The Houston Texans have presumably let running back Carlos Hyde go test the free agency waters and it’s likely he won’t be back. The team will regret this.
The Houston Texans are now in what would usually be the slower point of the offseason where normally rookie minicamp and when the organized team activities (OTAs) would occur. But because we’re currently dealing with a pandemic at this time, all of that has been cancelled having us all wonder if there will be a training camp or a preseason in the coming months.
Because of the uncertainty of the effect of this virus will have on the United States moving forward, it’s tough to tell what that timeline will be as this malady has complete control over the timeline. That’s certainly a first for me to admit that sports don’t have an upper-hand on nearly every facet of our daily lives.
It doesn’t and now we’re looking to our top scientists, medical personnel and all of our frontline workers to keep our country running as smoothly as possible, facing one of the most difficult challenges in its existence.
We will persevere but it’s going to take some time to reverse all that got things out of whack in the first place but there’s no question we’ll get there.
Anyway, the free agency rumor is churning and Carlos Hyde, who is a free agent, is right front and center of today’s news.
NFL Insider Adam Kaplan is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have interest in Hyde, 29, who had the best season his career with the Houston Texans back last season with 1000+ yards in his campaign.
With David Johnson and Duke Johnson — I doubt Bill O’Brien brought these guys together to call them the Johnsons — will be leading the pack and getting the bulk of the carries this season. The third back position is up for grabs and it could be between Karan Higdon and undrafted free agent Scottie Phillips out of Ole Miss. The team will likely go with Higdon because of his strong performance typically in camp and in practice to allow Phillips to get acclimated with the system. That’s especially the case during this pandemic.
Believe me, I’d like to give David Johnson a shot to impress but I’m not trusting at this moment. I don’t feel as confident as I was when Hyde agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and then was swapped for Martinas Rankin to help the Houston Texans last season.
He was phenomenal last season — and was the battering ram this running game has needed for
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quite some time because Lamar Miller is just isn’t that guy. He’s a bit more finesse with his movements. Miller, who is a free agent as well, will likely be hitting the road as well looking for an opportunity.
I think that Hyde had at least two more good seasons left in him but it’s a matter of what he wanted in terms of finances. I think he will stand the test of time and could be knocking on the door within the footsteps of the ageless Frank Gore.
David Johnson has tremendous pressure on him to belay the criticisms of his readiness in terms of his health and this is certainly a gamble that O’Brien has made, considering they traded away DeAndre Hopkins, who is sure to be a future Hall-of-Famer.
Hyde would’ve been the safer bet within all of this but I understand the need for changes to keep the offensive strategy fresh from season-to-season.
Good luck to you Carlos, wherever you end up.
Hyde rushed 245 times for 1,070 yards — 4.4 yards per attempt — along with six touchdowns to his credit through all 16 games — 14 starts — last season.