Both Hyde and Rankin were expected to be cutdown casualties, so the swap makes sense for both squads.
In Houston, Hyde will rejoin former Browns teammate Duke Johnson. With the pass-catching Johnson slated to be the starter following the season-ending injury to Lamar Miller, Hyde can be a power-back complement. The veteran, however, has been inefficient the past several seasons, including averaging just over three yards per carry last season with the Browns and Jaguars.
The 29-year-old running back will still have to prove he has juice left in the tank to become a big factor in Houston's thin backfield.