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.