Tyler Ervin
Tyler Ervin
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Texans used a fourth-round pick on Ervin in 2016 and are still waiting for return on that investment two years later. He was the primary return man on both punts and kicks during his rookie season, but exhibited ball-security problems. In 2017, he was poised to add third-down back to his special-teams role. He had 10 targets over the first two weeks before his season was cut short by a torn patellar tendon in Week 4. There's still a need for both roles entering 2018, so much depends on the health of his knee. In a passing-oriented offense with the dynamic Deshaun Watson, Ervin could emerge has a receiving threat, however, he'll be no better than third on backfield depth chart behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue to open the season. Ervin's roster spot could be in jeopardy by mid-season if D'Onta Forearm, who begins the campaign on the PUP list with an Achilles injury, is ultimately activated. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.88 million contract with the Texans in May of 2016.
Strong in return game
RBHouston Texans
September 10, 2018
Ervin averaged 31.2 yards on five kickoff returns, 10.0 yards on punt returns, and caught his lone target for 12 yards in Week 1's 27-20 loss to the Patriots.
ANALYSIS
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski purposely made his kickoffs returnable and Ervin obliged, setting up the Texans with an average field position at their own 31-yard line. Houston's return game has not been very special over the last few years, but Ervin provided some hope in the season opener.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    7
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    24
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
27
172
2017
86
47
2018
7
24
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   185 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.41 sec
GREAT
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   29.75 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   39 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   130 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   17 reps
WEAK
Houston Texans Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Ervin spent most of his rookie season on special teams, leading the Texans in punt and kick returns. Head coach Bill O'Brien never really gave him a shot on offense. And why would he, with Lamar Miller having a career season. Ervin's role shouldn't change too much in 2017. The Texans do feel that he can be a playmaker in the return game.
Ervin, a fourth-round draft pick in 2016, was an explosive back during his time at San Jose State but also improved as a receiver during his final two years with the Spartans. His big-play ability is what attracted the Texans, however, we don't see him making too much of an impact on offense early in his NFL career. Where you might hear about Ervin is in the return game. Boasting a 4.41 40-time, Ervin was a four-year kick returner at San Jose State and added punt returning to his resume the last two seasons, scored five touchdowns on special teams.
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Returning kickoffs, punts Week 1
RBHouston Texans
September 7, 2018
Ervin is listed as the starting returner for kickoffs and punts Week 1 against the Patriots.
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Competing for return role
RBHouston Texans
August 7, 2018
Ervin is competing for a special-teams role as the main returner on kickoffs and punts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Receives medical clearance
RBHouston Texans
June 13, 2018
Ervin (knee) was medically cleared for full-contact activities ahead of training camp, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Formally moved to IR
RBHouston Texans
Knee
October 4, 2017
The Texans placed Ervin on injured reserve Wednesday.
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Tears patellar tendon
RBHouston Texans
Knee
October 2, 2017
Ervin (knee) tore his patellar tendon and will undergo surgery Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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