The Houston Texans offense hasn’t been exactly what it was last year through the first five weeks with Deshaun Watson; however, I do believe they’re still missing one piece in order to get that offense clicking consistently: an efficient running game.
Don’t get me wrong, the Texans don’t seem like they have much of an issue getting the ball down the field, but with a solid running game, what better way to create more scoring opportunities? Lamar Miller has had a pretty solid career and his first year with the Texans went pretty well, but I’m not sold on him as their feature back for the immediate future, especially since he constantly deals with nagging injuries.
Last year the Texans drafted D’Onta Foreman, the 6’1″ 235-pound star running back from the University of Texas. Foreman’s college career in three years at Texas was excellent. He finished it off with a senior season for the ages; 202 carries, 2,102 yards (10.2 YPC), and 31 touchdowns.
In Houston, Foreman was the clear No. 2 option behind Miller last year until suffering an Achilles injury that cut his season short. Foreman had 78 carries for 327 yards, and a pair of touchdowns in his 11 game rookie campaign. Foreman wasn’t too involved in the passing game, but he showed flashes of being able to do both.
The Texans recently announced that Foreman was on his way to return Week 7 from the PUP list. With a struggling backfield and a banged up Lamar Miller, this is a solid opportunity for Foreman to take advantage and claim the lead role.
While I don’t think Foreman’s going to hop right in there and be handed the starting job, I do believe he’ll exceed Miller as the season goes on and he’s shown he’s 100%. When Foreman does return and they get him going, he’ll be running hard and angry, which will then open up the passing game even more for Watson. This will give the Texans the chance to re-establish that high scoring offense we saw from Weeks 3 through 8 last year.
Keep an eye out for D’Onta Foreman this year because I have a feeling he’s gonna be ready to pick up right where he left off, which just so happens to be the end zone.