RB Ryan Moats - Free Agent

5-9, 208Born: 12-17-1982College: Louisiana TechDrafted: Round 3, pick 0

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Game Recaps

2009 Week 4 vs OAK (15 / 56 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats was effective spelling starter Steve Slaton, rushing for 56 yards on 15 carries. Most of Moats's touches were on runs between the tackles where he consistently gained 3 or 4 yards, helping the Texans sustain drives. Moats entered the game on the Texans fourth series and carried 3 straight times for 24 yards on the Texans fifth series before Slaton returned to rush for a touchdown. Moats returned again on the Texans' fourth series of the second half before splitting carries with Steve Slaton in the fourth quarter.

2009 Week 5 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After playing an integral part in last week's game, Ryan Moats did not have a carry in week 5. If Chris Brown is out of Gary Kubiak's doghouse, then Moats isn't likely to earn much playing time.

2009 Week 7 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats did not receive a touch against the 49ers. He is clearly a distant 3rd in the running back order behind Steve Slaton and Chris Brown.

2009 Week 8 vs BUF (23 / 126 / 3 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Ryan Moats burst on the scene in week 8 for the Houston Texans setting career highs in carries (23), yards (136), and TD's (3). He entered the game on the 1st drive and then became the every down back in week 8 after Steve Slaton was benched following his 5th fumble of the season. Moats turned in an extremely impressive effort in every facet of the game to say the least. He showed quick burst hitting the corners and strong vision and power hitting the holes all game long. In the red zone, Moats took complete charge running like a man who was attempting to seize a rare opportunity. In the past Moats has shown flashes of his potential, in week 8 the perfect storm came together. A porous running defense, plus a bunch of touches. Looking ahead, Moats will clearly be a Waiver Wire darling this week and it is warranted. However, it will be hard to imagine the Texans handing over the job to him. Expect a RBBC at least and more red zone looks for Moats.

2009 Week 9 vs IND (16 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)

Moats was given the chance to be the Texans lead runner on Sunday against the Colts and, like Steve Slaton and Chris Brown before him, had almost no luck running between the tackles. Furthermore, Moats had another costly fumble, just as Slaton and Brown had before him. Moats didn't look bad taking the handoff and running to the hole, but the hole was long gone by the time he got there. By the end of the game, it was clear that Moats was running out of steam after being pounded at the line of scrimmage for 3 quarters. He did manage to catch two passes (including a short touchdown toss in the third quarter) but was ineffective for the most part out of the backfield.

2009 Week 12 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats did not see a carry against the Colts. Chris Brown complemented Steve Slaton out of the backfield.

2009 Week 13 vs JAX (12 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Moats started in place of Steve Slaton against the Jaguars and had a mixed performance. When he took the handoff and ran with a full head of steam to the hole, solid gains were achieved. Unfortunately, Moats also had a number of carries wherein he danced behind the line of scrimmage waiting for a hole to open and, as a result, was caught in the backfield for a loss. The Texans continue to avoid running the ball outside, which is somewhat surprising considering they haven't had much success running it between the tackles. Moats was also used on a handful of screen passes as an outlet for Matt Schaub.

2009 Week 14 vs SEA (10 / 43 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Moats had a solid game filling in for the injured Steve Slaton, showing a previously unseen amount of patience waiting for the Texans line to open holes up front. Moats was most effective running on sweeps to the left side, letting Vontae Leach engage the Seahawks outside linebacker, and then cutting between Leach and the left tackle or continuing to the outside if Leach had blocked his man to the inside. Moats touchdown came on a similar play to the left side wherein his line got a good push up front and the right guard pulled to engage the defensive end.

2009 Week 15 vs STL (13 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats was the bell-cow for the Texans for the second week in a row, posting 46 yards on 13 carries. Most of Moats touches came between the tackles and despite the Texans success in the passing game, Moats was only able to break free once for a large gain. The Texans favor running him off tackle despite the fact that holes have been hard to come by all season. On the plus side, Moats did not fumble the ball.

