Rookie Foster gets shot to help Houston’s run game
Houston has struggled in the run game all season and starter
Steve Slaton being placed on the injured reserve last week sure
The team ranks 29th in the league in yards rushing a game with
Now the Texans will try turning things around with rookie Arian
Foster. The undrafted free agent spent most of the season on the
practice squad and made his offensive debut last week. He is
expected to play a much bigger role Sunday against St. Louis and
could start, but first he has to improve his work in practice.
“He’s got a long way to go,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “He did
some good things the other day, but he needs to practice better
than he did (Thursday). He’s a … little inconsistent, but he’s
got a lot of talent and he’s getting an opportunity here and he
needs to understand how important this opportunity he is getting
Foster knew Kubiak was unhappy with him on Thursday and is
working to improve.
“I had a couple of mental errors so I have to overcome that,”
Foster had 13 carries for 34 yards and four receptions for 54
yards against the Seahawks in Houston’s first game since Slaton’s
season ended because of a nerve issue in his neck. Foster was in 20
plays in that game, but Kubiak plans to beef up his workload this
“He’s getting an opportunity because of the misfortune of Steve
being out and us searching for some back to step up and take it
upon his shoulders,” Kubiak said. “So we’ll see how he does. He
better protect No. 8 (quarterback Matt Schaub) if he’s going to
Foster, who played in college at Tennessee, knows the importance
of his blocking duties.
“They pay their quarterbacks a lot of money and you don’t want
to be the guy that gets him hurt,” Foster said. “It’s your job so
you’ve got to go out there and get it done.”
The Texans want to take a good look at Foster in these last
three games after Chris Brown and Ryan Moats have failed to get the
running game going while Slaton suffered through fumbling problems
before his injury.
Foster will likely get the majority of the carries on Sunday,
but Kubiak plans to use Brown and Moats as well.
Moats had a big game against the Bills earlier this season when
Slaton was benched for fumbling, but Kubiak was upset after he lost
a fumble against the Seahawks.
Foster is looking forward to getting back on the field after his
first chance last week.
“This is what you work for,” he said. “This is what you dream
for as a little kid, so I’m going to try to go out there and make
things happen. It was good to get that first game out of the way
and the little first game jitters. Hopefully next game I’ll be a
little more comfortable and make a few more plays.”