RB Arian Foster - Free Agent
|6-0, 226||Born: 9-24-1986||College: Tennessee||Drafted: ---|
2016 Week 1 vs SEA (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Foster did not set the world on fire, but is veteran presence was evident as he showed little frustration despite the tough going against the Seahawks D. After a few carries with nowhere to go, the field finally opened up for Foster on a screen pass and he expertly shed a couple of tackles down the sideline for a fifty yard gain. He took another screen pass late in the game, down to the 2 yard line (and then lost out on the short yardage play to Tannehill's draw play). Overall, Foster had his ups and downs while making good reads throughout. Late in the game, he seemed strong and was helping to move the chains moreso than in the early going.
2016 Week 2 vs NE (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Foster came up limp with a hamstring injury after only his third carry in the game. While the injury is not considered serious, it does highlight the risk the Dolphins took when acquiring a veteran with an injury riddled past.
2016 Week 6 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Foster made his return from a hamstring injury on Sunday, but he was not a factor due to the emergence of Jay Ajayi. Foster did not get many opportunities, rushing only three times for three yards, while catching two passes for 12 yards. He looked like a player who was still trying to shake the rust off after missing four consecutive weeks of play, and it will be very interesting to see how Miami divides touches between their backfield moving forward.
2016 Week 7 vs BUF (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Foster's workload before his September injury has yet to return and Jay Ajayi seized the lead job for the second straight week with more than 200 rushing yards. Foster was relegated to a change-of-pace role and third-down option. The different in between the now 30 years old Foster and Jay Ajayi was overt in this game. Without an injury to Ajayi it is difficult to project Foster's role rising beyond 5-to-10 touches in a given week going forward.
2015 Week 4 vs ATL (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Foster returned after a long wait from his groin injury. His only positive on the day came on a 15-yard pass on a broken play on the opening play of the game. Foster had little success on running the football with a long run of five-yards. Foster was hit in the back field often on his 8 carries for the game but the Texans day was made worse after Foster fumbled the ball when his offensive lineman in inadvertently poked it out of his hands trying to get a block. That fumble was returned for a touchdown which added fuel to a Texans offensive fire. This was not the start the Texans were looking for Foster and the offense.
2015 Week 5 vs IND (19 / 41 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 77 / 0 rec)
Still working to get back to football shape, Foster took a full load on Thursday. With 19 carries on the evening, Foster is still working his way to gain that explosion again running the ball. His long run was only seven yards but he has the feel for offense and where he needs to be. Foster did majority of his work in the passing game and had nine receptions and his best reception on the night came on a ball to the flats he caught and then turned it into a 32 yard gain by making one defender miss in open space then stiff armed a linebacker to get the rest of his yards. Foster was knocked out of the game after taking a big hit by D'Qwell Jackson in the head. He missed some plays to end the second half but came back out with no ill-effects from the hit. The offense continues to depend on Foster and they will continues to as long as he is on the field.
2015 Week 6 vs JAX (18 / 53 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)
It was a collective positive day for Arian Foster who had 112 all-purpose yards from scrimmage. The Texans got him rolling early on the ground and he capped off a 99-yard drive with a 14 yard touchdown reception coming out of the backfield. Foster's longest run came on a 16 yard scamper but the Jaguars defense started clamping down on the running game. Foster did fumble trying to do too much after the Jaguars front made a strong push in the backfield. He did look more comfortable with the ball in his hands and getting in and out of cuts with his acceleration. Still not 100%, Foster ripped off a 16 yard run early and gave flashbacks on what he can do. What should not be over looked is how much Foster is being used in the passing game and he is doing making the most of his opportunities. He is still considered one of the top options of the offense and hit total combined touches of 23 make that clear.
2015 Week 7 vs MIA (18 / 59 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 66 / 1 rec)
This is probably the toughest thing for the Texans to accept, is that their season will be without Arian Foster. Reports coming out is that he ruptured his Achilles late in the 4th quarter on a pass route taking one-step and falling to the ground. Foster was the only active player for the offense and he had a total of 155 all-purpose yards not the day. Add in a 2-yard touchdown run and 7-yard touchdown reception, Foster had 24 total touches on the day. It is tough to accept but Foster's season is done and it will be running back by committee once again.
2014 Week 1 vs WAS (27 / 103 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Foster looked like the All Pro running back of old, and was the offensive MVP on Sunday. Even though Foster averaged only 3.8 yards per carry, that doesn't tell the story of how hard he ran against a Washington defense that obviously stacked the box in an effort to concentrate on Foster. In fact, given how often the Redskins either stonewalled the Texans offensive line at the line of scrimmage or got penetration into the backfield, it was impressive that Foster racked up as many yards as he did. Foster showed the great balance, vision, patience and burst that made him the top fantasy runner for several years under Gary Kubiak. While Bill O'Brien called several outside and inside zone runs, which Foster ran predominantly under the old Texans scheme, Foster also ran power and counter plays against Washington with proficiency. Foster also showed his versatility as a receiver catching a drive extending screen and an additional check down. Foster likely received so much work, 29 touches in total, because both Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue aren't trusted yet by the coaching staff, especially on passing downs. Grimes and Blue only had a carry apiece. The one negative to Foster's game was a crucial fumble lost inside the Washington 10 yard line at the end of a great drive in the fourth quarter. The coaching staff showed commitment to Foster, however, by giving him the very first carry on the next drive. Foster looked like he has fully recovered from injuries that limited him in 2013 and in the preseason, but it seems unlikely that will remain the case if his workload maintains this pace.
2014 Week 2 vs OAK (28 / 138 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Foster put in another MVP caliber day. Foster is obviously back to where he was athletically before his injury riddled season last year, but that's not all that makes him so special. Again and again on Sunday he showed his patience and understanding of where holes might develop. Very rarely does Foster run for no gain, and if he does it's usually because of penetration all over the line. That's not happening a lot though, as this line seems to be in the process of gelling. Sunday the offensive line dominated the Raiders, but Oakland's defense also gave up over 200 yards rushing in Week One, so the proficiency of Texans' line needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The biggest concern at this point has to be the incredible workload of Foster already. In two games, Foster already has 55 carries and 4 receptions, which puts him on pace for over 450 touches in the season. This pace is untenable for any running back, but especially one with a history of over usage. Bill O'Brien told the media last week he would effort to get backup Alfred Blue involved earlier, which he did. Blue received a few carries on the second offensive series, but was taken out on third downs for Foster as Blue is obviously not trusted in pass protection yet. If Foster keeps getting this type of workload though, Blue should be owned as a Foster injury would seem imminent.
