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Old 06-02-2012   #1
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Default Derrick Ward gone

Per his latest message on Twitter, he's outta here.

"Its been real Houston Texan Fans thank u for the 2yrs of memories. Although we had a lot of ups &downs we had fun! Good luck this year!"

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Interesting to see what McClain wrote in the Chronicle back in January. I was actually hoping he'd be back. He tended to produce in the clinch.

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Foster’s contract situation will be one of the most interesting parts of the Texans’ offseason.

“Just a strong back (and) a very special player,” offensive tackle Duane Brown said. “Once he puts his foot on the gas, he never lets up if he finds any kind of weakness in a defense.

“He does a great job of trusting us up front, trusting his reads, trusting where the team is going to be. And when he gets to the second level, it’s really hard to tackle him.”
Ward, who was an effective backup in 2010 when he averaged 6.4 yards playing behind Foster, gave way to Tate this season.

Ward signed a one-year contract before the lockout. He ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He’s scheduled to become unrestricted. What he means to the Texans can’t be measured in statistics.

The Texans are hoping Ward is happy with his role as a mentor to Foster and Tate and as one of the leaders in the locker room.
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I really like Ward and think he's better than a lot of options out there you saw on Sundays in 2011.
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I guess since they signed Justin Forsett, they needed some room.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ustin-forsett/
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Per his latest message on Twitter, he's outta here.

"Its been real Houston Texan Fans thank u for the 2yrs of memories. Although we had a lot of ups &downs we had fun! Good luck this year!"

https://twitter.com/DerrickWard32/st...19994179633152
I really don't recall any 'downs' during Ward's two years here. Does anybody know what he's talking about?
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i really don't recall any 'downs' during ward's two years here. Does anybody know what he's talking about?
6-10?
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I really don't recall any 'downs' during Ward's two years here. Does anybody know what he's talking about?
The Texans were 6-10 in Ward's first season with the team (2010). Many of the games were lost in heartbreaking fashion. I'd peg that as a "down".
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Well he won't have to worry about Cushing anymore
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on a serious note, classy tweet by Ward
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The Texans were 6-10 in Ward's first season with the team (2010). Many of the games were lost in heartbreaking fashion. I'd peg that as a "down".
Thanks to both of you. I was thinking more along the lines of his overall play during his two years here. In 2010 he rushed for 6.3 yards a carry, and he didn't lose one fumble during his time here (at least from rotoworlds stats). I wasn't factoring in team success.
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Thanks to both of you. I was thinking more along the lines of his overall play during his two years here. In 2010 he rushed for 6.3 yards a carry, and he didn't lose one fumble during his time here (at least from rotoworlds stats).
I think Ward's most valuable contribution was showing Foster and Tate how to be pros. He didn't whine about touches, he just showed up ready to play when called upon. The type of things that don't show up on the stat sheets.
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I always thought Ward was one of the slowest backs out there, but always, somehow, got the yards needed. He'll be missed, but I'm looking forward to Forsett's arrival in Houston. I think he's a better runner than Ward, but might need to work on his pass blocking a bit.
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Damnit to hell, Ward was a very capable back and an excellent backup to tate and foster. Wish we could have snagged him for vet minimum again. Best of luck D-Ward.
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I always liked Ward, even when he was with the Giants. I'm glad he got to make some memorable plays in a Texans jersey during his career. Good luck man.
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I liked Ward. I felt comfy with him out there (even though he wasn't Arian or Tate) and he was humble enough to play special teams.

I'm going to miss him and wish him all the best except when he plays us.
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Best of luck to him. I hope he goes somewhere where he's competing for a starting job. He deserves it.
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Damn.. really wish he would have stayed on the roster.
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Texans always give players opportunity to catch on early with another team once it becomes clear younger, cheaper players are ready to step-up so it should come to most of you as no big surprise. Still he served the Texans well. Good Luck catching on with another team, maybe back to the Giants.
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1. Foster
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3. Doesnt matter ...
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1. Foster
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1. Foster
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3. Armageddon Starts (about as predictable as injury)

Just run with the two studs and put in whoever behind them to give them some rest, as for injury ... we cross that bridge when we get there
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