Is Kubiak attempting to light a fire under Slaton?

Texans RB Steve Slaton was one of the best surprises of last year’s draft class. The diminutive runner out of West Virginia totaled 1,282 yards on 268 carries and another 377 yards on 50 receptions.

Now in his second NFL season, Slaton is still surprising people — for all the wrong reasons. Through two games, he has recorded 51 yards on 26 carries and 60 yards on six receptions. Slaton is averaging just 2 yards per carry, albeit against the Jets and Titans’ defenses — no pushovers.

Slaton’s lack of production has led to a lot of rumbling coming out of Houston, including remarks from coach Gary Kubiak earlier in the week that alluded to the team’s interest in then-free-agent RB Cedric Benson over the summer. Now Kubiak is suggesting that Slaton, who has deferred most goal-line and short-yardage situations to Chris Brown, could lose more carries to fifth-year veteran Ryan Moats:

    “I’d like to see (Moats) get some touches in the game,” Kubiak told the Texans’ official site. “It’s hard to sit here and say three guys can touch the ball from a running backs standpoint, but we have operated this week assuming that he may get some touches. But he’s been doing his job and playing well on special teams, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Some more notes from around the Web:

  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he isn’t concerned by the lack of production from the Dallas’ 30th-ranked defense.
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