Deji Karim is currently battling against undrafted rookies for the third spot on the running back depth chart for the Houston Texans. According to the team’s official website, it looks like he’s the current leader in the clubhouse.
Karim, entering his fourth season, is competing with undrafted rookies Cierre Wood, Dennis Johnson, and Ray Graham for the role, and he’s rushed for 92 yards on 15 carries through two preseason games. Karim will be the second back in the game behind Ben Tate in Sunday’s regular season dress rehearsal against the [New Orleans] Saints. Karim also has special teams experience.
The 26-year-old spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts and his first two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He didn’t have any running stats last year with the Colts, but did return a kickoff for a touchdown in nine attempts.
Karim has played in 23 games as a running back, totaling 98 attempts for 290 yards. His longest run is 17 yards; he has zero touchdowns and has fumbled once.
While he still has work to do in this upcoming preseason game, Karim’s experience on special teams could give him the edge to make the cut.