Tyler Ervin
Ervin with the Houston Texans in 2016
No. 24     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-10-07) October 7, 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth: San Bernardino, California
Career information
College: San Jose State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2016 2018)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team Athlon Sports All-American (2015)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing attempts     5
Rushing yards     15
Receptions     14
Receiving yards     91
Return yards     1,105
Total touchdowns     0
Stats at
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Tyler Anthony Ervin (born October 7, 1993) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at San Jose State.

Early lifeEdit

Born in San Bernardino, Ervin attended Colton High School, where he played high school football.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Tyler Ervin
Colton, CA Colton HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 4.48 Jan 16, 2011 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 71
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

A two-star recruit, Ervin attracted two offers from Idaho and San Jose State. On January 16, 2011, Ervin signed with San Jose State.[2]

Ervin began playing for the San Jose State Spartans as a true freshman in 2011 at running back and return specialist. He became the first player in school history to return a kickoff for a touchdown since 2005, when he returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown on November 12 against Utah State.[1] Ervin had 672 return yards and 107 rushing yards.[3]

File:Tyler Ervin at 2012 Military Bowl.jpg

In the 2012 season, Ervin had 205 rushing and 599 return yards.[1] On September 28, in a 38-34 win over San Diego State, Ervin had a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown.[4] Ervin also caught a 36-yard touchdown reception and returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown on October 20 at UTSA.[5] To cap off an 11–2 season with a year-end #24 ranking in the AP Poll, Ervin had 49 receiving yards and 38 return yards in the Spartans' win over Bowling Green in the 2012 Military Bowl.[6]

Ervin took a medical redshirt year in 2013 after suffering an injury during the season opener against Sacramento State on August 29.[1]

As a redshirt junior in 2014, he had 888 rushing yards, 506 kickoff return yards, and 81 punt return yards.[1] On August 28, Ervin got his first punt return touchdown, a 40-yarder against North Dakota.[1] On September 6, Ervin had a 75-yard touchdown reception against Auburn, tied for the longest passing play against Auburn that year.[1] Ervin also had an 89-yard rushing touchdown in the Spartans' homecoming game win over UNLV on October 4.[1] Sports Illustrated named Ervin to its honorable mention All-America team .[1]

In his redshirt senior season of 2015, Ervin rushed for a single-game school record 300 yards against Fresno State and for 263 yards against New Mexico.[7][8] In the 2015 Cure Bowl, his final collegiate game, Ervin got his longest career punt return touchdown, for 85 yards in the Spartans' 27-16 win over Georgia State.[9] He finished his senior year with 1,601 rushing yards on 294 carries with 13 touchdowns and 45 receptions for 334 yards with two touchdowns.[1] Along with first-team All-Mountain West Conference, Ervin earned multiple national honors, the Athlon Sports All-American second team and his second straight Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-American title.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 192 lb2934 in918 in 4.41 s 1.56 s 2.59 s 39 in 10 ft 10 in 17 reps

Houston TexansEdit

Ervin was selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[10] On May 5, 2016, Ervin signed a four-year, $2.9 million contract with Houston.[11] Ervin has been compared to established all-purpose players in the NFL like Jamaal Charles and Darren Sproles.[12] He finished his rookie season with three receptions for 18 receiving yards to go along with return duties.[13]

On October 4, 2017, Ervin was placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn patellar tendon in Week 4.[14] He finished the 2017 season with eight receptions for 38 receiving yards to go along with four carries for 12 rushing yards.[15]

On November 7, 2018, Ervin was waived by the Texans.[16]

Baltimore RavensEdit

On November 14, 2018, Ervin was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.[17] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Ravens on January 8, 2019.[18] He was waived on August 31, 2019.

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On September 1, 2019, Ervin was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.[19]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 "Tyler Ervin". San Jose State University. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. "Tyler Ervin-Recruiting".
  3. "Tyler Ervin 2011 Game Log" (in en).
  4. Durkin, Jimmy (September 28, 2012). "San Jose State rallies to beat San Diego State 38-34 to improve to 3-1". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  5. "San Jose State vs UTSA". San Jose State University. October 20, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  6. "San Jose State vs Bowling Green". San Jose State University. December 27, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  7. Hacke, Ray (September 26, 2015). "Ervin's school-record 300 yards rushing powers SJSU past Fresno State". San Jose Mercury News.
  8. Hacke, Ray (October 24, 2015). "Ervin powers San Jose State past New Mexico". San Jose Mercury News.
  9. "Cure Bowl - San Jose State vs Georgia State Box Score, December 19, 2015" (in en).
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named NFL_Draft
  11. McClain, John (May 5, 2016). "Texans sign fourth-round pick Tyler Ervin". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  12. Wilson, Aaron, and McClain, John (April 30, 2016). "Texans report: Running back Tyler Ervin prized for versatility". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  13. "Tyler Ervin 2016 Game Log" (in en).
  14. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans sign Marcus Cromartie". October 4, 2017.
  15. "Tyler Ervin 2017 Game Log" (in en).
  16. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans claim WR DeAndre Carter, waive RB Tyler Ervin". November 7, 2018.
  17. "Ravens sign RB/Return specialist Tyler Ervin to practice squad". November 14, 2018.
  18. "Ravens sign 8 players to reserve/futures contracts". Ravens Wire. USA Today. January 8, 2019.
  19. Oehser, John (September 1, 2019). "Roster moves: Jaguars make four waiver claims".

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