After spending the first three weeks of the season on the Houston Texans’ practice squad, running back Jonathan Grimes will officially be on an active roster come week four, just not with the Texans. Amidst a myriad of moves made by the New York Jets following their 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins, the Jets picked up the former William & Mary RB in an attempt to bolster their rushing offense and special teams.
Grimes had an outstanding preseason for the Texans, but lost out on a spot on the 53-man roster in a numbers game. The Texans have perhaps the best and deepest backfield in football with Arian Foster, Ben Tate, and Justin Forestt. However, despite their depth and talent at the running back position, the Texans still saw enough talent and potential in Grimes to sign him to their practice squad. Apparently, the Jets saw the same thing.
Now that Grimes has been signed off the Texans’ practice squad, the Jets are required to keep him on their active roster for three weeks per NFL rules. Grimes’ signing is further indication that the Jets are unsatisfied with the production of their running backs through their first three games. Grimes figures to add a speed dimension to the Jets’ backfield as current RBs Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell seemingly lack the speed to attack the outside of the defense.
The signing of Grimes is a bit of a blow to the Texans, who maybe lose a bit of insurance should either Foster or Tate (or both) suffer any type of injury during the course of the season. But if for nothing else, Grimes’ signing off their practice squad further vindicates the Texans’ ability to identify running back talent. The Texans now have one spot available on their practice squad and, according to several sources, have invited linebackers Gary Guyton, Quinton Spears, Cameron Sheffield and Cameron Collins for tryouts this week.
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