It took patience but rookie running back Tyler Ervin showed a glimpse of the playmaking ability for which the Houston Texans drafted him out of San Jose State. Ervin had five touches for 111 all purpose yards on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Ervin displayed his skills by pass catching, running the ball, and on returns, demonstrating that he can help out in any phase of the game.
“I thought it was better today. I was happy to see that because I told the coaches last night that I really wanted to see him more,” explained Bill O’Brien.
Ervin missed majority of OTAs and mini-camp with a quad pull, which cut some value for him on the field. He has been playing catch up with the offense and special teams but he appears to be evening out. The third preseason game was the best he has looked during the preseason and some hope was injected into the special teams unit with Ervin's big play ability.
Even DeAndre Hopkins has been waiting to see Ervin to show under the lights what has been seen on the practice field.
“Tyler (Ervin) has a lot of speed, he can do a lot of things. Punt, kick return; he showed it out here,” Hopkins stated. “Get the ball and go in the middle and not just a speed guy, who typically goes to the side. He is a tough kid. I am excited to see what he is going to do the rest of the season.”
Set to be the Texans primary returner for the season, he also was on the field as a slot wide receiver, which provides even more incentive to get him on the field during the season. An all-purpose offensive weapon, Ervin finally showed the game is slowing down on the field for him.