The Houston Texans have signed fullback Jay Prosch to a three-year contract extension, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Prosch will earn $5.75 million over the course of the deal, $2.7 million of which will be guaranteed.
Fullback is probably the most under-appreciated position on the field nowadays, but the Texans clearly feel that Prosch is crucial to their success. The fourth-year player hasn’t gotten many opportunities with the ball in his hands, but he’s a capable cog in Houston’s run-heavy offense.
In 47 career games, Prosch has recorded just 10 carries for 42 yards. He has also caught two passes for 30 yards. The 25-year-old was originally the Texans’ sixth-round selection out of Auburn in the 2014 draft. The Alabama native began his career at the University of Illinois, but transferred to Auburn prior to his junior season in order to be closer to his ailing mother.
Prosch was crucial to the success of Lamar Miller last season, who impressed in his first season with the Texans. Miller toted the ball 268 times, sixth-most in the league, and racked up 1,073 yards and five touchdowns.
The Texans ran the ball 456 times last season, which was also the sixth-most in the league. In spite of that, they didn’t have much success when it came to cashing in on red-zone opportunities. Houston had just eight rushing touchdowns as a team last season, which was the second-fewest in the NFL.
The Texans, who are seeking their third straight AFC South title, will begin the regular season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 10.