Houston Texans: D’Onta Foreman brings ‘toughness’ to offense

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The Houston Texans gained a welcomed addition to their active roster this week with the activation of D’Onta Foreman for the first time this season.

There is never a thing as too much offense, and for the Houston Texans they gained another important piece to the puzzle this week with second-year running back D’Onta Foreman being added to the active roster for the first time this season.

Foreman — a third round draft pick in 2017 — returns to the active roster after not playing a single snap thus far in 2018. Foreman has been recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in November 2017. The addition of Foreman to the offense is huge for the Texans and that hasn’t been lost on his coaches or teammates.

Currently, the Texans are third in the NFL in rushing yards per game, averaging 140.8 yards per game on the ground, with most of those yards coming from running backs Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue. Adding a player like Foreman will only help the cause as he brings a lot to the roster.

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One of the attributes Foreman brings to the offense is “toughness.” The word toughness was spoken by one of his teammates, as star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins spoke highly of the running back Foreman this week when asked about him.

Hopkins said in transcripts posted at HoustonTexans.com the following on Foreman:

"“Toughness. He’s a big back. He can go get one yard, two yards, but we haven’t seen him play in a while. That’s my boy. I’m hard on him, but it’s what you can do, not what you did in the past.”"

In his rookie season of 2017 that lasted 10 games, Foreman rushed for 327 yards on 78 carries with two touchdowns. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry, and his longest rush was 39 yards against the Cleveland Browns. Foreman also had a 34-yard run in a game against the Arizona Cardinals last season.

Even though the Texans have a nine-game winning streak going into this Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, knowing that they have even more power on their side with the addition of Foreman to the active roster is exciting to say the least.

The AFC South leading Texans have a great opportunity in front of them with the return of Foreman for the final stretch of the season, along with a possible playoff run. The Texans have been playing smart football as of late, and to add a powerhouse like Foreman to the rotation of running backs will not only make everyone a little more rested for January football, but it give the rushing game yet another element to work with.

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The Texans offense became stronger with Foreman’s return, and being 9-3 entering Week 14, that might draw the attention from the rest of the AFC to keep an even closer eye on the Texans for the remainder of the regular season and beyond.