Jonathan Wells used his feet all day against the Kansas City Chiefs. He got those tough, punishing yards for nearly four quarters.
But the running back’s soft hands on the game’s final drive made up for all the aches and pains he’ll have in his legs and knees Monday morning.
Wells replaced starting running back Domanick Davis early in the Texans 24-21 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. He then faced some of the more intense action he had seen since he led the team in rushing in 2002.
He stepped up numerous times, but a first-down catch out of the back field on third-and-seven kept the Texans final drive alive – a drive which culminated in Kris Brown’s game-winning field goal.
It was Wells’ only catch of the day and one of only three successful third-down conversions for the Texans (1-2).
“I’m always ready to play,” he said. “I work hard. I’ve just been waiting to get an opportunity. Today (Davis) went down so I felt it’s my duty to step up and play for the other guys on this team.”
Wells was banged up throughout training camp and moved to number two on the depth chart two weeks ago when Tony Hollings injured his knee. He carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards and scored on a two-point conversion against the Chiefs (0-3).
Davis suffered a sprained ankle in the game. The team doesn’t expect it to limit him much in the coming week.
Wells also played heavily on special teams, a role he has embraced as the Texans running attack changed since 2002.
But it was good to run the ball again.