Houston Texans add former Cardinals running back to the mix

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Houston Texans add former Cardinals running back to the mix
Texans claim Eno Benjamin off waivers. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

The Houston Texans used their top waiver wire claim this week to snatch former Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin.

Benjamin reportedly wasn't happy with his lack of playing time, so the team decided to cut ties with the former 7th round pick out of Arizona State.

Benjamin did a decent job filling in while the Cardinals dealt with some injuries at the running back position, but his playing time dwindled after James Connor returned from injury. Hopefully, Benjamin doesn't voice displeasure with the Texans about his playing time, but watching Rex Burkhead get more snaps than him could create another issue.

The Texans have received a lot of criticism for their head-scratching faith in Burkhead this season. Maybe Benjamin's ability to catch the football will finally give the Texans a RB with some juice to take the pass-catching role away from Burkhead. Fingers crossed!

Benjamin started three games this year and recorded 299 rushing yards, two touchdowns, and 184 receiving yards on 24 catches.

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Can Hunter Brown and Ronel Blanco lead the way? Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a big series win over the Tigers, as they head to Chicago to take on the White Sox Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Houston, even with the series win, they still lost ground to the division leading Mariners.

With the Astros nine games behind Seattle, and seven games behind the Twins in the Wild Card standings, time is running out for the club if they want to make a push before the All Star break and trade deadline.

Basically, the entire season is riding on this next stretch of games. But it won't come easy, even against weaker opponents. Justin Verlander is dealing with neck discomfort, missing his last start over the weekend, and Spencer Arrighetti was rocked by the Tigers on Saturday.

With no starting pitching ready to make the jump from Sugar Land to the big league club, Houston's five starting pitchers have no room for error.

And while the offense has been inconsistent this season, especially with runners on base, they do sport the sixth-best OPS in baseball.

If they're going to get back into this thing, a healthy Kyle Tucker and Verlander will have to be part of the equation. Tucker is still recovering from a bruised shin, and will have to make some rehab starts in the minors before returning.

Verlander, however, may return as soon as this week against the White Sox or Orioles. If JV returns and Blanco and Brown continue dealing, hopefully the club can fight their way back to .500.

But keep in mind, some key players are showing regression. Jake Meyers, Jeremy Pena, and Jon Singleton are not swinging the bats well right now. And Chas McCormick hasn't gotten going all season.

At some point, the club needs to give Joey Loperfido a chance to prove himself in the big leagues.

What do they have to lose?

Be sure to check out the video above as we discuss this critical stretch of games on the horizon for Houston, and much more!

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