Going into the offseason program, Texans RB Jonathan Grimes was a long shot to make the team and was expected to be the fourth back at best behind Arian Foster, Andre Brown and rookie Alfred Blue. Grimes has developed into one of the team’s best surprises, impressing the new staff with his skills, work ethic and ability to pick up the new system. Brown was released, opening a spot for Grimes. He took advantage of Foster’s hamstring injury to start the first two preseason games and led the team in rushing with 81 yards on 19 carries (4.3 average). He has three catches for 25 yards (8.3 average). He’s improved as a pass protector. Grimes (5-10, 209) impressed the team as an undrafted rookie in 2012 and was placed on the practice squad but was signed by the Jets. He returned to the Texans in 2013 and saw some action near the end of the season.
Grimes is currently slated to serve as Arian Foster's primary backup, though rookie Alfred Blue could make a push.