RB Alfred Blue - Free Agent
|6-2, 223||Born: 4-27-1991||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2014|
2018 Week 1 vs NE (5 / 36 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
There were only 10 offensive snaps for Blue but he produced 36 yards on 5 carries. Which was more impressive is how he pounded the rock and moved the pile. Blue had a 1-yard touchdown run to get the Texans their first touchdown of the season. Blue remains a spot filler for Miller but it was a good showing for the veteran back.
2018 Week 2 vs TEN (7 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Blue continues to spell Lamar Miller at times in the offense and he continued to produce in the running game. Blue has 7 carries for 36 yards and he continues to eat up yards when he is in the game. One thing that shows when Blue is in the game, he eats up yards in a hurry and is able to get the Texans offense in a quick flow running plays. He didn't get a touchdown like last week but he had some good work for the offense.
2018 Week 4 vs IND (13 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After Miller went out, the Texans turned to Blue and his longest rush was 10 yards but the offense stubbornly ran the football to keep the Colts honest defensibly. Blue had a bad drop late in the game when Watson hit him square in his hands. The Texans running backs have been suspect the past two weeks and Blue is the one that will gain positive yards but not in big chunks. With Miller banged up, it could mean more opportunities for him.
2018 Week 5 vs DAL (20 / 46 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 73 / 0 rec)
It was the Alfred Blue show on Sunday night and the Texans had him on the field for all but one offensive snap. There were a lot of short runs and even some negative runs but he provided some of the best work for a running back they have had all season. With 119 total yards, 46 rushing and 73 receiving, it was a solid effort from the veteran back. His 28 yard reception that had a stiff arm involved too and that has been the longest reception of the season from that position. He also found some cut back creases in the run game and his longest run was 17 yards on the night. It was a strong effort for Blue on the night and was instrumental on getting the offense out of some tight holes.
2018 Week 6 vs BUF (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Texans decided to turn to Alfred Blue when they needed the running game to wake up and he had the longest rush of the day for both sides with a 17-yard gain. Blue is unlucky with the offensive line getting beat and creating some negative runs for him. Blue also had a key reception on the final drive for 14-yards. Blue is going to continue to spell Miller moving forward but how he is used when Foreman returns is going to be interesting to watch.
2018 Week 8 vs MIA (15 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With the Texans domination the run game, Alfred Blue nearly split carries with Lamar Miller and was used more than expected. Blue had some chances in the red zone but the Texans couldn't punch it in. He also had some near breakaway runs where he was tripped up right before breaking into open field.
2018 Week 9 vs DEN (15 / 39 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Texans continue to try and split the running game between Miller and Alfred Blue. Blue led the Texans with 39 yards rushing but much like the rest of the running game, he was shut down from any big gains. Blue's longest run was 7 yards but he had multiple negative yard runs on 1st down due to missed assignments up front.
2018 Week 11 vs WAS (8 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Texans are tying to keep Lamar Miller fresh and Alfred Blue is getting more opportunities in recent games. Blue averaged 5.8 yards a carry and was able to pick up some key first downs when needed. His longest run came on a patient 16 yard rush that helped bleed the clock in the second half of the game. Miller will continue to get the 10+ carry mark at this rate to help preserve Miller throughout the game.
2018 Week 12 vs TEN (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
The Texans continue to preserve Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue is getting comparable carries during the game. 13 carries for 49 yards but most of that work came in the second half when the Titans started selling out to stop the run. Blue's longest rush was 9 yards and he did have one reception for 13-yards. The big thing with Blue is his continued carries he is getting to spell Miller.
2018 Week 13 vs CLE (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Texans are still trying to split the carried between Blue and Miller, it is working keeping both fresh for the game. Blue continues to get the grunt work but he is getting yards when needed. He has a 17-yard rush that almost broke but was tripped up from behind, Blue also had a 21-yard touchdown run called back due to a holding call. Blue remains a viable option in the offense especially how the Texans want to play the game during their win streak.