2014 Week 4 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)
Foster admitted after the game that he was not 100% healthy, and it showed. Bill O'Brien seemed to concede that the Texans could not effectively run the ball on the Bills, as shown by the 16 non-quarterback run attempts in the game. Foster did most of his damage as a receiver, catching 7 of his 10 targets at an average of 7.9 yards per reception. Additionally, 4 of those receptions were for first downs. The offensive line did not block well for Foster or backup Alfred Blue, but Foster showed good agility in the open field to make at least one defender miss. While Foster did not look completely healthy, he did not seem to suffer any setbacks. His adeptness as a receiver shows that he should return to the RB1 level against a meager Cowboys run defense next week.
2014 Week 5 vs DAL (23 / 157 / 2 rush, 5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Foster started slow on Sunday, but eventually woke up and had a monster day. Foster had several long runs which contributed to his 6.8 yards per carry. On runs which Foster managed to break through the line of scrimmage, he often wasn't tackled until he was deep in Dallas' secondary. Foster showed little ill effects of the lingering hamstring injury that kept him sidelined two weeks ago and admittedly hampered him last week. Foster made an incredible open field cut to juke a Cowboys defensive back on his way to scoring his first touchdown. Foster looks completely healthy after his injury concerns showing good burst and his long stride which he is known for, but his 23 carries today make 86 for the year. That puts him on pace for 323 carries for the year even with the one game missed already, and it makes one wonder how long until Foster is forced from game action yet again.
2014 Week 6 vs IND (20 / 109 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Foster had yet another stalwart week, exposing the Colts run defense for 5.4 yards per carry. Foster exhibited his trademarked patience and burst moving the offense on three scoring drives, two of which he was the ultimate recipient of. Foster converted 3 of his 4 targets for 32 yards, making him even better in PPR formats. Well over half the offense was run through Foster, which is the way it should be given the talent or lack thereof around him. Foster did add 23 touches to his season tally, bringing up his total to 122 touches through just 5 games played. Alfred Blue received little work in the game, carrying the ball only three times and receiving no passing targets, but he did the most with the work he did get averaging over 7 yards per carry. Blue is not nearly as good as Foster, but is a must own considering Foster's workload thus far and his injury history.
2014 Week 7 vs PIT (20 / 102 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 13 / 1 rec)
Foster is wasting one of the few years left of his prime getting pounded into the ground much to the chagrin of Texans fans but to the delight of his fantasy owners. Foster's owners, however, were not delighted to see Foster drive the ball down the field for the only Texans first half touchdown drive only to see backup Alfred Blue get the score, although he did get a garbage time touchdown catch late in the game to make up for it. Foster ran out of gas in the first half after he had 14 touches in those two quarters alone, and it was visible in his demeanor and body language. Foster ran well as he has all season, but he was partially responsible for the 24 point in three minute onslaught to end the first half when he fumbled deep in Steelers territory. Foster will continue to be the focal point of the Texans offense, but with 170 touches on the season, he is now on pace for 453 touches on the year. Foster has not been the model of durability the last couple of years, and with the workload he is receiving it is only a matter of time before another nagging injury makes Arian miss time.
2014 Week 8 vs TEN (20 / 151 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 22 / 1 rec)
Foster continues to waste virtuoso performances on an at best 8-8 season for the Texans. Foster seems to enjoy torching the Titans more than other teams as shown by his track record for scoring an abundance of touchdowns against them as well as particularly personal celebrations rubbing those scores in the local fans' faces. Foster not only broke several long runs which left him with a ridiculous 7.6 YPC, but he added another 12 PPR points as a receiver. Every player wants to score touchdowns, but Foster has an impressive talent at capitalizing on long runs when other players would probably be forced down or out of bounds just short of the goal line. On Foster's 43 yards scamper for example, he pressed the hole to suck up the defense, and then broke around the edge toward the right sideline. It looked as if Foster would be just short on the end zone but he made one man miss inside the five and then reached out to hit the pylon with the ball. Luckily backup running back Alfred Blue and the defense allowed Foster to be spelled regularly leading to "only" 24 touches which is right at his season average of 24.3 touches per game. Foster will continue to carry fantasy teams as long as he has this type of workload, which will not stop unless he gets hurt.
2014 Week 9 vs PHI (15 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 63 / 1 rec)
Foster could not get traction in the run game as the Eagles focused on stopping that aspect, but he still managed to keep the Texans competitive well into the game almost single handedly. Foster burned OLB Connor Barwin on a wheel route and burst down the sidelines to the end zone. Foster suffered a non-contact injury midway through the second half, and as of Sunday Night the only word on Foster was that he suffered a groin injury. As soon as Foster planted he fell over and it was obvious he was hurt immediately. The NRG turf system has caused numerous serious lower body tissue injuries over the years though, so Foster owners should hold their breath until official word comes out this week.
2014 Week 13 vs TEN (19 / 79 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 26 / 1 rec)
Foster, who usually kills the Titans, had an ok day for fantasy purposes. Tennessee obviously set out defensively to slow down the former All Pro RB, which is why Fitzpatrick and Hopkins ran roughshod all day. The important thing is that Foster looked healthy after his two game absence. Additionally, the coaching staff made a concerted effort to spell Foster often with backup Alfred Blue. Speaking of Blue, it is painfully obvious how much better Foster is than the rookie. Not only is Foster a better receiver out of the backfield, as he exhibited on his out-breaking route for a TD reception, but he is simply a better runner in all facets than Blue. Blue will become more patient over time, but he will never have Foster's vision and burst. Fantasy owners can rest assured that as long as Foster is healthy, he will be the bell cow of this offense down the stretch.
2014 Week 14 vs JAX (24 / 127 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Foster has quietly had a sure fire Pro Bowl season, despite missing a few games. Foster added 148 all purpose yards to total 1,304 on the season. Of the 10 games Foster has played, he's had only one in which he did not gain 100 all purpose yards. Foster showed again Sunday why he is able to put up that kind of production without many noticing. His gliding running style isn't flashy, but he shakes contact amazingly well. Foster showed this on his 51 yard run using his deceptive long speed. His vision also helped him find that no Jaguars defenders kept backside contain on a fourth and one running play that Jacksonville initially stuffed. Foster remained patient and eventually changed course to walk into the end zone. Foster seems healthy and the Texans stretch run to try and get into the postseason happens to coincide with fantasy playoffs. O'Brien will call Foster's number early and often over the next couple of weeks.
