|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 192 lb.|
|College:||San Jose State|
|Born:||October 7, 1993|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 4 (119)|
Ervin signed a reserve/futures contract with the Ravens on Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
Analysis: Ervin spent the last half of the 2018 season on Baltimore's practice squad and he'll now set his sights on an active roster spot in 2019. The young running back appeared in 25 games for Houston over the past three seasons but only had five rushes for 15 yards and 14 catches for 91 yards over that span. He'll have a shot at a depth slot with the Ravens next season.
Ervin and the Ravens have agreed to a practice squad contract.
Analysis: After seeing minor action throughout the season with Houston this season, the team ultimately elected to cut its ties with their 2014 fourth-round selection last week. The Ravens -- who have questionable depth at the position -- didn't waste too much time adding him to the practice squad. Ervin could join the active roster down the road if one of the depth backs underperforms or suffers an injury.
Ervin was waived by the Texans on Wednesday.
Analysis: The 2016 fourth-round pick got some snaps as a slot receiver in October, but he mostly fell out of the game plan on offense after Houston traded for Demaryius Thomas last week. Ervin has five carries for 15 yards and 14 catches for 91 yards in 25 career games, with most of his touches coming in the return game. He never really stood out on special teams, averaging 8.8 yards on 56 punt returns and 21.0 yards on 29 kickoff returns, with nary a touchdown to his name. Ervin is no lock to find work before the end of the season.
Ervin played 10 snaps on offense and did not get a touch or a target in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Ervin had received a bump in playing time the previous two weeks at slot receiver, as Keke Coutee (hamstring) battled injury. With Coutee inactive Sunday, it looked like another opportunity for Ervin, but the Texans tilted heavily to the run -- Houston ran the ball 33 times compared to 24 pass attempts. That game plan meant a lot of two-tight end sets and put a cap on Ervin's appearances on offense.
Ervin is expected to get increased snaps on offense after the Texans declared Keke Coutee (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: When healthy, Coutee serves as the starting slot receiver, but he didn't even make the trip to Denver. Ervin, whose primary responsibility is as a kick and punt returner, was a pass-catching threat in college at San Jose State and played some slot last season for Houston. He filled in for an inactive Coutee last week and entered the previous game when Coutee first suffered the injury. Ervin caught one pass in each game while playing a combined 57 snaps. That's not a great snap-to-target ratio but Houston will be working with a new wideout, Demaryius Thomas, which could lead to more targets for Ervin on Sunday.
Ervin will be the likely replacement at slot receiver if Keke Coutee (hamstring) is unable to play or his limited Sunday against the Broncos, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Houston head coach Bill O'Brien was optimistic about Coutee's chances, telling reporters that he thinks the injured receiver has a chance to play and possibly working him out Saturday to see where he's at. Ervin filled in last week for Coutee, playing a season-high 35 snaps and catching his lone target. The addition of former Bronco Demaryius Thomas is also a factor in how much playing time Ervin sees Sunday.
Ervin is expected to serve as the Texans' primary option at slot receiver Thursday against the Dolphins with Keke Coutee (hamstring) not expected to play, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: After Keke Coutee aggravated a preseason hamstring injury in Sunday's 20-7 win over the Jaguars, it was Ervin rather than depth wideouts Sammie Coates and Vyncint Smith who entered the game as the rookie's main replacement. Though most of Ervin's value to the Texans comes in the return game and as a reserve back, he has receiver experience from his time at San Jose State and looked comfortable while working out of the slot against Jacksonville, reeling in his lone target for a 19-yard reception. It's unlikely that he'll see much volume in Week 8 with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller still on hand to gobble up targets, but Ervin's speed and shiftiness should at least keep the Miami defense honest.
Ervin averages 10.0 yards per punt return (10th in NFL) and 28.1 yards per kickoff return (fifth) after three games.
Analysis: Ervin is making an impact on special teams after missing 12 games in 2017 with a torn patellar tendon, but the third-year running back hasn't played on offense the last two weeks. The Texans may want to consider integrating him offensively after the running game was shut down last week by the Giants. His ideal role is that of a change-of-pace back who can be effective in space after catching a pass.
Ervin averaged 31.2 yards on five kickoff returns, 10.0 yards on punt returns and caught his lone target for 12 yards in Week 1's 27-20 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski purposely made his kickoffs returnable and Ervin obliged, setting up the Texans with an average field position at their own 31-yard line. Houston's return game has not been very special over the last few years, but Ervin provided some hope in the season opener.
Ervin is listed as the starting returner for kickoffs and punts in Week 1 against the Patriots.
Analysis: Ervin was challenged during the preseason for both jobs, mostly by the departed Troymaine Pope, but will reprise the role he held at the start of 2017. He lasted just four games in that role before tearing a patellar tendon and was shut down for the season. On offense, Ervin is the third running back behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.
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