2018 Week 14 vs IND (6 / 21 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Texans had a tad more success with Alfred Blue running the football and his longest rush was ll-yards. Blue started the second half and provided some solid runs when needed, he was targets once in the passing game but it was short hopped to him. Blue started off the scoring on the day with a 3-yard run that was initially stopped but then was helped in by an offensive line for the touchdown.
2018 Week 15 vs NYJ (9 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
With Lamar Miller down, the Texans turned to Alfred Blue to carry the workload. Just like Miller earlier in the game, there was not much there for Blue in the running game. He had 9 rushed for 6 yards and two receptions for 9 yards. It was the lowest rushing output of the season for the Texans and Blue had zero room to work with on Saturday.
2018 Week 16 vs PHI (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Blue ended up starting the game and rushed for only 14 yards. The rushing game has been terrible for the Texans and Blue was passed over for Foreman in the offense. Blue caught four passes for 26 yards with his longest being only 9 yards. Blue needs room to work as a running back and he is not getting any of that of late with a struggling offensive line.
2017 Week 15 vs JAX (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Texan had to turn to Alfred Blue int he running game and he rushed for 55 yards on the day and all of his yards came on hard earned plays. His longest run was only 7 yards and he was targeted once in the passing game. The Texans running game depended on Blue with Miller's knee issue.
2017 Week 16 vs PIT (16 / 108 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was the first time all season a Texans rusher eclipsed the 100 yard plateau with Alfred Blue went for 108. His best run came off the right end for 48 yards that saw him get into the open field. Blue worked hard for the rest of his yards but was able to move the chains when needed. It was a solid outing for Blue overall especially since it was the best the running game has looked since the loss of Deshaun Watson.
2017 Week 17 vs IND (18 / 39 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
The Texans opted to go with Blue in the final game of the season and he had 18 carries for 39 yards with a rushing touchdown and 4 receptions for 36 yards. Those numbers made Blue the most producing offensive player on the day with 75 total yards from scrimmage. Blue punched it in on a 2 yard run to give the Texans an early lead but from that point the Texans moved to Lamar Miller ending Blue's afternoon.
2016 Week 7 vs DEN (11 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Lamar Miller on the sideline, Alfred Blue took over and had a really strong day. His longest run was 17 yards and has having much success between the tackles. Blue started to get more looks as the game went on and had runs of 9 and small ones of 4 and 3. With the Texans driving late, Blue had a costly fumble late in the 3rd quarter which sealed the Texans fate. Blue has a much better understanding of the Texans offense and it showed, but his fumble ruined what would have been a solid day.
2016 Week 8 vs DET (9 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blue continues to make plays and he is running hard and making defenders feel it with each run. His best run came on a 19 yard dash where he stiff armed a defender and hurdled one late in the run. He also had a 12 yard run wiped out due to a holding call but Blue is eating up yards on the ground. With Miller banged up, Blue is putting together some solid work for the offense moving the chains.
2016 Week 10 vs JAX (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Much like Lamar Miller, Alfred Blue's rib situation is not helping his cause either. Blue's longest run of the day was 12 yards and that was on a drive when the Texans offensive line was mashing up front. Blue is the Texans best rusher inside the tackles and showed it once again this game. Blue is always falling forward but outside that 12 yard run and rib issue, his day was uneventful. Just like Miller, Blue had no pass attempts throw his way.
2016 Week 13 vs GB (5 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
After missing the past two games with a calf injury, Alfred Blue made his return. Blue had four carries with his longest coming on a 25 yard scamper around the corner with Xavier Su'a-Filo leading the way on the play. He had a bailout reception for Osweiler for -9 yards but he did have a 12 yard reception late in the 4th quarter to help set up a score for Hopkins long touchdown reception.
2016 Week 14 vs IND (16 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Texans turned to Alfred Blue to get the offense going and even though his longest run was 7 yards, he continued to plug away on the ground. He did have a fumble but that was saved by a review that was inconclusive even though his teammate did recover the ball. Blue is used inside the tackles and it is tough for break away runs but his 16 carries were a season high. With Miller's injury issues, Blue will continue to get work on the field.
