There are plenty of running backs that would have counted a season that saw them run for 1,424 yards and score an NFL-best 17 touchdowns as a smashing success.
Texans running back Arian Foster is not one of those running backs. Foster told Patti Smith of FOX Sports Southwest that he was not pleased with how last season played out and has decided to spend the offseason training in Houston without any other distractions as a result. No travel, no Twitter and nothing that isn’t about putting forth a better effort in the 2013 season.
“I’ve just been relaxing and working really hard. I think this has probably (been) one of my most intense training offseasons I’ve had since I’ve been in the NFL. I just want to bounce back. I didn’t feel like I had the best season last year,” Foster said, via the team’s website. “I set a lot of personal goals, a lot of things that I do. I just didn’t feel like I was at my best, and it’s gonna change this year.”
Foster dipped to 4.1 yards per carry last season, below his career average of 4.7 yards per carry, and he made fewer big plays as a receiver, but the season wasn’t otherwise out of line with his established performance levels. While Foster has been working hard to get himself back to where he wants to be, the Texans added wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and tackle Brennan Williams in the draft.
Foster would benefit if Hopkins can brighten up the passing game and Williams solidifies a right tackle spot that was problematic last season, so bouncing back won’t all be about his efforts. They can’t hurt, though, and the Texans have to be pleased that Foster’s not content to rest on his laurels heading into next season.