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Agent: Deji Karim signs with Texans

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The Texans have signed veteran running back Deji Karim, agent Jason Bernstein said Tuesday on Twitter.

The reported addition of Karim, who tried out for Houston last weekend at its rookie minicamp, gives the Texans a little more veteran depth at running back. Previously, the Texans only had one non-rookie running back (Ben Tate) behind starter Arian Foster.

The 26-year-old Karim has previously played for two of the Texans’ AFC South rivals: Jacksonville (2010-2011) and Indianapolis (2012). He appeared in three games for the Colts last season but did not record any statistics on offense. The Colts did not tender him in restricted free agency, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Karim (5-8, 209) has rushed for 290 yards on 98 carries and has caught 17 passes for 130 yards in 26 career regular-season games.

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8 Responses to “Agent: Deji Karim signs with Texans”
  1. gojags says: May 14, 2013 5:03 PM

    Prototypical Gene Smith player. Good Character guy,probably married, Team captain in college etc. But in NFL he would be a mediocre player.

  2. mrpresident50 says: May 14, 2013 5:10 PM

    It’s hard to argue against anything the Texans do now a days. They turned an expansion team into a consistent contender in an impressive amount of time. Best of luck to Karim as he continues his career.

  3. davetexansfan says: May 14, 2013 5:10 PM

    Why?? We signed 3 UDFA RB’s that are definitely better than this guy. Ray Graham PITT, Cierre Wood Notre Dame, & Dennis Johnson Arkansas. Don’t keep this guy.

  4. prmpft says: May 14, 2013 5:19 PM

    Not really enough pressure for foster to eat more meat now is there?

  5. 8to80texansblog says: May 14, 2013 5:28 PM

    @davetexansfan

    Kubiak is not a big fan of relying on rookies. Last year Ben Tate was hurt for most of the year and Justin Forsett got a decent amount of carries. Karim is just an insurance policy on Tate and if Kubiak can avoid it he’ll stay away from rookie RBs.

  6. scarletmacaw says: May 14, 2013 6:46 PM

    He may not have recorded any statistics on offense, but I believe he returned a kickoff for a TD. You might thing that’s worth mentioning.

  7. growuppeterpan says: May 14, 2013 8:33 PM

    This guy was clearly signed for the return game and not “veteran back depth”. Returned one against the Texans so they know his potential. He lined up on special teams at Rookie OTAs

  8. davetexansfan says: May 15, 2013 1:36 PM

    @8to8otexansblog

    Yea, I guess that does make sense. I was never a big fan of Justin Forsett, so I’m glad he’s gone. But I still don’t think Karim is going to be seeing the field much. Could be wrong though.

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