This article is part of our Job Battles series.
After a relatively slow preceding week, the news is really starting to pick up with NFL training camp battles, and numerous relevant competitions are worth reexamining.
Texans media relayed intense praise for D'Onta Foreman this offseason, with the team raving about his physical conditioning and running backs coach Danny Barrett specifically saying Foreman was "lightyears" ahead of his 2018 level, yet Foreman was shockingly cut Sunday. Not only that, but the reporting out of Houston quickly agreed that the Texans were fed up with Foreman's poor work ethic. Did something change, or were they lying the first time? If they weren't trying to boost Foreman's profile for the purpose of synthesizing a trade market, then the reversal is difficult to grasp.
We're in any case left with a vacancy behind starter Lamar Miller, and none of the candidates are an obvious standout. Pass-catching journeyman Josh Ferguson is one candidate, but he was the presumed third-down and hurry-up specialist prior to Foreman's release. If there is a true backup spot to account for, then it's the pair of undrafted rookies in Damarea Crockett (Missouri) and Karan Higdon (Michigan) who seem to make the most sense, if only because they haven't conclusively demonstrated their pro limitations like Ferguson has since 2016.
At 225 pounds and just under 5-foot-10, Crockett has the build most similar to the 230-pound Foreman. Undrafted and denied a combine invitation, Crockett has the odds against