Houston Texans’ starting running back Lamar Miller is happy that they drafted D’Onta Foreman.
It’s very difficult for an NFL team to fill all of their needs in the draft.
While the Texans had many holes they needed to plug up, they were able to finally acquire a player in running back D’Onta Foreman that has the ability to help keep Lamar Miller fresh as the season goes on.
Miller admitted to the Houston Chronicle that he’s very happy to now have Foreman in the fold.
"“It’s good to have him on the team,” Miller said Saturday during the Texans Care Volunteer Day. “I’m looking forward to working with him. I think he’ll help this team out a lot, the power that he brings. I think it’s a good addition.”"
Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien admitted earlier this offseason that Miller carried the ball too much last season. I’m sure Foreman will take some of the load off of Miller.
"“I think he probably carried it a little bit too much early on,” O’Brien said. “We were very, very dependent on him because he’s that type of player. He’s a guy that shows up every day, he’s in excellent condition, plays through pain. Had an ankle, shoulder, ribs – played through all of it, practiced through all of it. He’s what you’re looking for when you talk about a teammate and a guy in your locker room.“I think you know, 30 carries in a couple games, things like that, that’s probably a little bit too much. We feel like we have a pretty diverse group of running backs so I think in order to get him at his best in January, we probably need to cut down on that early in the year.”"
Foreman is a bruising back that can easily handle 8-10 carries a game in order to keep Miller from taking too much of a pounding.
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The fact of the matter is that nowadays in the NFL it’s better to have two running backs share the load than it is to have one “bell cow” that takes all of the carries.
For one, it’s keep both players fresh.
Secondly, it decreases the chances of either player getting injured.
And lastly, if one player does go down with an injury it’s not a big deal because at least there’s still one back that’s not rusty from sitting on the bench.
Miller and Foreman should be a great one-two punch for the next few years.