Chiefs Trade RB Carlos Hyde to Texans

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 10: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs hands the football off to Carlos Hyde #34 for a touchdown run against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals v Kansas City Chiefs | David Eulitt/Getty Images

The Houston Texans made at least one understandable move on Saturday.

Though Bill O'Brien and the Texans swung and missed in their trade of Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks, they made a solid move to shore up their running back depth by acquiring Carlos Hyde from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for offensive lineman Martinas Rankins.

In the wake of Lamar Miller's torn ACL, the Texans desperately needed to find more depth at running back, and they did just that by acquiring Hyde. The only drawback is that it cost them at offensive tackle, another position of weakness. Rankins appeared in all 16 games for the Texans last year, starting four times. Their depth on the line will surely be tested this year.

Though Hyde has struggled in recent years, he's an established back who's proven he can play at an elite level. While with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry and finished the season with 1,151 yards from scrimmage.

While it would be unreasonable to expect him to play all the way up to Miller's level in his absence, especially considering he'll be playing alongside Duke Johnson, he and Johnson will at least give the Texans a strong enough ground game to open up the passing attack.

It might not have been a banner day for the Texans, but at least they managed to shore up their depth at one of their biggest holes heading into the season.