2014 Week 15 vs IND (26 / 99 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
The Colts obviously set out to take away Foster and make the Texans beat them through the air, and Foster was still able to gain 117 all purpose yards. Foster ran into many stacked boxes for no or little gain, but was able to wear the Indianapolis front down over time and slip out for longer runs. On one run where Foster got to the edge he absolutely embarrassed corner back Greg Toller with a left handed stiff arm that sent the defensive back skidding backwards. Foster ran for a touchdown on a sweep toss play on fourth and 1 in the fourth quarter, but it was called back on a holding call by Devier Posey. Going forward with what will be either the Texans third or possibly fourth string quarterback, Foster will be the only option worth trusting for fantasy purposes.
2014 Week 16 vs BAL (25 / 96 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Considering the Ravens game plan was predicated on stopping Foster, he had an amazing game. Foster took several direct snaps in what some refer to as the wild cat, as Bill O'Brien was pulling out all the stops in effort to move the ball effectively. Foster didn't average 4 YPC Sunday, and needed a 34 yard run to even get close, but those focusing on that are missing the point. Foster was the emotional focal point of the Texans who responded to borderline dirty play by the Ravens by pointing out the scoreboard right before the end of the first half. Foster executed an exceedingly beautiful halfback pass for the only touchdown the Texans scored by disguising it perfectly then throwing the ball at the last second to a wide open CJ Fiedorwicz. On a stretch run when he made Terrell Suggs freeze for a second then burst through a hole for 34 yards which put the nail in the coffin for the Ravens. Foster had a lot of tread put on his tires this season, but there's nothing from his play right now that suggests he will fall off drastically next season.
2014 Week 17 vs JAX (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Foster had a promising start to the game, helping the Texans move the ball at will on the first drive which he capped with a 10 yard screen that he took to the end zone. After that drive, the Texans announced Foster was questionable to return with a hamstring injury. The play design of Foster's touchdown was indicative of not only O'Brien's prowess as a play caller, but also his affinity for Foster. Foster was lined up behind three wide receivers split left in a diamond formation, and after Keenum swung the ball out to Foster the smooth running back took care of the rest. Foster will be back next season in Houston, and as long as he is healthy will have a very similar role to the one he had this season. With any production what so ever next year, Foster will be the rare second contract running back that repaid his team with value.
2013 Week 1 vs SD (18 / 57 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 33 / 0 rec)
Foster had the first carries for the Texans, but he was limited to minimal gains with those runs. Ben Tate gave some life to the offense with two good runs, before Foster brought the team to the goalline with a nine yard gain. Foster wouldn't get the touchdown however, as the Texans used play action to find Owen Daniels. Tate and Foster were splitting carries evenly in the first half, but Foster was in on the touchdown pass to Daniels and on a failed fourth down attempt in the second quarter. After falling behind by another touchdown to start the second half, the Texans fed Foster to get their offense back on track. Foster brought them to midfield before an intentional grounding penalty put the team in passing mode. The Texans scored after passing their way to the endzone. Foster dropped a pivotal third down pass on the Texans' next drive, but a penalty on the field goal attempt extended the drive. Foster stayed in the game much more than Tate in the fourth quarter as the Texans trusted him to help close out the game.
2013 Week 2 vs TEN (19 / 79 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Ben Tate made the first big impression with a 60 yard run on the Texans' first drive. However, Foster immediately came in and worked in the redzone. Foster obviously still isn't at his best, but he showed off those devastating cuts on a number of occasions and the coaching staff were much more committed to giving him the ball throughout the game than they were Tate. It's likely Foster's flexibility that is keeping him ahead of Tate on the pecking order. He only had one reception, but his ability to make plays in space and in tight was evidenced at different times during he game. Crucially, he powered his way into the endzone on a goalline run late in the fourth quarter when the Texans needed him most.
2013 Week 3 vs BAL (12 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Ben Tate continues to feature in the Texans' offense, but it's clear that Arian Foster is the primary option. Foster again played more than Tate, but this week he looked closer to 100 percent than he has all season long. Much like the previous games, the Texans fell behind in this game so were forced out of their rushing approach. Foster did well with the touches he did receive.
2013 Week 4 vs SEA (27 / 102 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 69 / 1 rec)
It was a tough day for Foster. It wasn't tough in the sense that he couldn't produce, but he was forced to earn everything he got from the Seahawks defense. Foster was repeatedly stopped for short gains, but he also used his vision to extend runs. Foster was the focal point of the running game, taking the bulk of the carries from Ben Tate, but his touchdown in the first quarter came on a passing play when Schaub found him coming out of the backfield at the goal line. Foster had a few receptions when he was able to make impressive plays down the field. Foster was clearly the feature back ahead of Tate, but when Tate fumbled, he wasn't even taken out every so often like he had been before then.
2013 Week 5 vs SF (21 / 98 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Foster didn't get the first carry of the game, but he was heavily involved early on. The Texans relied on Foster somewhat as Schaub capitulated. Foster ran very well showing excellent vision and decision-making as he continued to move downfield. Foster was also consistently finishing runs strong to gain crucial forward momentum in short yardage situations.
2013 Week 6 vs STL (20 / 141 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)
Foster was phenomenal. He carried the ball as much as a feature back and broke off big run after big run. The Rams kept him out of the end zone, but that's all they did as their il-discipline was exposed by Foster's outstanding vision. Foster ran outside and up the middle. He caught a pass out of the backfield before making a defender miss in space. He was clearly the best player in this game, even though he finished on the losing side.
2013 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Arian Foster left the game after the first series with an injury. He didn't get much success on the first drive, with just one run breaking into the secondary for a first down. He didn't return.
2013 Week 9 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Foster started the game and played on the first drive, but didn't have a carry. He dropped one pass over the middle against tight coverage before leaving the game to be replaced by Ben Tate. He was listed as questionable to return with a back injury. Foster didn't return to the game.
2012 Week 1 vs MIA (26 / 79 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
Despite leaving practice early earlier in the week, Foster started the game for the Texans and looked every bit like one of the league's best running backs. He was patient in looking for holes in the Texans zone-blocking scheme and was quick to hit the hole once it appeared. His best run came on a 14 yard rush for a touchdown in the second quarter. On the play, Foster took the ball off-tackle to the right and knifed through the Miami front seven before the defense even realized what was happening. He half-way dove in to the end zone for his first touchdown of the day. His second score came on a rush to the left side of the line where he met two defenders at the goalline and muscled his way in for what would be the deciding score. Foster showed excellent balance in getting through the hole and was able to get to top-speed quickly on almost all of his runs. The Dolphins did an excellent job of not letting Foster get loose in the open field but it never seemed as if the Texans running game was struggling. The Texans best rushes came on off-tackle runs where the line was able to get a good lateral push that put the Miami front seven off balance. Disappointingly, however, Foster only had one reception on the day as Matt Schaub had very little reason to look to his outlet receiver on most passing downs.
