HOUSTON — Running back Steve Slaton, who emerged as a surprise rookie sensation in 2008 after joining the Texans as a third-round draft pick from West Virginia, is showing every bit of the tremendous rushing and receiving skills in practice that he displayed last season.
Slaton ranked second in the AFC last season with 1,282 yards on 268 carries, and also caught 50 passes for 377 yards. He’d like to have about 20 touches a game, and would have no problem if half were pass receptions. “I warm up, the more I touch the ball,” he said.
Slaton reported to camp at about 224 pounds, 9 pounds heavier than he was last year, but figures that most of it will be gone by the end of camp.
— Vic Carucci