Foster's productivity positive for struggling Texans

Posted Nov. 25, 2010 @ 2:03 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The biggest positive in what has been a disappointing Texans season to date has been the sustained success of RB Arian Foster, who is on pace for more than 1,600 yards rushing and has become a significant factor in the passing game, too. Not to be overlooked in Foster's success is the blocking of the offensive line, the way we hear it. Overall, the line has performed better than it did a season ago, with holdover C Chris Myers and ORT Eric Winston impressing, we're told. Also, OLG Wade Smith, in his first season with the club, has made a positive contribution. Foster has enough long speed to outrun the secondary if he hits a crease at full speed, and he has enough power to make his own luck, too. "The Jets are a very good tackling defense and you saw what he did to them," Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said of Foster, who racked up a combined 143 yards vs. New York in Week 11. Fisher also called Foster an "elite" back. Such has been Foster's overall and continued improvement that there are few opportunities for backups Derrick Ward and Steve Slaton, talented players in their own right.