All eyes in Houston on Steve Slaton as OTAs start

S. Slaton.jpgAlright, some folks may also be interested in the return to the field Monday of that Cushing fellow.  But let’s talk some Texans football that doesn’t include him, shall we?

Steve Slaton told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle Sunday that he’s “100% and ready to go” after offseason neck surgery. 

The coaching staff will take it easy on Slaton, who will be a non-contact participant in drills until training camp.  (Of course all OTAs are supposed to be non-contact.  But that’s another post.)

The third-year running back has dropped 15 pounds off his playing weight from 2009, when he looked sluggish at the beginning of the year.  Slaton plans to play closer to 200 pounds, where he was as a rookie.

Slaton is a huge x-factor on this team.  He was fifth in the NFL with over 1,600 yards from scrimmage as a rookie.  If he can prove he’s healthy again, the Texans could have a dynamic combination in the backfield with Slaton and second round pick Ben Tate.

16 responses to “All eyes in Houston on Steve Slaton as OTAs start

  1. This was really deserving of an individual post? I get you all have quotas and what have ya, but at least TRY to make it just slightly above non-newsworthy. But congrats, you got my dumb ass to read it and post a comment.

  2. Glad to hear he thinks he’s 100% but until he takes that first hit and then ultimately hit after hit on his body and that fused spine(I believe it is), I’m not counting on much from him.

  3. sweet fantasy back for me his break out season, but he let me down last year. hopefully he can get back to form. he’s fun to watch and houston’s kinda turning around.

  4. I can’t wait til next season!!!! The Texans were lethal through the air last year and if they get a solid running game with Ben Tate and Slaton back to old form, they will be unstoppable on offense. The close games that they lost last year because of Kris Brown will be won now that Neil Rackers is in town. If the defense can play just as well or better than last year (please no Cushing comments cuz they’re are gettin old), the Texans will be in the playoffs… probably as a wild card cuz of the Colts, but they will be in the playoffs. Lookin forward to draftin Slaton later in fantasy as a steal cuz I believe he will be back to rookie form.

  5. So two Steve Slaton posts in two days, neither about much of anything, and Florio wasn’t involved. I assume he’ll be post his own this afternoon? Maybe even throw in some Pat White love and then make another completely off-base posting about Bob Huggins?

  6. The close games that they lost last year because of Kris Brown will be won now that Neil Rackers is in town.
    I think you might need to tap the breaks on that just a little bit.

  7. I look forward to hourly updates on Slaton, up to and including his latest bowel movement(s).
    Yeesh!

  8. The Texans offensive weapons as I see them:
    Stats Schaub: over 4700 passing yards last season, led the league
    Andre Johnson- best WR in the game
    Owen Daniels- best receiving tight end in the game, his pre-injury stats back this up
    Kevin Walter- deceptively good #2 WR
    Jacoby Jones- KR and PR specialist, gives Texans speedy/shifty option at WR in 4 and 5 wideout spreads
    Trindon Holliday- has the Sproles hidden-behind-blockers effect, will be used returning kicks and on WR screens, previous NCAA 100m dash champ
    Ben Tate & Arian Foster- gives Texans a 2 headed, 220 lb+, 4.4-4.5 speed/bruising package at RB
    Steve Slaton- can be a force when not fumbling and/or damaging his nerves.
    The Texans strategy will be to put up points, yards, and stats & in hopes that cutting 2 guys named Chris/Kris Brown will add several victories to an already talented team/ not let teams like the Jets back their way in because of their week 17 opponent lying down for them. The trick for the Texans is putting it all together and not choking. The Texans will make the playoffs if healthy, no question about it.
    All the David Carr smack will stop, and the Texans will finally earn some respect in this league. FINALLY, thank you for a non-Cushing story related to my Texans [even though you did mention him, you turd].

  9. Four months after a cervical discecton and fusion you may be 100% for walking around in shorts – but there’s no way in hell you’re 100% for playing running back in the NFL. I’m sure the Texans will be limiting his contact well into August.

  10. Good Lord, am I sick and tired of all the experts who post comments telling Mike Florio what he should and shouldn’t post. Why don’t all you lifetime hallway monitors go somewhere else and harass other preposterously successful bloggers.

  11. StevieMo says:
    May 17, 2010 1:14 PM
    Good Lord, am I sick and tired of all the experts who post comments telling Mike Florio what he should and shouldn’t post. Why don’t all you lifetime hallway monitors go somewhere else and harass other preposterously successful bloggers
    Florio, I didn’t realize your mom posted comments on this site …

  12. StevieMo says:
    May 17, 2010 1:14 PM
    Good Lord, am I sick and tired of all the experts who post comments telling Mike Florio what he should and shouldn’t post. Why don’t all you lifetime hallway monitors go somewhere else and harass other preposterously successful bloggers.
    ———————–
    You shouldn’t have posted this.

  13. A dynamic combination in the backfield with Slaton and second round pick Ben Tate.
    Matt Schaub should have a great season.

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