On Monday, the Houston Texans cut rookie running back Cierre Wood. Many Cowboys fans will remember him as the back that torched the Cowboys for 146 total yards during the final game of the preseason this year. Click here to see a highlight of his 41-yard run against Dallas. Wood was released yesterday, along with two other Texan rookies, for violating team rules when they were allegedly caught smoking marijuana.
An undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame, Wood impressed the Texans’ coaches in the offseason. He had two stellar preseason performances including the head-turning one against the Cowboys. His play earned him the third running back position on the Texans’ talented depth chart, that includes Arian Foster and Ben Tate. With the latter being a free agent next season, Wood was expected to become Foster’s primary back-up in 2014. That is no longer the case.
Wood, along with rookie linebackers Sam Montgomery and Willie Jefferson, now find themselves unemployed. And for Wood, it’s even worse than that. This past Sunday, both Foster and Tate suffered injuries in their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. If Wood had been able to play, he might had a chance to showcase his skills in-front of a national audience. Instead, Wood was forced to sit out due to violating the team rules.
Now the questions is: Will any of these rookies get a second opportunity elsewhere? Montgomery was a third round pick out of LSU, so you’d have to believe he’d get some offers. Chances are much slimmer for undrafted rookies like Wood and Jefferson.
I’d like to see the Cowboys bring Wood in for a work-out anyway. He was the most impressive player on the field in our preseason match-up against the Texans. And I do realize his “big” game was against a bunch of second and third teamers, a majority of which were promptly cut afterwards. Still, Dallas is allegedly exploring options to find a replacement for starting running back DeMarco Murray. I’m not saying Wood is that replacement. I’m just saying he’s at least worth a look.