D’Onta Foreman making a case to back up Lamar Miller

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: D'Onta Foreman
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: D'Onta Foreman /

D’Onta Foreman already looking impressive for the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans have had some very good starting running backs over the past several years with Arian Foster and now Lamar Miller.

But the Texans haven’t had a good back up since Ben Tate left in 2014.

With rookie D’Onta Foreman in the mix after being selected by Houston in this year’s draft, he’s making a case to beat out Alfred Blue for the second string running back job.

Foreman busted out for 76 yards on nine carries during last week’s opening preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

Of course Foreman did his damage against the Panthers’ back ups, but it’s still a good sign nonetheless.

It sounds like Miller believes Foreman can help him this coming season.

From ESPN.com:

"“I think [having Foreman] will help me out a lot, just keep me fresh throughout the whole season,” Miller said. “Once I get the opportunity, I got to make plays when my number is called.”"

Blue is a solid back, but it would surprise me if Foreman isn’t the guy backing up Miller when the regular season kicks off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Latest on Braxton Miller’s injury.

It turns out that second-year wide receiver Braxton Miller is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

It would be great for Miller to get back on the field and get as many reps as he can, but the Texans need him to rest up and make sure he’s ready for week one.

I wouldn’t expect Miller to play in this week’s game against the New England Patriots, but he could be ready for the Texans’ third preseason game.