In fact, last week Texans running back coach Chick Harris made a video of Barber's nearly fumble-proof running style to show Slaton, who now has lost five fumbles in the past eight games.
Barber's numbers were similar. During 2002 and 2003, Barber lost six fumbles, including three in one game against the Eagles on Dec. 28, 2002. After that, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin taught Barber to hold the ball vertically rather than horizontally, and the next season, Barber had only two fumbles.
Now the Texans are hoping Slaton can do the same and improve the fumbles that have cost the Texans the football and Slaton his starting job. If Harris succeeds with Slaton, maybe he can be as productive as Barber was at the tail end of his NFL career, when he turned into one of the league's top running backs.
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