In our eight-part Making the Grade, we look back at the Texans' 2-14 season in 2013. We've already looked at the secondary. Up now: running backs.
For the first time since 2009, the Texans didn't have a 1,000-yard rusher in 2013.
Arian Foster was injured before the season and ended the year with just 542 yards on the ground and 183 through the air. Foster missed the preseason with calf and back injuries. When he played, he showed signs of being the same Foster but his season ended early when he needed back surgery.
Ben Tate took over and had to play through cracked ribs. Tate ran for 771 yards on 181 carries in 2013.
Cierre Wood would have had a chance to get some significant playing time but he was cut for violating team rules in Kansas City. Then, the Texans had Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim; both got hurt. Then, they added Jonathan Grimes off the street. Grimes even started the final game of the season in Tennessee.
Stud: Ben Tate
Tate didn't have a fantastic season but he did play through four cracked ribs, which wins him this honor by itself. He very likely won't be back next season and he knows it.
Dud: Greg Jones
We thought about giving this to Foster but it wasn't his fault he was hurt. Jones was healthy enough to play but wasn't a factor.
Free agents: Tate, Jones, Karim
-- Dave Zangaro