Houston Texans’ All-Time Rushing Yardage Leaders

The Houston Texans have only been an NFL franchise since 2002, and have mostly struggled in their first few seasons, especially when you consider that they play in the very competitive AFC South along with Indianapolis, Tennessee and Jacksonville. But this team has shown a ton of heart and has fielded some great players early in their existence. Here is a Top 5 in rushing yards for the Texans to date:

Domanick Williams (Davis) (3195)—He played under the name Domanick Davis but then later changed his name, and after an injury plagued 2006 season in which he didn’t see the field, the Texans released Williams. And though he only played in the NFL three seasons, 2003-2005, all with Houston, Williams still leads the Texans all-time with 3195 rushing yards. His best season was 2004, when Williams rushed for career highs in yards (1188) and touchdowns (13), adding 68 catches for another 588 yards and 1 more TD out of the backfield.

Ron Dayne (1385)—Ron Dayne was a standout college player at Wisconsin, and though he formed a great tandem with Tiki Barber of the Giants (Thunder and Lightning), Dayne never quite lived up to his potential in the pros. He played in Houston in 2006 and 2007, and ranks second in Texans’ history with 1385 rushing yards. Dayne’s best season in Houston was 2007, his final NFL campaign, rushing for a career high 773 yards with 6 rushing scores, and adding 17 catches for 112 yards as well.

Steve Slaton (1282)—After a very impressive rookie season in 2008, Steve Slaton will likely climb to the top of this list within a few seasons if he stays healthy. Slaton already ranks third in franchise history with his 1282 rushing yards in his first season. He also had 9 rushing TDs, and added 50 receptions for 377 more yards and 1 more touchdown as a receiver.

David Carr (1235)—David Carr was the Texans’ quarterback from 2002 to 2006 and was absolutely terrorized by defensive linemen. As a result, Carr had to use his legs to gain yardage fairly often, so it’s no surprise that he ranks fourth in team history with 1235 rushing yards. Carr had a career best 308 rushing yards in 2005, and a career best 3 rushing touchdowns in 2002.

Jonathan Wells (1167)—Though he was mostly used as a backup during his brief NFL career, all with the Texans from 2002 to 2005, Jonathan Wells still ranks fifth in this young team’s history with 1167 rushing yards. Wells started 11 games in 2002, when he rushed for a career high 529 yards with 3 rushing TDs, adding 9 catches for 48 yards out of the backfield.

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