Offensive Rookie of Week
In what is a star-studded group of running backs, Slaton is becoming the elite big-play back. His two-touchdown performance against the Colts showed his ability to break a big play and to be a dangerous all-purpose weapon. Slaton’s vision and footwork have stood out in the Texans’ zone-based running scheme. He has shown good patience and trust in his blockers. Slaton’s value as a blocker is starting to show also
Best of the Rest
2. Duane Brown, OT, Texans - Both of Slaton’s touchdown runs were to the left side, where Brown was doing a solid job all day against a weaker Colts defensive line. His one blemish was allowing a sack to Dwight Freeney.
Both Steve Slaton and Duane Brown were recognized by New Era Scouting as top rookies.