Will D’Onta Foreman have a big role for the Houston Texans?
As good as Lamar Miller was during his first season with the Houston Texans in 2016, it was obvious that he needed some help in the backfield.
The Texans made sure they upgraded their backfield this offseason after drafting running back D’Onta Foreman in the third round out of the University of Texas.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes that Foreman will likely be the Texans’ short yardage and goal line back during his rookie season.
"“I think Foreman will get the ball if they’re inside the five yard line,” said McClain. “And I also think he’ll get a chance he the short yardage and goal line. Lamar Miller needs to stay healthy. Because if he doesn’t and Foreman plays the way a lot of people think he will, we’re going to have to ask Lamar. Do you know who Wally Pipp was?”"
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Of course when McClain is referring to Pipp, he’s talking about the former New York Yankees player who sat out due to a headache and because of that Lou Gehrig started in his place and the rest is history. Meaning that he lost his job due to an injury and a star was born.
Getting back to Foreman. If Miller for some reason is unable to stay healthy, the rookie could end up having an expanded role.
But for now, having Foreman handle the goal line and short yardage duties would make a lot of sense for the Texans.
Houston needs Miller to stay fresh because of his versatility and explosiveness. Giving Foreman some of his carries will help.