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  Colts | Worked out two RBs Tuesday    Wed Sep 29, 01:40 PM

The Indianapolis Colts worked out free-agent RBs Justin Fargas (Broncos) and Ryan Moats (Vikings) Tuesday, Sept. 28, according to Jason La Canfora, of NFL Network.

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  Vikings | Ryan Moats waived    Tue Aug 24, 12:30 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have waived RB Ryan Moats, the team announced Tuesday, Aug. 24.

Footballguys view: Moats may be able to find a home with a team like Denver, who has had their fair share of injuries at the RB position.

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  Vikings | Could Adrian Peterson hold out?    Mon Jun 28, 09:53 AM

The Minnesota Vikings, by selecting RB Toby Gerhart in the NFL Draft and then signing RB Ryan Moats, could be preparing for a contract holdout of RB Adrian Peterson, according to Charley Walters, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Footballguys view: This is under 'don't print that' in Walters latest column, so we're not going to give it much weight. The Vikings drafted Gerhart because Chester Taylor moved on in free agency, and they signed Ryan Moats to add depth to their RB corps where unroven Albert Young, Ian Johnson, and converted WR Darius Reynaud are.

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  Vikings | Ryan Moats signed    Tue Jun 15, 12:22 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent RB Ryan Moats (Texans), according to CBSSports.com. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Vikings needed more depth in their RB corps, and signing Moats makes sense. Adrian Peterson and rookie Toby Gerhart will be the top two backs. Behind them Albert Young, converted wide receiver Darius Reynaud, second year back Ian Johnson, and Moats will compete for a couple of roster spots.

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  Redskins | May have an interest in Ryan Moats    Fri Jun 11, 12:46 AM

Cecil Lammey, NFL Insider for Lincoln Financial Media and senior writer for Footballguys.com, reports the Washington Redskins may have an interest in free agent RB Ryan Moats who was recently let go by the Texans.

Footballguys view: The Redskins are interested in bringing in a back like Brian Westbrook, but could get Moats for a much better price. Moats knows the zone blocking scheme and worked with Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston. Adding a player like Moats could push veteran Willie Parker off the roster.

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  Texans | Ryan Moats released    Fri Jun 11, 12:36 AM

Nick Scurfield, from HoustonTexans.com, reports the Texans released running back Ryan Moats, who had been with the team since 2008. Moats (5-8, 210) ran for 390 yards and four touchdowns in 2009, including a three-touchdown game at Buffalo.

Footballguys view: Moats was behind Arian Foster, Steve Slaton, and rookie Ben Tate on the depth chart. He now has a chance to catch on somewhere, and could fit in as a third-down change of pace back with another team.

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  Texans | RB Moats, Henry, Johnson on the roster bubble?    Thu Jun 3, 01:08 PM

Jordan Godwin, from the Houston Chronicle, notes that outside of Steve Slaton and Arian Foster, nothing is certain for running backs trying to secure a roster spot, coach Gary Kubiak said. The roster carries Ryan Moats, Jeremiah Johnson, Chris Henry and rookie Ben Tate, but Kubiak said someone likely will be cut before training camp. "For those guys, it's a battle," Kubiak said. "We probably won't be able to take them all to camp, so the battle is right now. (They are) good young players, but obviously Foster and Steve are leading the group right now."

Footballguys view: Foster, Slaton, and Tate are likely safe so that leaves Ryan Moats, Jeremiah Johnson, and Chris Henry on the roster bubble. Moats has looked good in limited playing time with the Texans, but needs to stay healthy and hang onto the ball if he wants to make the team. Johnson went undrafted out of Oregon last year, and spent his entire rookie season on Injured Reserve due to a shoulder injury. He's an electric playmaker, who can be effectively used as a receiver out of the backfield. Chris Henry has never played up to his potential. He's big and fast in a straight line, but fails to get to top speed in a hurry and lacks the instincts needed to make it in the NFL. We'd say Henry could be the odd man out in this race, but we'll have to see how it shakes out in training camp.

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  Texans | Re-sign RB Moats    Wed Apr 7, 06:34 PM

Tony Moss, from SportsNetwork.com, reports on Wednesday April 7th, the Houston Texans re-signed RB Ryan Moats. He appeared in 14 games last season, rushing for 390 yards and four touchdowns on 101 carries. Moats added 106 yards and one score on 13 receptions.

