Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde told Houston reporters on Wednesday that he thought he was getting pranked when he found out he was getting traded to the Kansas City Chiefs at this year’s roster deadline.
“You know what, it’s getting real personal now,” Hyde said in a light-hearted tone, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “Neither one of them (Andy Reid or Chiefs GM Brett Veach) called me. Somebody I’ve never spoke to called me. It was like, ‘We just traded you to the Texans.”
Hyde added he still doesn’t know who the mysterious person was — and for that reason, he will feel “a little something extra” when the Texans play the Chiefs on Sunday. The Chiefs signed Hyde this offseason only to move him when Darwin Thompson emerged during training camp and LeSean McCoy suddenly became available.
As it turns out, there is a scenario in which the player the Chiefs traded Hyde to get — second-year offensive lineman Martinas Rankin — slides in at left tackle. That would push Cameron Erving — who has been filling in for Eric Fisher — to left guard. It’s also very possible the Chiefs play Stefen Wisniewski with one of the aforementioned linemen.
Regardless, on the other side of the football, the Chiefs will need to deal with Hyde, who spent training camp in St. Joseph with the Chiefs. But that may not necessarily provide the advantage you might think.
“We all know we don’t face a lot of runs in practice because our offense is not built that way,” said defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. “I see a player that really fits the system and what they’re doing down there, and he’s doing a really good job at it.”
Hyde leads the Texans with 73 carries for 310 yards and two touchdowns — and on Sunday, will face a Chiefs team with the third-worst run defense (rushing yards allowed per game) in the league.
“It’s everything,” said Spagnuolo when addressing the problems with the run defense. “I know everybody’s looking for a specific reason. There’s no specific reason, and if there’s 20 plays in there that cause issues, they’re over 4 or 5-yard runs. There may be 20 different reasons, and so you just keep playing, but you all the things you’re talking about — you get off blocks, you make tackles and you get to the football.”
And the Chiefs’ next challenge will be a familiar one — a motivated Hyde.
“Oh yeah, I’m super happy,” Hyde said of being a Texan. “I’m happy to be here. Whoever traded me here, thank you, appreciate it.”