Alfred Blue
Alfred Blue
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Blue didn't generate a whole lot of buzz in free agency, so he returned to the franchise that drafted him in 2014. There have been opportunities for Blue, who was the main backup during the years when Arian Foster was often hurt, but he never made defenses fear him. He flashed some weeks, but disappeared for long stretches. Blue's knowledge of the offense provides some comfort and helped him earn a roster spot at the conclusion of the preseason, but his limited usage behind starter Lamar Miller could come to a screeching halt if second-year back D'Onta Foreman, who will miss at least the first six weeks of 2018 while recovering from a torn Achilles, is activated by mid-season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $880,000 contract with the Texans in April of 2018.
Minimal role in playoff loss
RBHouston Texans
January 6, 2019
Blue had two carries for eight yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts.
ANALYSIS
Blue didn't get a chance to play a larger role after Indianapolis scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions, putting the Texans in desperate comeback mode early. That meant shelving the ground game in favor of a passing attack. Blue, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019, was a valuable backup for the Texans, who played the first 12 games without D'Onta Foreman (Achilles). Foreman did not make an impact upon his return, which is unsurprising given the history of players that suffered similar injuries, so Blue remained the top backup to Lamar Miller for the final weeks of the season. The 28-year-old Blue has substantial history with the organization and could return as a depth option, depending on how Foreman responds next year.
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How do Alfred Blue's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
2.9%
 
Positive Run %
79.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
63.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
1.3%
 
Touches Per Game
10.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
36.9%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.13
 
% Team Air Yards
1.5%
 
% Team Targets
5.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
76.9%
 
Drop Rate
3.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Alfred Blue's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
225 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.15 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
9.88 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Texans have seen Blue for three seasons and 45 games, more than enough time to evaluate him. He'd been given opportunities as the result of injuries to Arian Foster in 2014 and 2015, but he never evolved into an impact back, one that opponents have to scheme against. Lamar Miller was added in 2016 as the lead running back and 2017 third-round draft pick D'Onta Foreman appears to be the change-of-pace back Blue could never be. Blue's experience in the offense will be helpful, but his contributions will be limited.
Blue’s audition as Houston’s main back didn’t go very well in 2015, when he started nine games for the injured Arian Foster. Quite often, the rushing attack was ineffectual as we learned that Blue is not a game-changer. He averaged three yards or fewer per carry in seven of his 15 games. Though he finished the season on a high note, crossing 100 yards in two of the final three games of the regular season then rushing for 99 yards in the playoff loss to the Chiefs, it wasn’t enough to save his job as the lead back. Houston signed Lamar Miller, who will be the primary back while Blue becomes the bigger back that gives defenses a different look.
An unheralded 2014 sixth-round pick out of LSU, Blue emerged as Arian Foster's most reliable backup last season. Now that Foster appears headed for groin surgery, opportunity knocks for Blue in 2015. Blue has nearly identical size and speed to Foster and showed similar vision and patience. The comparison ended, though, when defenders got their hands on him. While Foster is among the league's toughest backs to bring down, Blue was one of the easiest, ranking in the bottom five among running backs in touches per missed tackle. He hit holes effectively, but without Foster's burst or power, Blue wasn't able to do as much with them. Foster's increasing fragility likely will result in more work for Blue, but the Texans might look for an upgrade now that Foster is hurt again.
Although Blue showed promise as a runner in his four seasons at LSU, he ended up only starting seven games in his college career, never carried the ball more than 71 times in a season, and had his junior year cut short by a knee injury. Still, the Texans saw enough to select the well-built rusher in the sixth round of this year's draft, and he'll battle with Jonathan Grimes in training camp for the right to serve as the No. 2 behind to Arian Foster.
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Small role in finale
RBHouston Texans
December 31, 2018
Blue had three carries for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for another 12 yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
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Held to 40 yards in loss
RBHouston Texans
December 23, 2018
Blue rushed four times for 14 yards and caught four of five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
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Expected to start
RBHouston Texans
December 22, 2018
Blue is expected to start after Lamar Miller (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Eagles.
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Possible fill-in starter
RBHouston Texans
December 22, 2018
Blue will start at running back if Lamar Miller (ankle) is unavailable Week 16 against the Eagles, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Logs majority of backfield snaps
RBHouston Texans
December 16, 2018
Blue carried nine times for six yards and played 77 percent of Houston's offensive snaps in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.
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