Footballguys view: Moats proved that he could have a big game from time to time, but he needs to hold onto the football better. He's likely to face more competition for playing time after the draft as we expect the Texans to select a RB in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

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  Texans | Four given low tenders    Thu Mar 4, 01:07 AM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans have issued low tenders to impending restricted free agents OT Rashad Butler, RB Ryan Moats, DE Tim Bulman and OG Chris L. White. The Texans have the right of first refusal with each player. They would receive third-round draft picks as compensation if a team signed Butler or Moats and the Texans refused to match the offer, but they would receive no compensation for Bulman or White.

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  Texans | Seven could be RFAs this offseason    Fri Jan 29, 02:53 AM

The Associated Press reports Houston Texans S John Busing, OT Rashad Butler, TE Owen Daniels, RB Ryan Moats, S Bernard Pollard, LB DeMeco Ryans and C Chris L. White could be restricted free agents this offseason if 2010 is an uncapped year.

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  Texans | Foster may start Week 17    Thu Dec 31, 11:03 AM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said there is a good chance RB Arian Foster will start in Week 17.

Footballguys view: Kubiak also said Foster and Ryan Moats will get more playing time than Chris Brown during the game - that is depending on how their ball security goes during the game. We feel fantasy owners can start Foster with confidence as a RB2/Flex play for week 17. However, we've seen coach Kubiak bench all of his running backs for fumbling problems. If Foster can hang onto the rock, he should have a nice game against the Pats.

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  Texans | Foster, Moats to see more time in Week 17    Mon Dec 28, 04:44 PM

HoustonTexans.com's Nick Scurfield reports Houston Texans RBs Arian Foster and Ryan Moats will see more action in Week 17, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

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  Texans | Foster impresses as receiver    Tue Dec 15, 06:51 PM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Arian Foster impressed the coaching staff in Week 14 for his ability to catch passes, recording four receptions for 54 yards while averaging 12.3 yards per catch. 'We're impressed with what Foster did,' head coach Gary Kubiak said. 'He can learn a lot of things, but he handled his job in protection for the most part pretty good, so I think we just get him involved more, give him an opportunity.' RB Chris Brown starts because he is the best blocker and RB Ryan Moats has had the most problems blocking in the backfield.

Footballguys view: Foster is in the RB rotation now, and with his good play and Ryan Moats fumble last week, he's probably the most valuable Texans RB to own heading into a great matchup vs. the Rams.

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  Texans | Slaton inactive for Week 13    Sun Dec 6, 11:45 AM

The NFL Network reports Houston Texans RB Steve Slaton (neck) is inactive for Week 13.

Footballguys view: Chris Brown becomes a good flex play, but he'll likely share the workload with Ryan Moats.

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  Texans | Moats to start, Slaton to share carries    Sat Nov 7, 04:52 PM

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told ESPN's Bob Holtzman that RB Ryan Moats will start vs Indianapolis in week 9 and Steve Slaton will share carries.

Footballguys view: Moats is the hot pickup right now, but don't be surprised if Slaton equals or tops Moats production on Sunday. He is still the faster and more dangerous player in the open field, and he'll also get more work in the passing game.

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  Texans | Not committing to starting running back in Week 9    Wed Nov 4, 06:23 PM

ESPN.com reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will not commit to using a starting running back in Week 9. RBs Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats and Chris Brown will all play.

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  Texans | Kubiak: All three running backs will play, no decision on week 9 starter    Mon Nov 2, 07:42 PM

Adam Caplan, of Scout.com, reports that Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has not made a decision on which RB will start in week 9. He also said all three running backs will play.

Footballguys view: This is a good time to make an offer for Steve Slaton. He is too explosive to hold down for long. Moats will have value as long as he gets goal line carries, and he was extremely effective in that area vs. Buffalo.

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  Texans | Kubiak won't commit to Moats as starting running back    Mon Nov 2, 10:17 AM

Dale Robertson, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak would not commit to RB Ryan Moats as the team's new starting running back following Week 8 despite a strong game for Moats. 'We'll go to next week. We'll see,' Kubiak said.

Footballguys view: Moats had a fantastic game, but fantasy owners have to remember it was against the lowly Bills run defense. The Texans have struggled on the ground all season long, but when Moats came in he instantly energized the offense. He struggled when he was a member of the Eagles, but now that he's in a zone blocking scheme (similar to what he ran at Louisiana Tech) Moats is thriving. At the very least we could see a RBBC between Moats and Steve Slaton for the rest of the year.

