The Houston Texans have reportedly released former third-round draft pick Steve Slaton.
Slaton was the feature back for the Texans during his rookie campaign in 2008. He had a promising start to his career, finishing his rookie season with 1,282 yards on 268 carries and 9TDs.
Slaton had a rocky start to his sophomore season and had some fumbling issues. He was eventually benched and has remained a backup ever since, thanks to the emergence of Arian Foster.
Frankly, the Chiefs should be all over Slaton. They are absolutely terrible at the RB position, thanks to the loss of Jamaal Charles. I would probably be able to gain more yards than Thomas Jones at this point and Jackie Battle is like a younger, more fumble-prone version of the old-man version of Thomas Jones.
What I’m trying to say is that they both suck.
Slaton not only possesses the speed to get through some of the creases created by KC’s zone-blocking scheme, he is also a decent receiver out of the backfield, catching 94 balls for 794 yards from 2008-2009.
Slaton is only 25 and definitely needs a change of scenery. The Chiefs could easily get rid of Jones (old) or Battle (useless) if they needed to make room.
There is no guarantee that Slaton would be able to perform better than Jones (2.6 ypc) or Battle 46 attempts for 133 yards (career) but he certainly couldn’t be worse.
What do you think, Addicts? Is Slaton an upgrade or should the Chiefs stick with Old and Useless? Oh, and McCluster.