2009 Week 16 vs MIA (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Moats started the game against Miami in place of the injured Steve Slaton but quickly gave way to Arian Foster, who had the most productive game of his career. Moats had 8 carries for 23 yards but was most effective in the passing game, catching 4 balls for 39 yards including a 16 yard reception on a "wheel" route that helped convert a key first down on the Texans 2nd scoring drive.

2009 Week 17 vs NE (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats had 4 carries for 17 yards as a change of pace back against New England. Arian Foster received the bulk of the work against the Patriots. His best carry was a 15 yard rush on a draw play. Otherwise, he gained 2 yards on 3 carries. Moats finished the season with 114 touches for 496 yards and 5 touchdowns.

2008 Week 13 vs JAX (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Both of Moats' runs came on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter.

2008 Week 14 vs GB (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats had two three yard runs.

2008 Week 17 vs CHI (12 / 38 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Moats complemented Slaton well, and although he did not gain a lot of yards, helped his team maintain the time of possession with some tough interior running. He also scored his first touchdown of the season.

2006 Week 4 vs GB (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats was not used in the first half, but he entered the game in the third quarter. He was able to convert two first downs on the Eagles' opening drive of the second half, leading to a field goal. He was targeted once but did not make the catch.

2006 Week 5 vs DAL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats had one carry in the first quarter for two yards, so he was a non-factor.

2006 Week 17 vs ATL (11 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats got an overload of touches early in the game because of the ankle injury to RB Correll Buckhalter and starting RB Brian Westbrook being rested. He had one pass target on a screen play midway through the third quarter that was blown up by the Atlanta defensive line. Of note, it's quite possible that this target was incorrectly recorded in the NFL.com game log. He got a couple of late token carries when the Eagles meekly attempted to run out the clock.

2005 Week 12 vs GB (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats, a third round pick out of Louisiana Tech, saw his first action of the season against Green Bay. Moats had a carry on the Eagles' first series, and was used to spell Westbrook throughout the contest. Moats' long run of day went for 12 yards after he broke a tackle in the backfield. Moats was also active in special teams. He forced and recovered a Green Bay fumble on a kick return in the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 13 vs SEA (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

With Westbrook ailing and the game out of reach, Moats saw plenty of action in this game. For the most part, he was bottled up by the Seattle run defense. He did show good strength and quickness at times. His long run was for 14 yards. Moats did make a costly mistake when he fumbled the ball on his first carry of the second half. The ball was picked up by Seattle and returned for a touchdown. He was given the ball on the ensuing Philadelphia possession, and picked up nine yards running off tackle left.

2005 Week 14 vs NYG (11 / 114 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats was easily the most impressive of the three Philadelphia running backs. He broke off long touchdown runs of 40 and 18 yards, both going to the left side of the line. Overall, Moats showed good vision and great speed against a tough Giants' run defense.

2005 Week 15 vs STL (12 / 78 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats was the Eagles' primary back in this game, though both Reno Mahe and Lamar Gordon rotated in with frequency. On his first handoff of the game, he should have been stopped in the pile at the line of scrimmage. Four missed tackles and 59 yards later, the Eagles' side of the scoreboard showed six points. Moats spread 11 other carries evenly throughout the game, but managed only 19 additional yards.

2005 Week 16 vs ARI (9 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Moats struggled to find anywhere to run against the Cardinals. He had 13 yards on nine carries, with a long run of ten yards. In other words, take away his one long carry, and Moats had three yards on eight rushing attempts. Moats can't be blamed entirely for these poor numbers, as the Cardinals took advantage of a decimated Philadelphia offensive line, and seemed to be living in the Philadelphia backfield for much of the game. Moats did find the corner on a nice run at the end of the first half, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty.

2005 Week 17 vs WAS (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)

Moats took a back seat role to Bruce Perry in this game, carrying the ball only seven times for 23 yards. Of the two rushers, Moats had more difficulty finding running room. Moats was also targeted four times in the passing game, but found little success there as well. Moats also fumbled, but was able to recover the ball.