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Jonathan Grimes | Running Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 209
College: William & Mary
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Texans RB Jonathan Grimes rushed three times for nine yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Raiders.
Rookie Alfred Blue had 11 carries, which suggests Grimes may have fallen behind the sixth-rounder on Houston's depth chart. No longer a clear handcuff for Arian Foster, Grimes' fantasy value is now in serious question. Sep 14 - 7:38 PM

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Jonathan Grimes rushed one time for two yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Redskins.

Arian Foster (29 touches) barely came off the field, so we couldn't get a good read on the handcuff situation. We did note that when Foster tapped out at one critical point in the fourth quarter, Alfred Blue (one carry) came on.
Sep 7 - 4:15 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed five times for 22 yards with a touchdown and caught one pass for 24 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.

Grimes and Alfred Blue formed a first-team committee with Arian Foster sitting out. Although Blue got the "start" against Denver, Grimes appears to have his nose in front as he's rushed 24 times for 103 yards with one touchdown and caught four passes for 49 yards in three preseason games. Considering the state of Foster's body, Grimes is well worth a late-round flier.
Aug 24 - 12:11 AM

Jonathan Grimes rushed nine times for 42 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards in Houston's second preseason game Saturday night.

Grimes also returned a blocked punt 17 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, a play that will surely appeal to Belichick disciple Bill O'Brien. Grimes remains in the driver's seat to back up Arian Foster this season, giving him more than enough theoretical fantasy value to be rostered in all leagues. Grimes now has 19 carries for 81 yards (4.26 YPC) through two exhibitions.
Aug 16 - 10:34 PM

Jonathan Grimes is listed as Arian Foster's backup on the Texans' "unofficial" depth chart.

The news was trumpeted by the Texans' website. It was expected after Houston cut Andre Brown. Grimes has to hold off sixth-rounder Alfred Blue, as well as veterans Ronnie Brown and William Powell, but is the favorite for the job. Considering Foster's continual health issues, Grimes will be one of the most important handcuffs in all of fantasy if he can nail down No. 2 duties.
Aug 12 - 5:05 PM

Jonathan Grimes has emerged as the favorite for the Texans' primary backup running back job.

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Grimes is ahead of rookie Alfred Blue, while veteran Andre Brown seems to be pulling up the rear. Grimes had impressive measurables coming out of William & Mary two years ago, running 4.53 at his Pro Day with a 38-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-5 broad jump at 5-foot-10, 207. He's worth considering late in re-draft leagues and rostering in Dynasty. There are reasons to believe Arian Foster's body is beginning to break down.
Aug 11 - 3:23 PM

Texans RB Jonathan Grimes was a surprise starter for Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, rushing 10 times for 39 yards.

Andre Brown was expected to start with Arian Foster sidelined, but was a mysterious absence. Grimes got the nod instead, with rookie Alfred Blue earning some first-team looks, as well. With two injury-prone running backs ahead of him, Grimes is a name to know this season.
Aug 9 - 10:49 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed 16 times for 50 yards and one touchdown in Houston's Week 17 loss at Tennessee.

Grimes also led the Texans in receiving by catching six passes for 76 yards. The Texans' fifth-string running back was the offense Sunday. He doesn't have special talent but has some bounce in his step. Grimes had the freshest legs on the field Sunday. He'll compete for a roster spot in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes will be the Texans' Week 17 starter at running back.

Dennis Johnson is questionable with a hip injury, while Deji Karim is done for the year with a broken collarbone. A second-year undrafted free agent, Grimes has seven career carries, five of which came Sunday against the Broncos. He's an unknown commodity, but has a favorable matchup in the Titans' run-of-the-mill run defense. He'll be a bottom-dollar option in daily leagues.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 04:44:00 PM

Texans RB Jonathan Grimes rushed five times for 23 yards in Houston's Week 16 loss to the Broncos.

Grimes was the No. 3 back through the rotation, behind Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim. Because Grimes outproduced both on a per-carry basis, it's possible he'll see more carries in Week 17 against Tennessee.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 04:51:00 PM

Texans signed RB Jonathan Grimes.

It's a sign Ben Tate is very questionable for Week 16 after aggravating his rib injury against the Colts. Grimes has been in and out of the Texans' organization for the last couple years, bouncing between their active roster and the practice squad a few times. If Tate sits, he'd back up Dennis Johnson.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Jaguars RB Jonathan Grimes outplayed Jordan Todman and De'Leon Eskridge during OTAs and minicamp.

Grimes won't beat out Justin Forsett or Denard Robinson, but he appears to have the inside track on a roster spot if the Jags feel the need to keep four backs. The health of Maurice Jones-Drew's foot will help determine Grimes' fate.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 08:19:00 AM

Jaguars claimed RB Jonathan Grimes off waivers from the Texans.

Undrafted in April out of William & Mary, Grimes is on his third NFL team already after spending brief spells with the Texans and Jets. A one-cut downhill runner, Grimes racked up 188 total yards in the preseason, averaging 4.64 YPC.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 04:25:00 PM

Texans waived RB Jonathan Grimes.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Texans, Grimes was claimed off waivers from the Jets in October. He's appeared in nine total games this season, carrying the ball two times for six yards. He should pull down a futures contract in January.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 05:15:00 PM

Texans declared RB Jonathan Grimes, LB Brooks Reed, CB Alan Ball, OG Antoine Caldwell, OT Andrew Gardner, OG Chris White, and NT Terrell McClain inactive for Week 15 against Indianapolis.

The Texans are very healthy at this stage of the season. They should also be angry coming off last Monday night's embarrassing loss to the Patriots, and out for blood facing the upstart division-rival, and visiting 9-4 Colts.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Ryan Mallett
3Tom Savage
RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
3Alfred Blue
4Ronnie Brown
GLB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11Andre Johnson
2Keshawn Martin
WR21DeAndre Hopkins
2DeVier Posey
3Damaris Johnson
WR31Keshawn Martin
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
K1Randy Bullock