2012 Week 2 vs JAX (28 / 110 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)
Foster started slowly but quickly found his stride after punching in the Texans first touchdown on the team's third offensive series. He finished the day with 34 touches for 147 total yards. Foster is most dangerous when he gets the ball outside the tackle boxes, either on short passes or on sweeps. Foster is extremely patient in letting holes develop in front of him. He continues to get to top speed quickly and reminds many of Larry Johnson once he begins running downhill. Foster's best run came on an 18 yard carry that showed him break through two defenders and keep his legs churning for a long downfield gain. Foster also had nine targets in the passing game, mostly as an outlet receiver or on designed screens. Foster's touchdown came only after Ben Tate had not been able to punch the ball in from the one yard line. By the time the second half started, the Jaguars front seven was beginning to get worn out from the constant barrage of rushes by Tate and Foster.
2012 Week 3 vs DEN (25 / 105 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
Lacking any spectacular plays from Houston rushing attack, it cannot be overstated how beautiful it is to watch Foster run in the Texans' zone blocking scheme. Never rushed, Foster appears to float while he picks his hole before he explodes through it. Foster's longest run went for 22 yards, but Denver held Foster to only 4.2 yards per carry. However, it was evident in the passing game how big of an impact he was having on the game despite the "pedestrian" (relatively speaking) numbers. Play action to Foster allowed for deep routes to develop down field, slowing a Denver pass rush to a screeching halt and led directly to two long TD passes to Walter and Johnson. Foster didn't have any rushing TDs on the game, but that appeared to be more a product of the big plays in the passing game than Foster. Only receiving one carry inside the Broncos' five-yard line, Foster took the very next play in to the end zone on a perfectly executed swing pass. TE Garrett Graham picked the outside LB and Foster was able to fairly easily win the race to the pylon. For those worried about Ben Tate stealing drives after his big day in week 2, Foster received the majority of the carries and was clearly the lead RB on Sunday. Tate started his fair share of drives (three), but was spelled by Foster in all three drives (with the lone exception being Tate's fumbled drive).
2012 Week 4 vs TEN (24 / 86 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Foster had a productive day out of the backfield as the Texans tried to establish a power running game early on. As the game wore on Foster was given more tosses and sweeps to the outside where the Texans' line was creating holes in the worn out Tennessee defense. Foster was not able to generate many big plays on account of the Titans keeping 8 and sometimes 9 players in the box on most rushing downs. Foster did show excellent acceleration to the outside on his exterior runs and did manage to cut up-field quickly. On the series where he scored a four yard touchdown, Foster was given the ball on 6 of 8 offensive plays as the Texans ran through all points of the line on their way to a two touchdown lead. His best run came on a three yard gain in Titans' territory where it looked as if he might be stopped for a short loss, only to keep his legs powering and make a short gain on first down.
2012 Week 5 vs NYJ (29 / 152 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Arian Foster is the quintessential three-down running back. Foster demonstrates a rare blend of speed, burst, vision, and elite foot work. All four qualities were on display during his team's fourth drive. On his team's first play of the drive, the Texans called an Isolation play to the left that Foster turned into a 46-yard gain. Foster immediately recognized a cut back lane, attacked the hole with determination, and accelerated past the linebackers. This was Houston's first offensive play following the Jets' offensive touchdown, so Foster quickly took the emotion out of MetLife Stadium. Foster scored his touchdown on his team's fifth drive. As the drive progressed, the Jets opted to run a '46 defense' against Foster. However, this adjustment didn't slow him down. On his scoring play, the Texans ran a sweep to the left. Foster was patient, letting his blocks develop before accelerating to daylight for the 13-yard touchdown. Foster demonstrated his elite footwork by sidestepping Jet defenders. During the second half, Foster was very 'workman like'. He didn't break off any huge runs, but was able to keep the chains moving. The Jets were able to stop Foster twice in short yardage situations, but those results were a product of Houston's play calling and clock management. Foster was great in pass protection and routinely picked up free rushers. Since Ben Tate was inactive, the Texans needed to lean more heavily on Foster and he didn't disappoint.
2012 Week 6 vs GB (17 / 29 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Foster was the victim of the Texans offense electing not to pound the run early. Foster was able to find the end zone easily in the 2nd quarter, after the Texans drew a PI flag inside the Green Bay 5 yard line. Foster found the end zone once more at the end of the 3rd quarter after the Texans' passing attack led him to the 2 yard line. Foster was unable to get anything going, and finished the game with just 29 yards in 17 carries.
2012 Week 7 vs BAL (19 / 98 / 2 rush, 5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Foster worked hard for his 98 yards rushing against the Ravens. Many of his best runs came on carries where instead of waiting for a hole to develop the Texans line won the initial push and Foster barreled full speed to where the hole was supposed to be. His 19 carries included a mix of interior runs and sweeps to the outside that allowed receivers and tight ends to help create holes on the edges for him to race through. Foster scored two short touchdowns on power runs where the Houston offensive line simply overwhelmed the Ravens defense. Foster's best run came on a fourteen yard gain in the redone. On the play, he took the handoff and waited a brief moment for a hole to develop off tackle to the left. Once the hole appeared, Foster darted through it leaving the Ravens' front seven in his wake. He was brought down at the one by safety Ed Reed or else he would have scored. The Texans scored on a pass to Owen Daniels on the next play as the Ravens were poised to stop the run. Foster continues to show excellent balance and acceleration in the Texans' blocking scheme. Despite a reduction in yard-per-carry this season, Foster has not looked slow at all. To the contrary, when the line in front of him is able to open holes he is as explosive as ever. Foster's greatest talent is the ability to go from laterally moving at half speed to running downhill at full speed the moment a hole appears for him to dart through.
2012 Week 9 vs BUF (24 / 111 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
There isn't much to say about Foster that hasn't been said time and again. Like a cumulus on ice skates, Foster easily picked through the Bills porous rushing defense on more than one occasion. After picking up 10 yards on his first run, Foster would have four more that went for more than 10, including a long of 21 that nearly went for considerably more. Running off the right guard, Foster exhibited beautiful patience, before attacking the hole and getting into the secondary. Only Aaron Williams and the sideline were between Foster and a 60-yard TD run and Williams did a nice job keeping the angle and forcing Foster out of bounds. The sweep clearly becoming more prevalent in the Houston rushing attack, Foster again manipulated his blocks soundly, gliding up in to the hole before he cut to the sideline and picked up another ten on his 2nd longest run for 14 yards. It was easy to get the impression Foster could have ran for considerably more, but Buffalo never really threatened to warrant extensive carries. Clearly a man of envious patience, Foster showed some power on Sunday as well. After a rather aggressive tackle from Kyle Williams behind the line of scrimmage clearly annoyed Foster, he made sure to be delivering the blow rather than taking it on his next run. Foster took the carry off the left side and immediately attacked the hole, blasting through it and laying the wood on rookie LB Nigel Bradham. Foster continued his streak of rushing TDs, finding pay dirt on a three-yard TD run off the left guard. Once a threat to catch a few balls out of the backfield, Foster only received one target on a swing pass that Schaub appeared to be throwing away.
