D’Onta Foreman spent most of last year recovering from an Achilles tear. The Houston Texans running back played in only 1 game, catching a TD pass but taking seven carries for minus-1 yard.
Heading toward coaching camp, the Texans are visiting a Foreman that’s ready to contribute in 2019.
“He is light-years ahead of where he was last year right now, coming off the accident and that which,” Texans running backs coach Danny Barrett said , via the Houston Chronicle. “I still think he’s continuing to work hard. I think he’s had a good offseason to date. The time away from here, I thought was well spent for himself. Getting ready to go , and that I think mentally, right now, is exactly what I look at is each and every day.
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“Being consistent mentally as much as being locked in to what we are trying to do and improve on the small things and trying to contact that form in which we saw before me coming into here, which was the 2017 year, his first year.”
As a rookie in 2017, Foreman showed promise as a complement to Lamar Miller, with a nose for distance, rate in the open, and power to bully through arm tackles. He gathered 78 totes for 327 yards (4.2 YPC) and 2 touchdowns — it had been on the second (a 34-yard scamper) where he blew his Achilles.
The Texans did little to update the RB room in the offseason. Miller jobs as the workhorse, as well as Houston letting backup Alfred Blue stroll into Jacksonville, Foreman is set to take over backup duties. He could become the primary runner in Houston if injury strikes Miller.
Barrett said the Miller-Foreman duo is ideal for Houston since the crime doesn’t need to change depending on which back is on the field.
“As a coach, it’s obviously good because you don’t need to change up everything you’re doing,” he noted. “You’ve got an experienced back and you have a young back. They could feed off of each other. I just believe D’Onta — again, being the back, with a year off has sort of helped his own body but also given him a desire to get back out there.
“So, I think that they’ll complement each other nicely. We don’t need to change up what we are doing. They both can catch out of the backfield as well.”
If Foreman recaptures the flashes of potential he showed as a rookie — still a big if at this point coming off an Achilles injury — the Texans will have a nice one-two backfield punch for Deshaun Watson to use.
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