2016 Week 16 vs CIN (21 / 73 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Alfred Blue took over the running game and like spot starts he has had over his career, he wears on a defense. Blue plugged away and had his normal 3 to 4 yard gains and rarely has a negative run. His big run came on a 24 yard run that ended up in the end zone to give the Texans the lead. Blue had some nice blocking and got a key block from DeAndre Hopkins to get him into the second level to run away from defenders. Blue remains a solid back for the Texans when he gets the opportunities and he continued to show why in a spot start.
2016 Week 17 vs TEN (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Alfred Blue received touches but there was not much to go along with it. Only rushing for 28 yards and catching 3 passes for 12 yards, it was a disappointing day for Blue. Much of that was on the offensive line getting beat and shuffling lineman in and out to get them work.
2015 Week 1 vs KC (9 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
If the Texans would have stuck with Alfred Blue it would have been a bigger day for him. With a long run of 11 yards on the day, Blue was able to plow ahead for runs for positive gains. Blue even split out in the slot and made a nice catch for 7 yards which resulted in a first down. He missed a big run when the Texans checked out of a play at the line into a run and with his blocked perfectly he tripped over his feet for no gain. Blue has so much potential but he has moments of lapses that keep him off the field.
2015 Week 2 vs CAR (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Blue was supposed to be the bell cow with Arian Foster out but he has been slowly phased out of the offense. His longest run of the day was for four yards which was the highlight of his unimpressive day. Blue did not get into any rhythm and the Texans just moved on from him as the game went on.
2015 Week 3 vs TB (31 / 139 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The offensive line made it easy for Alfred Blue to get rolling today and it also helped Bill O'Brien stuck with one running back today. Blue was top notch on Sunday running strong in the zone game. Blue had three runs over 10 yards and capped off his day with a 20 yard touchdown run off the left side. He showed some solid work in breaking tackles and he was tough to deal with for linebackers and safeties when he got into the second level. Blue was delivering the blow to defenders wearing them down. He did have a fumble caused by his own player trying to push him for extra yards, but he recovered it in the process. Seven of Blue's runs came for no yards or a minus but he did majority of his work off the left side of the offense line. Blue showed much more patience on Sunday, letting play develop and getting North and South. It was the Blue that the Texans were hoping for when they came into the season.
2015 Week 4 vs ATL (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a disappointing day for Blue who alternated with Foster at running back could not get into the flow of the game. He had a big run of 9 yards that looked like he and the offensive line were going to get things going. It never happen and he was stuffed on his other five runs which totaled 8 yards. Blue missed a touchdown that had a clear path to the end zone and if he would have dropped his shoulder pads he would have scored but instead was denied at the one inch line with a big hit. Blue was immediately pulled after the play and lost his touchdown opportunity to Chris Polk.
2015 Week 5 vs IND (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
His evening was cut short due to a toe injury, Blue started off the day strong running the football. Blue was chewing up yards early and even had his longest play through the air for 11-yards picking up a key first down. Not having him late in the game forced the Texans to use Foster more than they wanted to.
2015 Week 8 vs TEN (14 / 39 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Alfred Blue is getting the start with Arian Foster out for the season and is getting his fair share of work. Blue had 19 total touches to lead the team and had 72 all purpose yards. On the ground his longest run was 8 yards but he did most of his work on underneath routes as an outlet for Hoyer. Blue had four receptions for 6 yards and one for nine yards. The running backs are getting touches as an extensions of the running game.
2015 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
His longest run was five yards and his longest reception was only nine yards. It is getting slim pickings for Blue and was looked over late in the game in favor of Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes. Blue is just not seeing holes when he runs the ball and it is taking away from his playing time. Blue had 12 carries on the day for only 22 yards and there was room for him to work.
2015 Week 11 vs NYJ (21 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
It was another volume day for Blue and his longest rush was a 14 yard scamper that saw him bob and weave through defenders. Blue is still having a bad habit of dancing prior to hitting the hole and that is allowing defenders to close the gap in a hurry on his carries. Blue's big play came on a trick play when he snuck out of the back field and caught a 21 yard touchdown reception off the arm of Cecil Shorts in the middle of the third quarter. Blue had a positive day receiving and had another reception for 10 yards to open up the game.
