It worked out for Houston, who has already acquired Duke Johnson from the Cleveland Browns this off-season. Johnson and Hyde will run the backfield behind quarterback Deshaun Watson for the Texans after Lamar Miller tore his ACL against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago. Hyde spent four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, before splitting time with the Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. He ended up signing with the Chiefs in March, but fell behind Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson on the running back depth chart. In 14 games last season, he totaled 571 yards and five touchdowns on 172 carries.
Continuing on the reshaping of their team, more specifically their offense, the Texans made a deal with the Miami Dolphins to acquire wide receiver Kenny Stills and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. The Texans are sending a package that includes two first-round picks and one second round pick to Miami to complete the deal. The move to acquire Tunsil was talked about in a potential Clowney trade, but the defensive end preferred the Seattle Seahawks as a landing spot.
The acquisition of Tunsil is huge in protecting Watson, who was sacked 62 times last season, which was the most allowed by a playoff team since the 1999 Detroit Lions. He is under contract through this year, with an option for 2020, and he started 44 games over three seasons for the Dolphins. With Tunsil on their line last season, Dolphin quarterbacks were sacked on 10.1% of dropbacks, which was 31st of 32 NFL teams. Meanwhile, Stills joins Deandre Hopkins on the receiving core, as he has 259 catches for 4,138 yards and 32 touchdowns since entering the league in 2013. In that span, he has 16.0 yards per catch, which is the fourth-best mark in that time.