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Arian Foster expects to catch more passes in new offense

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The Texans have a new coaching staff and, in turn, a new offense.  Their old (figuratively, but literally in running back years) tailback approves.

So far I really love it,” Arian Foster said, via Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston.  “It’s very versatile.  Coach O’Brien has expressed many times how he wants to use me a lot out of the backfield.  That’s one of my strengths as a running back.  So I’m excited about it.”

Foster, who had back surgery last season, participated in a voluntary minicamp and will attend OTAs, which start next week.

“They have a lot of zone schemes, runs, every offense does,” Foster said.  “The way they want to use me out of the backfield as far as different alignments and matchups they want to have against linebackers and things like that.”

It all sounds good, but the biggest issue looming with Foster is his health.  After averaging 318 rushing attempts per year from 2010 through 2012, he showed signs of breaking down in 2013 before the back injury shelved him for the season.  With a $5.75 million salary and an $8.25 million cap number for 2014, it’s hard not to wonder how much longer he’ll be part of the team, especially since coach Bill O’Brien learned the NFL game on a Patriots team that doesn’t subscribe to the star system at running back.

The other options currently include Andrew Brown and sixth-round rookie Alfred Blue.  The fact that Blue was drafted at all gives him a greater pedigree coming through the door that Foster, who fell out of all seven rounds in 2009.

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6 Responses to “Arian Foster expects to catch more passes in new offense”
  1. tolan04 says: May 22, 2014 7:47 AM

    From Ryan Fitzpatrick? Defenders like catching passes from him too.

  2. dwinsgames says: May 22, 2014 8:16 AM

    Foster, Brown and Blue. Why am I suddenly thirsty for a bottle of Aussie beer?

  3. jaughe71 says: May 22, 2014 9:45 AM

    Sorry Arian, but “you’re my boy Blue!”

  4. dreamshk34 says: May 22, 2014 11:00 AM

    Kudos to you Mr. Foster for staying positive .

  5. surfinbird1 says: May 22, 2014 1:40 PM

    They must have made that trade for Ryan (vapor trail) Mallett.

  6. clintblairjr says: May 23, 2014 10:51 AM

    So excited to see a different offense in Houston! It was about time we caught up with the rest of the league! All that talent on the roster wasted on basic style offense. Kubiak never utilized the versatility of all his players have to say it was a boring offense when Kyle Shanahan left!

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