• Tyler Ervin
  • RB
  • , Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 26
  • 192 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

HOU RB Tyler Ervin - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
As the Houston Chronicle recently noted, before Ervin tore his patellar tendon last season, the former fourth-round draft pick was off to a good start. Ervin caught eight passes for 38 yards and rushed for 12 yards on four carries in four games last season. Now, Ervin is making a comeback and Chronicle staffer Aaron Wilson reports he's had a strong training camp so far. In addition to his work on offense, Ervin has 677 career return yards and is competing for a special-teams role again.

Fantasy DownsideWith Lamar Miller, Alfred Blue and—at some point—second-year man D'Onta Foreman ahead of him, it's hard to envision Ervin's role in the offense expanding greatly unless he's able to move ahead of Blue before the season starts.

2018 Bottom Line
At 5-10, 185 pounds, Ervin is the smallest of the running backs on the roster, which would likely be limiting factor in his competition with the 6-2, 225-pound Blue. In other words, you'd be wise to keep your draft-capital powder dry and wait to see if Ervin can emerge as a waiver-wire prospect once the season starts.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Tyler Ervin - Week 4, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Tennessee
Even in the blowout loss to the Patriots last Thursday, Tyler Ervin did not receive a carry. He did have a bit of an impact on the game, however, with a lost fumble on a kick return and two fair catches inside the Texans’ five-yard line. Lamar Miller will continue to receive nearly all of the rushing attempts, so Ervin is only roster-worthy in deep keeper leagues.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Tyler Ervin - Week 3, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at New England
Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue handled most of the Texans 34 rushing attempts last week in the win over Kansas City. Ervin did not receive a touch and should not be on a fantasy roster at this point.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Tyler Ervin - Week 2, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Kansas City
Tyler Ervin had just a three-yard rush and a five-yard reception in his first regular season game. For now Lamar Miller will receive nearly all of the team's carries, but as the season wears on, look for the rookie to be utilized more often in an effort to keep Miller fresh.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Tyler Ervin - Week 1, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Chicago
Rookie Tyler Ervin is coming off of a good preseason, but will likely be behind Alfred Blue as the Texans No. 3 RB. The speedy back may be used more as the third down option, but there is no reason for him to be on a fantasy roster, barring an injury to starter Lamar Miller.

by Bob Harris

HOU RB Tyler Ervin - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
As the Houston Chronicle pointed out, what Tyler Ervin lacks in size at 5-10, 192 pounds, he makes up for with 4.41 speed in the 40-yard dash, at the NFL scouting combine, and elusiveness. He had a 39-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times prior to the NFL draft. Ervin improved his 40-yard dash to 4.36 seconds at his Pro Day workout. Not to be overlooked however, is the fact Ervin was incredibly durable in college while handling a heavy workload. He rushed for 2,803 career yards, including 300 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries last season in a win over Fresno State. Ervin weighed just 178 pounds for most of his senior year, but coaches didn't hesitate to utilize him on physical runs between the tackles. He left San Jose State as the school's all-time record holder with 6,146 all-purpose yards, 2,374 kickoff return yards and a total of five kicks and punts returned for touchdowns.

Fantasy Downside
Barring multiple injuries to those above him on the depth chart, Ervin will be limited to a complimentary role in the backfield.

2016 Bottom Line
Still, in dynasty, keeper and formats that reward players for return yardage, there will be ample interest in Ervin, who might even generate some interest in deeper redraft leagues.

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