2012 Week 10 vs CHI (29 / 102 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 15 / 1 rec)
It was a tale of two halves for Foster. In the first half, he frequently gashed the Bears for big runs, and finished with 85 yards rushing on 17 carries, and chipped in another 13 yards on four receptions, including the TD. In the second half, Foster had just 17 yards on 12 carries and 1 reception for 2 additional yards. The Bears did their best to stop him though, and even in the first half, 10 of his 17 carries were for three yards or less. Yet when he broke through the hole, it was big trouble for Chicago. On the second drive of the game, Foster went off tackle through a huge hole in the defense and was into the secondary before the first Chicago player touched him. He rattled off 13 yards on the way to Houston's first field goal. After Schaub killed two consecutive drives with interceptions, the Texans turned back to Foster again, and he opened the drive with a six yard sprint up the gut. Two plays later on 3rd and 1, the Texans surprised the Bears by going with a quick count and Foster broke two tackles before being dragged down for a 13 yard gain. However, Justin Forsett came in to replace Foster and the Bears shut down the drive after that. On the TD drive, the Texans leaned heavy on Foster. First was a seven yard run where he started up the gut, then bounced outside. Next came a big 22 yard run off tackle where the Bears were blocked out of the picture. Forsett came in on the next play and gashed them for another 25, setting up first and goal. Two plays later, Foster broke out into the flat, covered well by Lance Briggs. Schaub rolled to that side and floated the ball perfectly to Foster, who dove to make a great TD catch just in front of the pylon. In the second half, Foster's 13 touches were frequently stuffed, and his longest gain from scrimmage was just a seven yard run up the gut where he drew a 15 yard facemask penalty as he was being tackled. The drive led to a field goal that sealed the game for the Texans, and Foster finished the day as to top yardage guy from both teams.
2012 Week 11 vs JAX (28 / 77 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
The story of the day was the Texans passing game but Foster was not without his own production. He finished the day with 77 hard-earned yards on a season high 28 carries. His best run came on a 10 yard run off-tackle to the left. On the play, Foster patiently let his blockers open a hole before he turned upfield and powered through the hole for a first down. Foster did not display his elite speed against Jacksonville on account of the Jaguars stacking the box much of the game to prevent him from hitting the open field. That said, he showed excellent vision behind the line of scrimmage and found the open hole more often than not for a positive gain. Foster did have one fumble on the day that was covered by Jacksonville. Otherwise, his tough interior running gained important yards and allowed the Texans to establish play-action that would become vital on a number of key passes in the second half of the game.
2012 Week 12 vs DET (20 / 102 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 15 / 0 rec)
Arian Foster had a hard earned 102 yards against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Impressively, Foster only needed 20 carries to reach the century mark and did not have a run longer than 15 yards. He continues to show stellar footwork both behind the line and as he works through the holes opened in front of him. Foster had a pair of touchdowns on the day. The first came on a six yard run off tackle. On the play, Foster showed patience running laterally to the left behind the line as the hole developed in front of him. Once it did, Foster accelerated quickly through the hole to the left sideline on his way to the six yard score. Foster later tied the game with a one yard score on a run off guard to the left. On this play, Foster met significant contact at the line of scrimmage but was able to keep his balance and slip off would-be tacklers and in to the endzone to the left. Foster does not have the breakaway speed of some top-tier backs but more than makes up for it by rarely being tackled for a loss and being so efficient near the goalline.
2012 Week 13 vs TEN (14 / 38 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 15 / 0 rec)
Foster had a relatively quiet game against Tennessee. He carried the ball only fourteen times but had five short receptions as well. Foster primarily ran off-tackle and once again showed excellent patience in letting the hole develop in front of him before racing through it. His receptions came on dump offs and designed screens. The Titans seemed committed to stacking the box on rushing downs and did an excellent job in keeping Foster from getting to the open field. Despite this focus on stopping Foster, the Titans were unable to tackle him for a loss at any point. Foster received two carries near the goalline, ultimately taking the second around the left end for a short score to put Houston ahead 21-3.
2012 Week 14 vs NE (15 / 46 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
- Like Matt Schaub, Foster had a difficult time getting anything going against the Patriots. His best run came on the game's opening play as he ran off tackle to the right for a powerful 12 yard gain. Unfortunately, the run was called back due to an illegal formation penalty. On the next play he gained fifteen yards and looked poised for a big day until the Patriots defense began collapsing the outside of the Texans line and closing the off-tackle holes Foster usually runs through. Foster did score on a short run off tackle to the left in the third quarter. On the play, Foster took the handoff and dropped his shoulders as he pushed through a small hole on the left side of the line. He also finished the day with four receptions including a 23 yard gain on a short screen pass to the middle of the field. Foster ran hard throughout the game but the Patriots did an excellent job pushing back on the Texans line and quickly tackling Foster in the event he made it through a hole.
2012 Week 15 vs IND (27 / 165 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Despite not scoring against the Colts, Foster had perhaps his most complete performance of the season. He ran with power between the tackles and great quickness to the outside. The Colts had no answer for Foster as the Texans dominated the game's time of possession battle by using Foster. Foster's best run came on a third quarter dash up the middle that netted 29 yards. On the play, Foster took the handoff and burst through the wide-open hole at full speed. He was 15 yards downfield before a defender reached him. Foster responded with a stiff-arm before powering ahead for an even greater gain. Once again, Foster appeared patient in letting holes open on outside run while showing no hesitation at all in hitting the hole hard on interior runs. The Texans line did an excellent job opening up large gaps for him allowing for the big day. Foster also had two short catches on outlet passes for four total yards.
2012 Week 16 vs MIN (10 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Foster left the game with an irregular heartbeat in the second half but was largely ineffective until that point anyway. The Vikings defense did an excellent job filling the gaps outside the guards that Foster typically runs through. They also did a good job with the weak side pursuit getting to foster as he tried to turn upfield for a positive gain. To Foster's credit, he did use his leg strength to get back to the line of scrimmage (and even managed a few positive gains) after the Vikings defensive front seven met him in the backfield.
