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Chris Polk | Running Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 222
College: Washington
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Texans RB Chris Polk rushed seven times for 36 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding three catches for 19 yards.
They're nice numbers, but Polk was a distant No. 3 behind Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes. The journeyman 2012 undrafted free agent has 17 carries for 65 yards through two preseason games. He's tacked on six grabs for 55 yards. Aug 22 - 10:59 PM

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Texans coach Bill O'Brien believes Chris Polk can be a "good three-down back."

O'Brien has also talked up Alfred Blue as having the skills to play on third down, but it's notable nonetheless. The way O'Brien has presented things publicly, anything is possible as Polk, Blue and Jonathan Grimes jockey for committee position in the absence of Arian Foster. This will shake out on the preseason field.
Aug 8 - 1:40 PM

Chris Polk (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

Polk ended up missing only a few days. With Arian Foster (groin) on the shelf, Polk has the opportunity to carve out a role on early downs. His battle with Alfred Blue will be one to watch in the preseason.
Aug 8 - 10:34 AM

Texans RB Chris Polk is battling a minor hamstring injury.

"(He's) on the mend and so, hopefully, he’ll be back soon," said GM Rick Smith. "We’ll just keep adjusting to whatever happens out here on the field." Although Polk's injury is "minor," Smith's comments suggest he's more week to week than day to day. There are snaps there for Polk's taking during Arian Foster's (groin) absence, but it would be a rough start to his summer were he to miss next weekend's preseason game.
Aug 8 - 9:30 AM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini said to "look for" Chris Polk "to be the first one to see if he can hold down the fort" while Arian Foster (groin) is out.

Per Russini, the Texans were so interested in Polk that they were considering trading for him when he was with the Eagles. Polk ended up getting released, and Houston pounced on the fourth-year UDFA. Coming out of Washington, Polk was viewed as a day-two prospect but wasn't selected due to injury concerns. Polk has solid size at 5'11/222 and is a straight-line north-south runner with a thick frame. He's averaged 4.7 YPC on 57 career carries with six touchdowns.
Aug 5 - 1:22 PM

Texans agreed to terms with RB Chris Polk, formerly of the Eagles, on a one-year contract.

Polk had been a restricted free agent, but the Eagles withdrew their qualifying offer. He's a depth signing for a Texans team that was caught short at running back whenever Arian Foster battled an injury last season. A straight-line runner, Polk averaged just 3.7 yards on 46 carries last season, though he did seize goal-line duties from LeSean McCoy late in the year. Polk will have the inside track to a spot on the Texans' 53-man roster, but it's not guaranteed.
Apr 28 - 6:06 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recruited free agent RB Chris Polk while at USC.

Chip Kelly dumped a truckload of money on DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, so Polk didn't sign his RFA tender and the Eagles rescinded the offer on Friday. Now he's free to sign with any team. The Seahawks are similarly stacked with Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael at running back, but the Seattle Times expects Carroll to take a look. Polk could also fill a need at kickoff return man.
Apr 27 - 8:08 AM

Eagles rescinded their RFA tender to RB Chris Polk.

He becomes an unrestricted free agent. With DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews ahead of him, Polk wasn't worth his $1.54 million tender to the Eagles. Polk, 25, is has shown brief flashes in the run game and also has some special teams skills.
Apr 24 - 5:05 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer speculates restricted free agent Chris Polk could be seeking a trade.

Polk has not signed his $1.54 million RFA tender yet and was not present as the Eagles opened their offseason program Monday. It's understandable he wants a trade as the Eagles have DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles ahead of him. Perhaps Chip Kelly could pull some magic out of a hat and get a seventh-round pick for Polk.
Apr 21 - 9:20 AM

Now that DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews are under contract, the Eagles could rescind their restricted free agent tender to RB Chris Polk.

The tender was for one year and $1.54 million. Polk, a bruising short yardage specialist, won't see the ball much if he stays and would probably just cover kicks.
Mar 13 - 8:49 AM

The Eagles reportedly plan to offer restricted free agent RB Chris Polk a one-year, $1.6 million tender.

The Eagles aren't showing running backs much love this offseason. They traded LeSean McCoy to Buffalo and now they're tendering short-yardage back Polk at the lowest possible level. If the Eagles don't match Polk's best offer, they won't be entitled to any compensation. If they had offered Polk a second-round tender ($2 million), they could have gotten a second-round pick. Philadelphia's running back situation has never been less clear.
Mar 5 - 8:23 AM

After dealing LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Eagles coach Chip Kelly to "more evenly distribute the carries to three tailbacks as he did at Oregon."

Beat writer Jeff McLane expects the Eagles to "add a lead back" in free agency or the draft. We wouldn't be shocked if Philadelphia brought in two more running backs of relatively high quality, as change-up back Darren Sproles is going on age 32 and Chris Polk is an oft-injured restricted free agent. Either way, we'd be stunned if Polk or Sproles entered 2015 as the Eagles' lead runner.
Mar 4 - 10:58 PM

Chris Polk rushed seven times for 38 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Polk once again stole goal-line work from LeSean McCoy, punching in a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter. The Eagles didn't hide the fact that the talented, 222-pounder is now their preferred option in short-yardage situations. So even though Polk's third NFL season finishes with just 46 carries for 172 yards and three touchdowns, his fantasy value is greater than that looking ahead. Polk, a restricted free agent, will get goal-line scores and is an excellent handcuff to McCoy in 2015.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:01:00 PM

Chris Polk rushed twice for six yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' Week 15 loss to the Cowboys.

Polk and Darren Sproles (3-5-1) both handled scoring-position carries over LeSean McCoy, with the former hammering in TDs from five and one yard(s) out in the second and third quarters. McCoy did get a goal-line carry later in the contest, but couldn't punch it in. There is a chance Polk has overtaken McCoy as the Eagles' goal-line runner. He still carries little standalone fantasy value. McCoy will be an RB1/2 in Week 16 at Washington.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Chris Polk is active for Sunday night's Week 15 game against the Cowboys.

Polk will back up LeSean McCoy. The Eagles inactives are QB Nick Foles, DB Jaylen Watkins, S Jerome Couplin, C Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl, and DL Taylor Hart.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 06:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Ryan Mallett
3Tom Savage
RB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3Jonathan Grimes
4Kenny Hilliard
5Arian Foster
GLB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3RB1Jonathan Grimes
2Chris Polk
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Nate Washington
3Keshawn Martin
4Keith Mumphery
5Travis Labhart
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Jaelen Strong
3Damaris Johnson
4Alan Bonner
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR31Nate Washington
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
5Khari Lee
K1Randy Bullock