RB Ron Dayne - Houston Texans

5-10, 245Born: 3-14-1978College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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2007 Week 1 vs KC (13 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Last year's Houston rushing leader, Ron Dayne, now backs up Ahman Green. As such he provided good relief time for Green. He did not have any receptions but he can be counted on in the running and in the passing game.

2007 Week 2 vs CAR (18 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Dayne carried the ball 18 times for 44 yards. He also had one catch for ten yards. Sixteen of his 18 carries came in the second half. Dayne only averaged 2.4 yards per carry but he ran the ball exclusively while Houston was looking to control the clock.

2007 Week 4 vs ATL (15 / 62 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Dayne did not run particularly effectively, and gained almost half of his yards on one carry. He did not hit the line of scrimmage with power, and was usually brought down on first contact. He was used only as an outlet receiver and his contribution to the passing game was minimal.

2007 Week 5 vs MIA (16 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Dayne stepped in for the injured Green and led the team with 16 carries for 40 yards, including a one yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter. He was targeted three times in the passing game, catching one pass for five yards. As you would expect, Dayne did not have many big plays, and his longest run was just nine yards.

2007 Week 7 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Dayne didn't get into the game until the last two minutes of the fourth quarter. On his first play in he caught a ten yard pass for a first down. It was his only touch of the game as he did not have a carry in the game.

2007 Week 8 vs SD (17 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Dayne ran much like the player Giants fans saw for years, plodding his way along the offensive line and unable to find any holes. He averaged fewer than three yards per carry on the game, which incidentally is what he's done all season long. He just looked slow to the hole and it's obvious that he is never going to be very successful against a speed defense like the one San Diego has. Dayne's ineffectiveness was made all the more evident when one saw how well Adimchinobe Echemandu looked hitting the hole. If starter Ahman Green is to miss any more time, don't be surprised if Echemandu is the one who is given a much larger role based on his work done in this game.

2007 Week 9 vs OAK (21 / 122 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Ahman Green leaving the game in the second quarter due to injury, Ron Dayne became the featured running back for Houston. Midway through the second quarter he had a nice looking run slashing through the middle of the field for a 14 yard touchdown. Dayne was running with determination - often just refusing to go down. He carried two Raiders on his back on a 15 yard gain in the fourth quarter. He topped 100 yards despite not being the featured back until the second quarter. He was easily the star of the game for the Texans, eating up the clock and yardage as they left the Black Hole with a victory.

2007 Week 11 vs NO (21 / 89 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Dayne ran hard and with power on most of his carries, which benefited him late in the game as he was able to break several tackles and help his team salt the game away by using up the game clock. He came up short on a fourth down play where he needed less than a yard and was stopped before he could gain the first down, but apart from that, was very effective both running the ball and catching screen passes and gaining yardage.

2007 Week 12 vs CLE (16 / 78 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Dayne was contained for most of the game, struggling to find room to run behind an offensive line that could not generate much movement on the line of scrimmage. His longest run was only 14 yards and he was a non factor in the passing game. The Texans moved away from the rushing game in the second half, using Dayne almost exclusively as another blocker. His two catches were the result of good defensive pass coverage, and he was a safety outlet for Matt Schaub.

2007 Week 13 vs TEN (18 / 86 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Dayne got off to a quick start, but was relatively quiet in the second half of this game following a pair of Titans touchdowns in the third quarter that forced the Texans to turn to the air, and away from his bruising style of running up the middle to wear down defenses. Dayne was clearly affected by the return of Albert Haynesworth to the Titans defense, who clogged up the middle.

2007 Week 14 vs TB (7 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Dayne started the game and ran the ball seven times for 17 yards, while adding two receptions for 15 yards in the passing game, before leaving the game with an injury. He did return to the game, but was not used much following the injury.

2007 Week 15 vs DEN (11 / 67 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Dayne did not start the game in the backfield but he powered the ball up the middle for a six yard touchdown run. He looked strong when running, employing a vicious stiff arm on a 25 yard run in the fourth quarter. He shared carries with rookie RB Darius Walker and they both ran roughshod over the meager Broncos' front line.

2007 Week 17 vs JAX (21 / 88 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dayne ran with determination, taking on defenders routinely instead and usually managing to gain an extra yard or two after initial contact. While he did not break any long runs, he was effective enough to help keep the chains moving. Dayne took advantage of his red zone opportunities by converting two such rushes into touchdowns.

2006 Week 2 vs IND (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dayne came on in the second quarter and provided an immediate charge to the Texans' offense, helping to lead them to a field goal. He broke some good, short runs and was effective but never elusive. He had more attempts than any other RB so it remains to be seen if this heralds a change in the starting lineup.

2006 Week 3 vs WAS (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

The number one running back in Houston is Ron Dayne. His 58 yards lead all Texans and scored a two point conversion in the fourth quarter. He also caught a pass for 13 yards. Dayne was able to join Houston and step right in after being cut by the Broncos because Gary Kubiak, former offensive coordinator for Denver, employs the same plays and terminology.