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  Texans | Moats scores three TDs in relief Week 8    Sun Nov 1, 04:12 PM

The Associated Press reports Houston Texans RB Ryan Moats rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 23 carries in Week 8. Moats entered the game when RB Steve Slaton was pulled after losing a fumble.

Footballguys view: Slaton fumbled on his first carry and Moats took advantage of his opportunity in a big way. Moats, once a change of pace back in Philadelphia, was very effective in all situations and converted all of his red zone opportunities. It'll be interesting to see how Gary Kubiak splits the carries among Slaton, Moats and Chris Brown in future weeks.

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  Texans | Six limited in practice Wednesday    Wed Oct 7, 07:49 PM

Houston Texans OG Mike Brisiel (shoulder), S John Busing (groin), OG Antoine Caldwell (illness), TE James Casey (knee), RB Ryan Moats (toe) and CB Antwaun Molden (quadriceps) were limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.

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  Texans | Kubiak says team got better with Moats' carries    Mon Oct 5, 07:46 PM

CBSSports.com reports Houston Texans RB Ryan Moats had 15 carries for 56 yards during the team's Week 4 game Sunday, Oct. 4. Head coach Gary Kubiak said, "When we gave Ryan some carries yesterday, I think we got better."

Footballguys view: We could see Ryan Moats get a few more carries with this news, and his performance Sunday was very good. Moats is a very elusive and shifty back that can do a lot of damage when he gets the ball in space.

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  Texans | Battle for No. 2 running back job continues    Sun Aug 16, 01:50 AM

Houston Texans backup RB Ryan Moats carried the ball 10 times Saturday, Aug. 15, against the Kansas City Chiefs and rushed for a team-high 52 yards. He is battling for the team's No. 2 running back job during training camp. RB Chris Brown scored a touchdown, while carrying the ball six times for 25 yards.

Footballguys view: Moats is more talented than his performance thus far in his career would lead you to believe. If he becomes more confident, he could evolve into a solid backup for Steve Slaton.

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  Texans | Moats starting to step up    Fri May 29, 01:36 PM

Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans RB Ryan Moats has been getting the job done working as the No. 2 back during practice and rotating with RB Chris Brown in the spot. Head coach Gary Kubiak has called Moats and Brown his '2a and 2b' backup running backs. .

Footballguys view: Moats has been getting the edge in the competition because he has shown tremendous speed during OTAs and played last season. Moats, at 5-8 and 210 pounds, doesn't fit the big-back prototype the Texans have wanted in short-yardage situations. Moats, however, believes he can accomplish the job through his running style. Former teammates of Moats have commented that his lack of production with the Eagles may have been a confidence issue. It seems like Moats has full confidence in himself now, and Coach Kubiak is liking the results.

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  Texans | Complement for Slaton to be determined    Wed May 20, 07:45 PM

Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports the Houston Texans will use OTAs, minicamps and training camp to determine the ideal complement back for starting RB Steve Slaton. The candidates currently include RBs Chris Brown, Ryan Moats, Jeremiah Johnson and Arian Foster. The team may still find another back elsewhere, too, as general manager Rick Smith said the team will continue to look to upgrade the talent through the summer.

Footballguys view: The backup position behind Steve Slaton is wide open and the Texans have a deep and somewhat talented backfield. Chris Brown has been very effective but rarely healthy so far in his pro career. Ryan Moats seems to have revived his career since he left Philadelphia and has a similar skill set to Steve Slaton. Jeremiah Johnson went undrafted this year but he has great quickness and can make people miss with ankle-breaking moves in the open field. Arian Foster runs with good power and determination but doesn't have the speed to get to the corner in the NFL. We'll have to wait and see how this shakes out during training camp.

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  Texans | Kubiak calls C. Brown, Moats running back 2A and 2B    Tue May 19, 03:39 PM

Brooke Bentley, of Houston Texans.com, reports that head coach Gary Kubiak said Ryan Moats and Chris Brown are 2A and 2B on the depth chart. He added that Brown is "obviously something we're looking for in our offense, but we're going to play the best guys."

Footballguys view: Kubiak also shared that only starter Steve Slaton is assured of a job come September. Don't count out undrafted rookies Jeremiah Johnson, who is built like and runs a lot like Slaton, and Arian Foster, who has the power to be the short yardage back, an area Slaton struggled with last year.

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