Alfred Blue
Alfred Blue
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Blue didn't generate a whole lot of buzz in free agency, so he returned to the franchise that drafted him in 2014. There have been opportunities for Blue, who was the main backup during the years when Arian Foster was often hurt, but he never made defenses fear him. He flashed some weeks, but disappeared for long stretches. Blue's knowledge of the offense provides some comfort and helped him earn a roster spot at the conclusion of the preseason, but his limited usage behind starter Lamar Miller could come to a screeching halt if second-year back D'Onta Foreman, who will miss at least the first six weeks of 2018 while recovering from a torn Achilles, is activated by mid-season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Texans in April of 2018.
Seven touches in Week 2 loss
RBHouston Texans
September 16, 2018
Blue carried seven times for 36 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Titans in Week 2.
ANALYSIS
Blue once again provided adequate relief for starter Lamar Miller, averaging 5.1 yards per carry after going for 7.2 per and scoring a touchdown last week. Unlike Week 1, he didn't get any red-zone carries, and the Texans never possessed the ball inside the five-yard line, where Blue could be used as the bigger back.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    27
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    40
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
238
168
2017
158
198
2018
27
40
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 2"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   225 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.63 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.50 sec
TERRIBLE
Cone Drill:   7.15 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   32.38 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.88 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   32 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   121 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   13 reps
TERRIBLE
Houston Texans Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
The Texans have seen Blue for three seasons and 45 games, more than enough time to evaluate him. He'd been given opportunities as the result of injuries to Arian Foster in 2014 and 2015, but he never evolved into an impact back, one that opponents have to scheme against. Lamar Miller was added in 2016 as the lead running back and 2017 third-round draft pick D'Onta Foreman appears to be the change-of-pace back Blue could never be. Blue's experience in the offense will be helpful, but his contributions will be limited.
Blue’s audition as Houston’s main back didn’t go very well in 2015, when he started nine games for the injured Arian Foster. Quite often, the rushing attack was ineffectual as we learned that Blue is not a game-changer. He averaged three yards or fewer per carry in seven of his 15 games. Though he finished the season on a high note, crossing 100 yards in two of the final three games of the regular season then rushing for 99 yards in the playoff loss to the Chiefs, it wasn’t enough to save his job as the lead back. Houston signed Lamar Miller, who will be the primary back while Blue becomes the bigger back that gives defenses a different look.
An unheralded 2014 sixth-round pick out of LSU, Blue emerged as Arian Foster's most reliable backup last season. Now that Foster appears headed for groin surgery, opportunity knocks for Blue in 2015. Blue has nearly identical size and speed to Foster and showed similar vision and patience. The comparison ended, though, when defenders got their hands on him. While Foster is among the league's toughest backs to bring down, Blue was one of the easiest, ranking in the bottom five among running backs in touches per missed tackle. He hit holes effectively, but without Foster's burst or power, Blue wasn't able to do as much with them. Foster's increasing fragility likely will result in more work for Blue, but the Texans might look for an upgrade now that Foster is hurt again.
Although Blue showed promise as a runner in his four seasons at LSU, he ended up only starting seven games in his college career, never carried the ball more than 71 times in a season, and had his junior year cut short by a knee injury. Still, the Texans saw enough to select the well-built rusher in the sixth round of this year's draft, and he'll battle with Jonathan Grimes in training camp for the right to serve as the No. 2 behind to Arian Foster.
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Scores as goal-line back
RBHouston Texans
September 10, 2018
Blue carried five times for 36 yards and scored a touchdown in Week 1's 27-20 loss to the Patriots.
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Finds paydirt again
RBHouston Texans
August 31, 2018
Blue rushed four times for 18 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason win over the Cowboys.
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Impressive in preseason loss
RBHouston Texans
August 25, 2018
Blue rushed five times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams on Saturday.
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No room to run
RBHouston Texans
August 19, 2018
Blue gained 17 yards on seven carries and caught his lone target for five yards in Saturday's preseason win over San Francisco.
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Valued for dependability
RBHouston Texans
August 17, 2018
Blue's durability puts him in position to be the primary backup to starter Lamar Miller while D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) is sidelined, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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