2012 Week 17 vs IND (16 / 96 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Foster was the focus of the offensive game plan early, but the Texans fell behind and had to abandon the run. Foster still scored the Texans only touchdown on a run that featured excellent burst and a broken tackle. In general, Foster had the burst, vision, and change of direction that he had early in the season and did not look like a running back who has logged over 350 carries this year. He busted off a long run at a crucial moment in the second half to set up the Texans taking the lead for the first time in the game. Foster was strong and not the reason the Texans fell short in this game.
2012 Week 18 vs CIN (32 / 140 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 34 / 0 rec)
It is easy to credit the Texan defense for their dominating performance, but there is no denying without Arian Foster's 40-touch performance (against a Bengal defense who hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher since week nine) the Texans would not be moving on to the divisional round. Foster's third carry, a toss left, went for 17 yards as the offensive line opened a massive hole for the RB and he used an explosive burst to easily hit the 2nd level. Only S Reggie Nelson stood between he and a much longer run, but Nelson was able to chop the RB down for the long gain. Following the Schaub INT, Foster threw the offense on his back and made sure it responded. After losing four yards on a screen, the Texans went right back to Foster on a draw. Foster had much open space through the middle initially, but what he did to Rey Maualuga in the hole was Medusa-like. With Maualuga waiting in the hole Foster planted his left foot and made a slight, yet vicious cut on the LB. Maualuga was frozen and didn't even lay a finger on Foster as he continued up field for a 13-yard gain. Those cuts aren't foreign in the NFL for guys like C.J. Spiller and Chris Johnson, but far from the norm (to spare the hyperbole) for guys that are 6' 1" and 230 pounds. Foster followed the run with another pretty 11-yard run, flashing his spectacular vision as he shifted through the defense. Three plays later, Foster again used not one, but two slashing cuts on his way to 15 yards. Running right, Foster immediately cut back at the line of scrimmage, patiently waited for a hole to open before cutting back up field and again shifted through traffic smoothly. Just out of halftime, and one of his shortest runs on the day, Foster still impressed. Running right and with RG Ben Jones pushed back into his lap; Foster used a rare spin to get work back to the left. Leon Hall was in pursuit in the hole, but again Foster used a left footed plant and cut up field to shed the over pursuing DB and turning what should have been a loss into a positive run. It is fair to think Foster could have taken much of the drama out of the 4th quarter had Gary Kubiak not been so conservative, but the head coach chose to punt on two separate 4th and shorts late in the game. Despite the drama, it was Foster who closed the game out, picking up 20 yards on the game's final drive. Not only did Foster get 32 carries, but also he was 2nd on the team in catches with eight. Like Daniels, Foster was a safety valve for Schaub as the QB took very few shots down the field. Foster scored the Texans only TD, but most importantly it was Foster who Houston looked to to reassert control of the game. Schaub was shaky at times and it would have been easy to see the Texans panic after relinquishing the lead despite dominating the first half. Foster didn't let that happen, however, picking up 39 yards on his next three carries as the Texans immediately took the lead back.
2012 Week 19 vs NE (22 / 90 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 63 / 1 rec)
Despite amassing 153 total yards and, again, being the lone true threat on Houston offense; Foster's best came on one lone drive. After one (of many) successful KO returns, the Texan drive started near midfield. Needing something offensively after four consecutive punts, the offense went strictly through Foster. The offensive line opened a gaping hole on 1st down, allowing Foster to get up field quickly for a 22-yard gain. Houston went right back to Foster the following play, using their bread and butter as Foster perfectly read the gap on the stretch run and glided through the hole for 19 yards. Inside the Patriot 10-yard line, Houston continued to feed their RB and like he has done so often, Foster delivered. After a four-yard run to the one, Foster twisted and contorted the following play for a one-yard TD run. Outside of the one drive, however, Foster just couldn't find much room to run otherwise. Picking up 48 yards on those five carries, Foster could only gather 42 yards on his 17 other carries. No other rushing attempts went for longer than seven yards as he was often met at the line of scrimmage. Just like the week prior, however, Foster was a big part of the passing attack (although that appears to be more of an indictment of Schaub than game plan). Foster's first catch came on a screen and he was able to elude the initial tackler and pick up 13 yards. Later he caught a short swing pass (in his own end zone) and was able to turn the short toss into 28 yards. Foster also lined up wide on more than one occasion (like he often did in 2011), including his TD catch on the Texans' final scoring drive coming on a quick slant where he made a nice sliding catch. All in all, Foster was 3rd on the team in targets (with nine), catches (with seven) and yards (with 63). Foster was the offense on Sunday, accounting for more than a third of the Texans' yards and two of the three TDs.
2011 Week 2 vs MIA (10 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
The Texans first drive had a heavy dose of Arian Foster as the team moved into the red zone. Foster had two carries inside the ten, but was only able to pick up three yards as the Miami defense got into the backfield. Foster showed the same vision, burst, and ability to break tackles as last year. Foster played the first two drives, followed by Ben Tate on the next drive. In the second quarter, Foster left the game and there were reports that he had re-aggravated his hamstring injury, though coach Gary Kubiak later indicated Foster being held out was precautionary.
2011 Week 4 vs PIT (30 / 155 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Apparently there is no more "anti-awesomeness" anywhere in Foster's body. He was clearly the star of the game, showing no signs of a player who had played sparingly this season. He was in full stride, making jump-cuts and striding long in the open field. Pittsburgh's run defense was manhandled by Houston's offensive line, but Foster turned that winning battle into sheer domination. On a play where Houston was inside its own 10, they lined up in the shotgun and ran a simple draw on a 2nd down in an effort to simply create some space. Troy Polamalu was in the Houston backfield as Foster took the ball, but Foster jumped right to avoid Polamalu's ankle-grabbing then bursted left into the open field as Polamalu had containment to that side. The run turned into an 18-yard gain, and although Houston had to punt late, the run helped change field position. Another sign that Foster is truly back - other than his 33 touches - is that he was lined up in the slot on a 3rd-and-6 from the Pittsburgh 7-yard line in the 2nd quarter. He ran a very well-executed flag route and was open, but Schaub was under pressure and couldn't throw until it was so late that he overthrew Foster to preserve the field goal attempt. Houston used Foster in every possible way - a great sign that he's back to his 2010 form.
2011 Week 5 vs OAK (22 / 68 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 116 / 0 rec)
Despite a Raiders defense that consistently clogged inside running lanes, Arian Foster was able to have a nice game against Oakland. He ran hard inside, constantly churning his legs and trying to wear down the front seven of the defense on each interior carry. When running to the outside, Foster got up to speed quickly and showed nimble feet in the open field, gaining yardage outside the tackle box fairly easily. Foster's best run came on a 20 yard gain the first quarter. Any lingering questions about his hamstring injury were put to rest when he took the handoff from Matt Schaub, deftly broke to the left side of the line, and quickly reached full speed for a big gain. Foster most affected the game against Oakland as a receiver. He caught a screen pass on the left side and turned upfield, following his blockers for a 60 yard gain. He also caught slants and quick-outs that allowed him to use his size to muscle off corners and speed to outrun linebackers on the way to a big day as a pass catcher. Foster shows elite vision with the ball in his hands and fully trusts the linemen blocking in front of him. He hits the holes hard and seems to easily understand his role not only as a rusher but also as a receiver and pass blocker.