2015 Week 12 vs NO (16 / 77 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
It was Alfred Blue's most productive game since week three and the offensive line helped out his cause. The offensive line opened up huge run lanes and Blue picked his spots and had productive runs. Blue made defenders miss and one of his best runs came on his touchdown of 8-yards in the third quarter when he ran through arm tackles and plowed his way into the end zone. He was much more decisive with the ball in his hands and made two big runs late in the game of 12-yards each to ice the game for the Texans.
2015 Week 13 vs BUF (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blue started that game for the Texans and after four carries he found himself watching from the sideline. His long carry for the day was four yards and saw limited time for the remainder of the game. Blue was passed over for Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk.
2015 Week 15 vs IND (20 / 107 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It did not start off well for Alfred Blue when he had a five yard gain end in a fumble that resulted in points for the Colts. After that moment, Blue turned it up a notch after the Texans decided to stick with him after the fumble. Blue had to consecutive runs for 10 and then a 41 yard gallop to breathe some life into a Texans offense that needed it. It was a continuous dose of Blue as the game went on and when the Texans took the lead it was a game of keep away with Blue just protecting the ball with 3 to 4 yard chunks on the ground. With 51 yards on two runs, Blue had only 66 yards on 18 carries for the remainder of the game. It wasn't a flashy day for Blue, just a worker like day at the office for him.
2015 Week 16 vs TEN (15 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
If was a move the pile type of day for Alfred Blue. His longest run of the day was seven yards and the offense ended up keeping Blue inside the tackles. Blue averaged 3 yards a carry and it has little flash on the field. Blue also had a five yard reception on the day from Brandon Weeden. The Texans like using Blue to eat up the clock and they value his ability to protect the football.
2015 Week 17 vs JAX (21 / 102 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
One thing is for sure, Alfred Blue is not going to get style points for the way he runs. Blue had 11 runs attempts on first down, five of those runs went for first downs (11,11,12,12,12) and he had a 65 yard run wiped out due to a holding call. Blue averaged 4.9 yards a rush and his success on 1st down was the difference. Blue had one reception for two yards, but the offense seems to click better when Blue is getting his carries. His patience was the key and he had some strong run where he finished through Jaguar defenders by running through their arm tackles. Blue did not score on the day but he did enough to set up the offense in good position to put point on the board.
2015 Week 18 vs KC (17 / 99 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
One of the few bright spots for the Texans offense as he put the Texans into position to score with his tough running. The Texans kept pudding Blue until the Chiefs defense broke and it did for 49 yard run that saw him break two tackles and make a defender miss to get inside the red zone. Blue carried the Texans running game and showed a much better feel. His lack of success on first down was slowed by Chiefs defense that dominated up front for most of the day.
2014 Week 3 vs NYG (13 / 78 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
At first glance of Blue's stat line, one would assume that Bill O'Brien underutilized the rookie runner who averaged 6 yards per carry. While that may partially be true, the deficit dictated a pass intensive game plan in the second half and Blue proved to be an ineffective short yardage runner. Blue was stopped short on several third and shorts due to poor push from the offensive line at times, but also a lack of patience on Blue's part to let plays develop. Despite this isolated negative issue, Blue ran with burst and balance on non-short yardage situations, often putting the Texans favorable down and distances. While early indications are Arian Foster will return shortly from his injury, Foster has been plagued by hamstring woes that have lingered in the past. Blue ran well enough today that he should be in line for 8 to 10 carries when Foster returns, and start should Foster miss anymore time.
