Bill O’Brien: D’Onta Foreman is three-down back

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 19: D'Onta Foreman
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 19: D'Onta Foreman /

Could D’Onta Foreman become the Houston Texans’ starting running back this season?

Many people believe the Houston Texans need to increase the workload of rookie running back D’Onta Foreman.

Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien was asked about Foreman on Friday and said that he believes he’s a three-down back.

I just wrote this week why I believe Foreman shouldn’t see an increase in his touches. You can read my reasoning here.

As good as Foreman has looked, he hasn’t outplayed current Texans’ starting running back Lamar Miller. They’re both averaging under four yards a per carry, which isn’t good.

Foreman has carried the ball for a total of 21 times for 69 yards and an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Like i just mentioned, his average is not good at all. In comparison, Miller is averaging 3.7 yards per carry.

Even if the Texans benched Miller and had Foreman carry the ball 20 times a game, it wouldn’t make their running game any more affective.

The biggest problem with the Texans’ running game is their offense lineman. They’re not winning the battle up front, which means they’re having a hard time when it comes to opening up running lanes.

The best move for Houston would be to keep giving Foreman 8-10 carries per game. And if he starts to outplay Miller, than you increase his workload as the season goes on.  But for now, I would leave things the way they are.

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