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Ryan Moats | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 210
College: Louisiana Tech
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Vikings waived RB Ryan Moats.
It doesn't bode well for Moats' future that he was unable to make up ground Albert Young and Darius Reynaud even though he was familiar with Brad Childress' offense. He'll try to catch on elsewhere as a special teamer and No. 4 back. Tue, Aug 24, 2010 12:25:00 PM

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Vikings signed RB Ryan Moats, formerly of the Texans.

The move bodes poorly for former Boise State star Ian Johnson, about whom we've heard no buzz this spring. Moats, 27, averaged a pedestrian 3.9 yards per carry with five all-purpose touchdowns in Houston last season. He is familiar with the Vikings' offense, having been drafted in 2005 by the Eagles. Brad Childress was Philadelphia's offensive coordinator at the time.
Tue, Jun 15, 2010 12:00:00 PM

Texans waived RB Ryan Moats.

Moats wasn't going to contribute with Ben Tate, Arian Foster, and Steve Slaton ahead of him on the depth chart, so the Texans did him a favor by letting him go in time to catch on with another team. A waiver wire darling after his 3-TD performance in Week 8 last season, Moats is best suited as a third running back and special teamer.
Thu, Jun 10, 2010 06:44:00 PM

Texans re-signed restricted free agent RB Ryan Moats to a one-year, $1.226 million contract.

Moats, 26, was unable to top 4.0 yards per carry on 101 attempts in 14 games last year. He's a middling talent, and may become a long shot to make the 2010 roster if the Texans draft a tailback in the early rounds, as expected.
Wed, Apr 7, 2010 04:14:00 PM

The Texans assigned an original pick tender to restricted free agent RB Ryan Moats.

Moats, 27, made two spot starts in 2009, but has unreliable ball security and is maddeningly inconsistent. While he'll be safe for the Texans to keep as a former third-round pick, Moats' roster spot won't be secure after they draft a tailback early. Houston is likely targeting runners at No. 20 overall.
Wed, Mar 3, 2010 10:09:00 PM

Ryan Moats rushed eight times for 23 yards and caught four passes for 39 yards against the Dolphins in Week 16.

Moats was the primary back early in the game, only to give way to a more effective Arian Foster from the second quarter on. He was a major factor in the passing game, though that won't necessarily be the case going forward. Foster is a much stronger pass catcher.
Sun, Dec 27, 2009 05:30:00 PM

Ryan Moats ran for 46 yards on 13 carries in the Texans' Week 15 win.

Moats took over the backfield reigns after Arian Foster's first-drive fumble and was basically the Texans' every-down back for the final three quarters. This was totally not expected, as Moats was benched in Week 14 after his own lost fumble. Safely avoid Texans RBs in Week 16 against Miami.
Sun, Dec 20, 2009 04:05:00 PM

Texans coach Gary Kubiak benched Ryan Moats after a second-half fumble in Week 14.

"When Ryan ran, he ran well," Kubiak said. "Ryan’s struggles are in pass protection. What kept him off the field is he fumbled. I took him off the field." Moats has apparently been passed by rookie Arian Foster on the depth chart. Chris Brown is the best of the three in pass protection, which will likely turn Moats into the third wheel against the Rams on Sunday.
Tue, Dec 15, 2009 11:13:00 AM

Ryan Moats rushed 10 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and added one reception for three yards against the Seahawks in Week 14.

Though Chris Brown started and was reported to be the lead back, Moats led the team in rushing yardage once again and converted a short-yardage touchdown. On a team with fumbling issues, though, Moats' third-quarter lost fumble won't go over well. He could lose touches to Arian Foster next week at St. Louis.
Sun, Dec 13, 2009 04:27:00 PM

With Steve Slaton (neck) sidelined, the "bulk of the carries" will go to Chris Brown and Ryan Moats, according to team beat writer Nick Scurfield.

Brown will start, but then it gets a little hairy. Coach Gary Kubiak suggested he wants to get rookie Arian Foster some touches, but we don't know how many that is. Kubiak did say that he thinks "we stay the way we are with what we're doing." If that means stay the same as last week when Slaton was inactive, Moats led the team in touches with 15. Keep all Texans running backs on your bench until this thing shakes out.
Thu, Dec 10, 2009 08:49:00 AM

Ryan Moats ran 12 times for 41 yards and caught three balls for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 13 loss.

Moats came off the bench behind Chris Brown with Steve Slaton (neck) inactive, but led the Texans' backfield in touches with 15 compared to Brown's 8. Neither RB showed much, however, and Moats exhibited little power, often going down on first contact. Look for Slaton to regain his starting job versus Seattle in Week 14. Moats and Brown simply didn't do enough to pull ahead.
Sun, Dec 6, 2009 04:17:00 PM

Ryan Moats will come off the bench against the Titans on Monday night.

Steve Slaton has his starting job back as the Texans come out of their bye. Expect Moats to still be part of the committee, but this is obviously a blow to his value. He's not a fantasy option unless Slaton starts putting the ball on the ground again.
Sat, Nov 21, 2009 02:58:00 PM

Ryan Moats rushed 16 times for 38 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against the Colts.

Moats worked most first and second-down situations while Steve Slaton was trusted on third down. Neither looked very explosive, especially against the Colts' tough defensive front. Houston has a bye in Week 10, but their backfield should be avoided in most fantasy leagues anyway.
Sun, Nov 8, 2009 04:33:00 PM

NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that Ryan Moats will be getting the football "much more" on early downs moving forward.

La Canfora confirms a previous report that Moats will start at the Colts, and it looks like he'll dominate first- and second-down situations. Steve Slaton will continue to be involved in the committee, but as mostly a passing-down back. Moats currently has the most fantasy value in Houston's backfield.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Nov 8, 2009 11:34:00 AM

Ryan Moats will start at running back for the Texans Sunday, according to ESPN's Bob Holzman.

Holzman got the news from Texans coach Gary Kubiak, and relayed it to Adam Schefter. The news isn't a shock, but certainly helps Moats' fantasy value in a decent matchup against the Colts. Steve Slaton and Chris Brown will both likely be heavily involved, so Moats is a good, not great, flex option.
Sat, Nov 7, 2009 05:02:00 PM

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