OC Shanahan Says Texans Didn’t Need Bush; Drafted RB Slaton in Third Round

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This is one reason why the Houston Texans didn’t draft USC RB Reggie Bush with the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft: they can find a comparable third down back in the third round. According to the Texans Offensive Coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, that’s just what they did this year when they drafted West Virginia RB Steve Slaton with their second pick in the third round.

“I think he’s got a chance to be a special-type player,” said Shanahan. “You look at guys around the league like Kevin Faulk, a guy like Reggie Bush, guys who come in and fill a specific role on third downs. If you look at the top offenses in the league, they all have a player like that. I think this guy fits that role for us.”

For three seasons at West Virginia, Slaton totaled 3,932 rushing yards and set a school record for 50 rushing touchdowns.  With that, 2006 was Slaton’s best season before a not-so-downer season in 2007.  And now, in the pros, Slaton wants out of the comparisons for his chance to prove himself on the NFL level.

“Hopefully I can get my foot in the door (and) I can make my own comparisons and just be Steve Slaton,” he said on a conference call.

For Kyle Shanahan, he thinks Slaton will fit right in along with Houston RBs Ahman Green and Chris Brown.

“We have two guys right now we think can carry the load, but this guy fits a role for us,” Shanahan said. “He’s got the size and the quickness and the mentality to do the things we’re going to ask.”

It sounds like the Texans are building up for another exciting year. It looks like they’ll be preparing to play Slaton on third down rushing situations, in the backfield as a receiver, or in the slot as a dual threat receiving running back. Can you imagine a healthy Jacoby Jones and Steve Slaton in practice putting finishing touches on fakes, reverses and more? I just can’t wait.


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3 Responses to “OC Shanahan Says Texans Didn’t Need Bush; Drafted RB Slaton in Third Round”

  1. […] time against expected-starter Arian Foster and rookie Ben Tate.  Slaton, originally drafted as a third down back,  should have time to ease back into his position with the Texans, if not regain his starting […]

  2. […] time against expected-starter Arian Foster and rookie Ben Tate.  Slaton, originally drafted as a third down back,  should have time to ease back into his position with the Texans, if not regain his starting […]

  3. […] time against expected-starter Arian Foster and rookie Ben Tate.  Slaton, originally drafted as a third down back,  should have time to ease back into his position with the Texans, if not regain his starting […]

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