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Texans won't keep status quo in backfield

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By Mike Wilkening

Some changes are likely coming in the Texans' backfield. Owner Bob McNair, speaking to Houston reporters earlier in February, noted that "we need some more running backs." The Texans are expected to draft a back who will have a serious chance at competing with third-year RB Steve Slaton, who's coming off neck surgery, and second-year RB Arian Foster, who finished his rookie season strongly. Jeremiah Johnson, who spent the season on injured reserve after undergoing shoulder surgery, could also be in the mix to make the club, and there's a chance the Texans could re-sign unrestricted free agents Ryan Moats and Chris Brown. However, the need for more options in the backfield is pressing after Houston averaged just 92.2 yards per game on the ground in 2009. "We're going to find a way to get better," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said of the ground game. "It wasn't good enough last year."


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