Texans sign veteran RB Deji Karim

Texans sign veteran RB Deji Karim
May 14, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Deji Karim was a sixth-round pick in 2010.

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There's more competition for the third-string running back job. The Texans have signed Deji Karim.

Karim's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeted the news about his client on Tuesday afternoon.

Karim was in Houston this past weekend as one of the selected veterans trying out. In addition to Karim, the Texans had four undrafted free agent running backs at rookie camp. Those four were Cierre Wood from Notre Dame, Dennis Johnson from Arkansas, George Winn from Cincinnati and Ray Graham from Pittsburgh.  

This means there will likely be five players fighting for the third-string running back position on this team's 53-man roster.

The spot behind Arian Foster and Ben Tate is extremely important for the Texans. Tate has been productive but has struggled to stay healthy. Last year's third-stringer, Justin Forsett, signed with Jacksonville earlier this offseason.

Karim, 26, was with the Colts last season and with the Jaguars for two seasons before that. He also played with new Texans' fullback Greg Jones in Jacksonville. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2010.

The Texans now have 90 players signed, which is the league maximum for training camp. The team starts its OTAs on May 20.