2006 Week 4 vs MIA (22 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Dayne had 22 rushes for 58 yards, and struggled to get through the trenches as he always has for his career. He was used somewhat in the passing game, catching three passes on three targets for 11 yards, one of which resulted in a first down. Dayne also had a fumble in the game, but Houston was fortunate enough to recover.

2006 Week 6 vs DAL (10 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Dayne started the game and just could not get anything going at all; he was stopped cold all day long.

2006 Week 8 vs TEN (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Dayne had five carries for 16 yards and was also used in short yardage situations. He had two receptions for 17 yards.

2006 Week 9 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Dayne caught one pass for five yards. It was his only play of the game.

2006 Week 13 vs OAK (18 / 95 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Dayne was given new life after a three week stint on the inactive list. He made the most of his opportunity and gained a season high 95 yards. Dayne gained 83 of the Texans' 90 positive yards after halftime. Houston ran only eight second half plays that were not Dayne runs. Dayne gained 57 of those 83 yards on six consecutive carries during Houston's longest drive of the game. Dayne showed some shiftiness and speed and displayed a hard running style that at times has been elusive for the big back. His long run was a 19 yard gain. Dayne caught a five yard pass in the first half.

2006 Week 14 vs TEN (21 / 87 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Dayne entered the game early in the second quarter and promptly gained all but nine of the yards during Houston's first touchdown drive. On the drive, he had seven runs for 39 yards and caught one six yard pass. Dayne led the Texans in rushing for the second consecutive game. He averaged just over four yards on his 21 carries and scored his first two touchdowns of the season. Dayne used his brawn in a workmanlike performance. He was held to no gain once and was not stopped for a loss. Dayne had two 11 yard runs in the game. He caught all three of his targets for a total of 12 yards.

2006 Week 15 vs NE (18 / 94 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The Texans ran Dayne early and often when they had the ball. If the passing game wouldn't have turned the ball over Dayne would have had a huge workload. He ran with power between the tackles falling forward after most contact. To open the second half Dayne had six carries on the opening drive of the third quarter resulting in his one yard touchdown plunge. He had only two other carries in the rest of the game (ten and 11 yards) as the Patriots did an effective job of burning up the clock.

2006 Week 16 vs IND (32 / 153 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Dayne started the game at running back and found lots of rushing room against the Colts. He finished the game with 32 rushes for 153 yards. He opened the game with an eight yard rush up the middle. He rushed well against the hapless Colts' rush defense during the opening drive with five rushes for 21 yards, finishing with a three yard touchdown run. After the Texans recovered Dominic Rhodes' fumble, Dayne finished that drive with a six yard touchdown rush. Dayne made a three yard reception at the start of the second quarter. Dayne had a third touchdown rush negated by a holding penalty against Andre Johnson.

2005 Week 2 vs SD (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Broncos' final drive was focused around Ron Dayne. He gained 43 yards on seven carries during the drive, including a key fourth down conversion which enabled Jason Elam to attempt the winning field goal. Denver tried to draw the Chargers offside on the fourth down conversion and then showed faith in Dayne by remaining on the field and giving him the ball.

2005 Week 3 vs KC (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dayne was used only briefly to provide a deserved break for Anderson. He was able to pound the Chiefs' line for short yardage while Anderson caught his breath.

2005 Week 4 vs JAX (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dayne gained his three yards on one carry up the middle in a short yardage situation.

2005 Week 12 vs DAL (7 / 98 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Dayne had not played in a game since week six, had not carried the football since week four, and had not surpassed eighty yards rushing since 2002. His last carry of the game went for more yards than he had previously amassed for the entire season (55-53). Dayne looked lighter and quicker than in his Giants' days and made the most of his opportunity with runs of 14, 16, (touchdown), and 55 yards. Dayne also contributed his first two receptions of the season.

2005 Week 13 vs KC (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

CBS commentator Phil Simms quoted Denver HC Mike Shanahan as having said, "Ron Dayne has earned the right to get a few carries just from what he did Thanksgiving Day". True to his word, Shanahan gave Dayne eight of the team's 26 running back carries. He didn't do much with his opportunity, with his first carry coming on a third and 18 draw early in the second quarter. He did get some red zone touches, carrying the ball twice from inside the six yard line. As has been the story of his career, he was stopped short both times. Jason Elam hit a 22 yard field goal later in the possession. After one play in particular, Dayne appeared to have suffered a bloody nose but he was apparently fine.

2005 Week 14 vs BAL (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Dayne had only four carries for seven yards, and caught one pass for seven yards, which he fumbled and lost to Baltimore.

2005 Week 16 vs OAK (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dayne saw action in the fourth quarter as RB Mike Anderson sprained his ankle in the third quarter and RB Tatum Bell had already carried the ball 17 times. With the game in hand and HC Mike Shanahan on record as stating that he does not want Bell to have but 10-15 carries a game, it was time for Dayne to finish off the contest. Dayne ran the ball eight times for the Broncos to finish the game.

2005 Week 17 vs SD (13 / 64 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dayne impressed once again today when given an opportunity with legitimate touches. He toted the ball 13 times and averaged five yards per carry. He looked good doing it, and has now responded well every single time he's been called upon to help the team win a game.