2011 Week 6 vs BAL (15 / 49 / 0 rush, 11 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
The Texans running game never got on track with the Ravens able to bring their safeties up closer to the line, but Foster was kept involved in the passing game though he had two dropped passes. Foster was the main running back for most of the game, but in the third quarter Ben Tate played first and second downs with Foster coming back in on third down. In the fourth quarter Foster resumed his workhorse role, but the Texans mainly were passing as they were trailing.
2011 Week 7 vs TEN (25 / 115 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 119 / 1 rec)
After the game, Foster said he was still trying to get into football shape. Opponents should despair at the thought he's still not there. Foster's monster day more than made up for the absence of Andre Johnson as Foster was a weapon in both the ground and aerial attacks. Foster struck pay dirt three times, twice on the ground and once through the air. He ran with authority, alternately making players miss and plain running them over. To narrow his best play down to just one is tough, but his most exciting play was probably his 78 yard touchdown catch. On the play, Foster slipped out to the left as quarterback Matt Schaub rolled out right. The defense followed Schaub and Foster found himself all alone several yards downfield. Schaub delivered the ball and Foster delivered the moves. He made two players miss and then turned the afterburners on as he headed for the end zone.
2011 Week 8 vs JAX (33 / 112 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
How good is Arian Foster? Before looking at the stat line, one would probably say Foster struggled in this game because his performance was unspectacular, but the numbers suggest that most NFL RBs would love to "struggle" the way Foster does. The Jaguars' tough run D did a good job of bottling Foster up in the first half, but as the game wore on Foster and the Texans' offensive line began to lean on the Jags D and salted the game away in the 4th quarter, finishing with over 35 minutes of time of possession by the time the game was over. Foster spent most of the day grinding away between the tackles, but found daylight to the outside and bounced a 3rd down run to the right corner of the endzone in the 4th quarter to give the Texans a two touchdown lead.
2011 Week 9 vs CLE (19 / 124 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)
Foster continues to be one of the premier RBs in the NFL, showing great vision and burst through creases created by his O-Line. He is regularly spelled by fellow 1000-yard candidate Ben Tate, but still manages to put up stud-caliber performances while sharing the load. Foster was consistently making it to the second level of the Browns' D, finally breaking off a 19-yard TD run mid way through the second quarter. He would later add a 27-yard run in the second half, helping to put him over 100 yards yet again. As usual, Foster is a key component of the passing game as well, leading the team in targets and receptions.
2011 Week 10 vs TB (17 / 84 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 102 / 1 rec)
The Bucs did a fair job against the run in the first half while the Texans were mainly moving the ball through the air. Foster had a fair but not great first half on the ground. His big play came as a receiver, a dump off pass that Foster took 78 yards after putting a move on a cornerback and then eluding a safety who took a bad angle on him. In the second half Foster was close to unstoppable on the ground, rushing for 8 yards or more on most of his carries. He also had a 39 yard run called back for a hold. Tampa's defense did a poor job tackling, especially in the second half. Foster was the primary ball carrier until late in the third quarter when Ben Tate began to get about the same amount of touches. Derrick Ward finished out the last half of the 4th quarter.
2011 Week 12 vs JAX (22 / 65 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 24 / 0 rec)
Foster did most of his damage early, scoring on a first quarter drive that resolved around his 43 yard run. After a quick breather he came back in and was given three tries from inside the three, leaping over the defense for the score he scored. He was bottled up by the Jacksonville defense most of the game, as the defensive line continually got penetration into the backfield, especially in the second half. Foster fumbled twice, one returned by the defense for a touchdown, the other a fumble on his own five yard line that he was able to recover.
2011 Week 13 vs ATL (31 / 111 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Foster once again showed why he is one of the premier running backs in the NFL. Despite having a rookie quarterback under center, Foster was able to rip off solid gains all day. While he didn't have as many breakaway plays and longer runs as in the past, he consistently gained 4-7 yards between the tackles. Foster's ability to see a hole and quickly rotate in to it at full speed is a thing of beauty and allows him to find positive yardage when lesser backs would end up being tackled for a loss. His best run of the day came on fourth and one in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout, the Texans handed the ball off to Foster who absorbed contact at the line of scrimmage and spun forward for a 6 yard gain. Two plays later they ran the same play to the left side wherein Foster scored what would be the deciding points in the game. He also chipped in in the passing game, catching 3 balls for 41 yards. Two of the passes were short screens that produced short gains. The third catch, however, went for a 28 yard gain and further helped keep the Atlanta linebackers from constantly crashing the pocket. After beginning the season with what might have been a lingering injury, Foster has resumed his place in the rushing elite and has the Texans on track for their best season ever.
2011 Week 14 vs CIN (15 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Foster had similar problems in the running game as the Bengals got pressure into the backfield. His best play was a screen pass where Foster used his blockers effectively for a 21 yard gain. Foster bounced between 6 and 7 yard carries and runs that lost a yard or were for no gain. He had a fumble on a screen pass when the ball was knocked out of his hands as he was securing it and starting to turn up the field.
2011 Week 15 vs CAR (16 / 109 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Arian Foster was fantastic for the Texans against the Panthers, running like a high performance vehicle. Foster is both smooth and powerful, gliding down the field like a he is on skates. After an early fumble, he bounced back with strong runs, great moves in the open field and deceptive power. Foster weaved his way around tacklers effortlessly and exploited the over pursuit of the Panthers linebackers. In the passing game, Foster was a frequent target on check downs. Often he broke the first tackle and made something out of nothing. Foster capped his impressive display with a one yard touchdown run.
2011 Week 16 vs IND (23 / 158 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
This game was a good example of the vision that Arian Foster has, taking advantages of big holes when they were there, but also finding creases for five yard gains when the defensive line seemed to have things closed down. He broke a number of large plays including runs of 28 and 30 yards. With TJ Yates at quarterback, Foster has not been as large a part of the passing game. The majority of his receptions come on screens or designed dump offs on third and long situations. However Foster remained the workhorse back, receiving the lion's share of playing time as well as touches.