2014 Week 4 vs BUF (9 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Blue had just as frustrating a day as Foster on the ground, and as with his backfield mate his lack of production was due more to poor run blocking up front. Blue has a tendancy to run his assignments only. While that likely makes Bill O'Brien and the other offensive coaches happy, he has not shown the consistent ability to create for himself, and is rather only capable of getting what is blocked for him. While he is a decent receiver, he is still not completely trusted in pass protection duties which keeps him from having a steady third down role once Foster is fully healthy. Still, Blue has clearly taken over as the primary backup for Foster. There were times that Blue took whole series' in order to spell Foster. If Foster has another setback which keeps him out, Blue's ceiling is likely a RB2 given his lack of creativity and the Texans mediocre run blocking.
2014 Week 7 vs PIT (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
Alfred Blue received a predominance of his carries in the first half when the Texans were dominating the time of possession. Blue is not nearly as good a runner as Foster at this point, which is why the Texans coaching staff is riding Arian so hard. Blue is not patient enough, but when he does wait for holes to develop he doesn't have the burst to take advantage of them. Blue would likely be the starter if Foster went down, but only has the talent to be a RB3 for fantasy purposes.
2014 Week 9 vs PHI (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Blue got his typical change of pace carries until Foster went down and then he was the clear cut primary back. Blue will probably be in line for 15 carries per game as long as Foster is out, to include goal line carries. As attractive as that sounds for fantasy purposes, Blue would be filling big shoes and he may not be up to the task. Foster has been the only source of continuity for this offense, and without him they are possibly in store for more inconsistency, which is a scary proposition. If Foster's injury is long term Blue will be a hot wavier wire commodity, but some caution should be exercised. Blue is not nearly as talented as Foster and while the Texans have run blocked well at times, they're not nearly dominant enough to allow Blue to replicate the success Foster has had to this point. Blue does not possess the patience which makes Foster so great nor the quick burst to take advantage of holes that develop.
2014 Week 11 vs CLE (36 / 156 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blue ran better than expected Sunday according to his stat line. Blue will be a hot waiver commodity because of his production, which isn't a bad idea if one expects the Texans offensive line to block as well as they did this weekend. Blue had monster holes to run through all day as the Texans offensive line was taking it to the Browns front seven, but that might be more due to Cleveland's 31st ranked rush defense than Houston being that dominant. Blue ran with conviction when holes were created, which was often, but when there wasn't an obvious lane Blue did next to nothing. Blue did have a great day, but starter Arian Foster would have had an incredible time with what the line provided. Blue has handcuff value, but make no mistake he is nowhere near the talent level of Foster and I'm sure Bill O'Brien knows that. O'Brien has also shown with Blue and Foster that he prefers one back to get a preponderance of the carries. Blue will not have the ability to produce unless Foster is unhealthy.
2014 Week 12 vs CIN (16 / 46 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
The only difference between Blue's performance against Cincinnati on Sunday and his 150 yard game against Cleveland the week prior was the holes against the Browns and the lack thereof against the Bengals. Blue is simply a back that gets what the line creates for him. On Sunday he showed he has less burst, vision, and football savvy than incumbent back Arian Foster who missed the game due to groin injury. Blue was quick to hit the hole at times, not letting the offensive line set up their blocks. The safety, however, was partially Blue's fault as he didn't have the understanding to know he couldn't bounce the stretch run outside in his own end zone. Blue will continue to be nothing but a handcuff for Foster owners.
2014 Week 15 vs IND (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blue still runs just like a rookie. He gets the ball and doesn't wait for his blocks to be set up at all, rather just running into the back of his offensive linemen. Blue might get better with an offseason, but right now he is very little dynasty value and absolutely no keeper or redraft value for the rest of the year.
2014 Week 17 vs JAX (17 / 39 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)
Blue saw a lot of the field with Foster out for most of the game, and again showed his lack of ability to be the lead back in an offense. His 2.3 YPC are a testament to how much less he does with the carries than Foster. The Jaguars defense was loading up to stop both backs, and while it might be unfair to compare the 6th round rookie with a former All Pro, it was apparent how much better of a runner Foster is than Blue. The silver lining was the work Blue did as a receiver. Those skills might secure his position as backup next season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Texans use a late Day 2 or early Day 3 draft pick on a running back in the draft. Blue's spot as backup is far from certain next season.