidelined, carrying 10 times for 39 yards. “Grimes’ experience overall probably has him a little ahead of Alfred [Blue]," HC Bill O’Brien said. “But Alfred’s doing a good job for a guy that just got here." As for RB Andre Brown, O'Brien only said, "He’s out there. He’s involved with special teams and things like that." Brown is clearly buried on the depth chart, with Grimes looking like the favorite to open the season as Houston's #2 RB. The 2012 undrafted free agent totaled 73 yards on 21 carries (3.5 YPC) across 2 appearances for the Texans last year. He's not a special talent, but his place on the depth chart behind an injury-prone starter makes Grimes at least worth putting on fantasy watch lists.
The Texans will likely be down to their 5th-string RB for Sunday's finale against the Titans. Arian Foster and Ben Tate are already on IR, Dennis Johnson suffered a hip injury that has him questionable for Week 17, and Deji Karim is done for the year with a broken collarbone. That leaves RB Jonathan Grimes as the Week 17 starter. The 2012 undrafted free agent has carried 7 times for 29 yards over the past 2 seasons. He goes 5'10, 201 pounds and with 4.5 speed. Uninspiring. Grimes did lead the nation in all-purpose yards in his senior season at William & Mary. He can contribute in the run and pass games. Looking at 15+ touches in a plus matchup against the Titans, Grimes will be on the RB3/flex radar for Week 17.