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Jonathan Grimes | Running Back | #41

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 209
College: William & Mary
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Texans re-signed RB Jonathan Grimes to a one-year contract.
Grimes is back in the fold and will compete for touches behind new starter Lamar Miller. Grimes is best on pass downs, but has also shown he can run the ball by averaging over five yards per carry last season. Mar 18 - 11:37 AM

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The Texans will not tender a contract to restricted free agent RB Jonathan Grimes, making him a free agent.

The Texans decided Grimes wasn't worth the low tender of $1.67 million. It's possible he returns on a cheaper deal. Now 26, Grimes had a strong 2015, averaging 5.0 yards per carry while catching 26 passes. He can be a useful reserve in a committee.
Mar 8 - 5:09 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Texans want to keep restricted free agent RB Jonathan Grimes.

Houston could keep Grimes around by offering him a tender, but they likely want to re-sign him to a cheaper, multi-year deal. Grimes caught 26 passes and rushed for 282 yards on 56 carries in limited snaps last season. With Houston eying some big-name backs in free agency, Grimes should be nothing more than a passing-down complement if he returns.
Mar 8 - 12:27 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed four times for 15 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards in the Texans' Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

Coming off a fluky two-touchdown Week 17 performance, Grimes predictably came back to Earth with just 27 scoreless yards as the Texans' pass-game back behind early-down runner Alfred Blue. In total, Grimes amassed 455 yards in the regular season on 82 touches. His lone two scores were in Week 17. Grimes is headed for restricted free agency but should be back in 2016.
Jan 9 - 8:22 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed four times for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars, adding four catches for 28 yards and an additional score.

The scores were the second and third of his career. Grimes enters the postseason as Alfred Blue's primary change-of-pace back.
Jan 3 - 6:47 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed six times for 25 yards Week 16 against the Titans.

Three of Grimes' carries came as direct snaps in the wildly unsuccessful wildcat formation Houston stubbornly insists upon using. Grimes actually managed more yards on his three traditional carries. He will continue to be a role player in the season finale.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:30:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes was held to one carry against the Colts in Week 15.

Grimes was a non-factor despite leading the Texans in rushing last week. He looks to have lost change-of-pace duties to Akeem Hunt.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 04:40:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed seven times for 53 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in the Texans' Week 14 loss to the Patriots.

Grimes got most of his yards on a 37-yard run. He played a bigger role with Alfred Blue not getting any snaps. With the Texans playing from behind all game, he led the backfield with 23 snaps. Grimes has looked like Houston's best back, but the Texans don't view him as capable of more than a low-volume workload.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Jonathan Grimes rushed five times for 28 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 15 yards in the Texans' Week 13 loss to Buffalo.

Although Grimes has flashed signs of being Houston's most-effective all-purpose back, the Texans' coaching staff seems to envision him as merely a low-volume role player while distributing weekly carries unevenly between Alfred Blue, Chris Polk, Grimes, and Akeem Hunt. Expect Grimes to handle 6-9 touches when the Texans square off with the Patriots in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:14:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed seven times for 25 yards in Houston's Week 12 win over the Saints, adding an eight-yard reception.

Grimes headed up a three-man committee behind Alfred Blue, and again saw some snaps out of the wildcat. Grimes has become a decent bet for 6-8 weekly touches, but it isn't translating to fantasy value in any format.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 05:34:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed six times for 37 yards and caught all three of his targets for 28 yards in the Texans' Week 11 win over the Jets.

Grimes took several snaps out of the wildcat and broke off a few big plays including a 19-yard catch-and-run that juked a host of defenders out of their shoes. Even when Chris Polk returns from a hamstring injury, Grimes should continue to see change-of-pace carries behind early-down thumper Alfred Blue.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:51:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed six times for 33 yards and caught his lone target for 12 yards in the Texans' Week 10 win over the Bengals on Monday night.

Grimes continues to play the pass-game role to Alfred Blue's early-down role in the Texans' backfield. But Blue isn't getting the job done, and Grimes had more success Monday as a runner and pass catcher. He had a nice 14-yard run up the middle early in the third quarter, while Blue managed 22 rushing yards total on 12 carries. Grimes should see more looks moving forward, but he hasn't reached the point where fantasy owners need to be rushing to the waiver wire.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 12:13:00 AM

Jonathan Grimes caught 2-of-3 passes for 12 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans.

Grimes didn't get any carries behind Alfred Blue and Chris Polk. He saw time on third downs, but wasn't a factor in the pass game. Grimes can continue to be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 05:19:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes (knee) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

With Alfred Blue (toe) day to day, Grimes and Chris Polk could serve as Arian Foster's backup committee for Week 6.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 06:14:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Grimes is on track to return after missing the last two games. With Alfred Blue sidelined, Grimes could see backup work behind Arian Foster this week.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brock Osweiler
2Brandon Weeden
3Tom Savage
RB1Lamar Miller
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
4Tyler Ervin
5Akeem Hunt
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Lamar Miller
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
2Soma Vainuku
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Jaelen Strong
3Keith Mumphery
4Josh Lenz
5Quenton Bundrage
WR21Will Fuller
2Cecil Shorts
3Braxton Miller
4Wendall Williams
5Tevin Jones
WR31Cecil Shorts
TE1Ryan Griffin
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Anthony Denham
4Eric Tomlinson
5Stephen Anderson
LT1Duane Brown
2Chris Clark
3Andrew McDonald
LG1Xavier Su'a-Filo
2Chad Slade
3Arturo Uzdavinis
C1Nick Martin
2Tony Bergstrom
3Greg Mancz
4Dalton Freeman
RG1Jeff Allen
2Oday Aboushi
3Karim Barton
RT1Derek Newton
2Jeff Adams
3Kendall Lamm
K1Nick Novak
2Ka'imi Fairbairn