2011 Week 18 vs CIN (24 / 153 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Foster had a fantastic game in his playoff debut. After looking tentative on his first three runs, Foster settled down and began running north and south with great success. His first touchdown came on a carry where he broke outside to the left from 18 yards out and outran the defense to the left pylon. Foster's best run came on a 20 yard scamper in the first quarter. On the play, he took the ball on a sweep to the left and was met by a wall of defenders. He kept his feet moving and bounced outside to the right, ultimately outrunning the Bengals' defense to the sideline for a long gain. Foster also had a 42 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter that effectively put the game away. On the play, he took the handoff to the left and followed his blockers down the sideline. Despite three Bengals getting a hand on him, none of them tried to wrap him up with a tackle and Foster's balance and strength kept him from going out of bounds. Most impressive about this run was how quickly Foster used his long stride to get up to full speed as he rounded the corner.
2011 Week 19 vs BAL (27 / 132 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)
Arian Foster played like a man possessed against a Ravens defense that had not surrendered a 100-yard rushing game in the playoffs in its history, spanning 16 games. Foster played with such control and ran so smoothly and efficiently, always finishing strong and falling forward. Foster's balance between the tackles and outside the numbers was tremendous. He showed terrific balance and tiptoed the sideline on a 28-yard run to the outside when it appeared no seam would appear. Foster's offensive line blew open running lanes for him with regularity, allowing him to pick his spot and burst through the hole. Foster - on a drive that he accounted for 58 yards - scored a rushing touchdown on an off-tackle run on the 1-yard line. Foster's performance deserved more, but it is a certainty that the Texans will invest in this superstar back. He will be a force for many seasons in this league.
2010 Week 1 vs IND (33 / 231 / 3 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Foster had one of the NFL's most impressive "breakout" games ever for a running back, rushing for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 carries. Foster had a nice first half, rushing for 40 yards primarily on runs up the middle and off-tackle. However, in the second half it looked like he began completely trusting the line to create holes and it showed. His single-cutback style produced large run after large run, including a 42 yard run off right tackle that set up a 25 yard touchdown run off the left end. Foster accounted for 49 yards on the Texans first drive in the third quarter which resulted in a touchdown to put the Texans ahead by ten points. During that stretch, he had ten straight carries for positive yardage as the Texans began to assert their will up front. Foster had a startling 11 carries against the Colts that resulted in either first downs or touchdowns, including an impressive run on a sweep to the right side on 4th and 1 that all but wrapped up the Texan victory. His combination of agility, power, and vision along with his imposing size seem tailor made for the Houston running game.
2010 Week 2 vs WAS (19 / 69 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec)
Foster performed well when called upon. He showed a little bit of every skill you would want in a running back. He showed good speed on toss to outside. He ran effectively between the tackles. He beat an arm tackle in the backfield and juked a DB downfield. He stayed behind his blockers, showed good vision, and made a couple great cuts. His biggest play came on a 50 yard screen pass that was perfectly timed to take advantage of the Redskins blitz.
2010 Week 3 vs DAL (17 / 106 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Foster had a tremendous game against the Cowboys on Sunday, becoming the first opposing running back to register 100 or more yards in a game against the Dallas defense in 20 contests. Foster's best runs came off tackle to the right where he took the ball from quarterback Matt Schaub, waited patiently for a hole to develop, and then changed direction from running towards the sideline to dart through the hole for a large gain. Foster's best carry came on a 21 yard run on third and 19. During the run, Foster ran up the middle at full speed before cutting outside and eluding the Dallas defense until he earned the first down. He is clearly at his best when he gets through the line and then makes one cut to the outside. Foster also saw his role in the passing game increased against Dallas. Whereas teammate Steve Slaton had been coming in to games on obvious passing downs, on Sunday Foster was left in and responded by being an effective blocker and catching three outlet passes and a pass on a wheel route that netted 14 yards. Unfortunately, Foster also fumbled the ball on a carry to the right end. On the fumble, Foster was fighting for positive yardage and simply looked like he lost the ball while wrapped up by the Dallas defense. Overall, Foster's running style appears to be a great fit with the Texans offense and his vision in the open field is helping him earn plenty of extra yards once he has broken through the line of scrimmage.
2010 Week 4 vs OAK (16 / 131 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 56 / 1 rec)
Foster was held out of the first quarter against the Raiders due to missing one team meeting and being late for another. While this shows a lack of maturity by the former Tennessee Volunteer, his play once he entered the game more then atoned for his errors. Foster was, once again, the best player on the field against Oakland. Foster's forth carry resulted in 74 yard touchdown that showed him breaking through the right side of the line, making one cut, and then speeding past all of the Oakland defenders. For the day, Foster had 186 total yards and two touchdowns, with the second coming on a short 10 yard pass in the fourth quarter which completed the Texans' scoring for the day. Foster also protected the ball well and only has one fumble in four games this season, a clear improvement for the Texans considering the rash of fumbles they experienced last year. Foster is showing great balance and patience behind the line of scrimmage as he waits for the hole to develop and follows his blockers. Once through the hole, he is showing tremendous speed and vision in the open field allowing him to chew up large gains on most any carry.
2010 Week 5 vs NYG (11 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Foster found himself greeted by Giants defenders behind the line of scrimmage too often and was rarely able to find open space to get loose in. He had one or two runs which seemed like he might break free on, but the Giants were always there. The offensive line had a hard time creating holes for him and strangled him and the rest of the ground attack all afternoon long.
2010 Week 6 vs KC (18 / 71 / 2 rush, 6 / 6 / 26 / 0 rec)
Arian Foster rebounded from a poor game against the Giants last week to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and help propel the Texans to victory. Foster's best run came on a carry off tackle to the right that saw him wait patiently for his blockers to open a hole before he burst through for a 7 yard gain. Even though Foster had longer carries on the day, this one was a perfect example of why he has succeeded so well this season for Houston. Unlike prior Texan tailbacks, Foster has confidence in his line. Instead of dancing around and trying to make something happen on his own, Foster patiently waits for the hole to develop and then attacks the opening at full speed. Most often, this is getting him through the line of scrimmage and in to the open field. Both of Foster's touchdowns came on short runs between the tackles, including his second touchdown that came on a dive over the line. Foster also caught a season high 6 passes out of the backfield and is developing in to a dangerous three-down back in the Texans system.
2010 Week 8 vs IND (15 / 102 / 1 rush, 9 / 9 / 65 / 0 rec)
So much for the talk of an RBBC in Houston. Foster was the bright spot in the offense for Houston. He continues to get bigtime yardage whenever he gets the ball. He racked up over 100 yards in only 15 carries, but didn't get many carries in the 2nd half due to the Texans having to play from behind. However, in the 2nd half, what he lost in carries, he made up for in receptions. Foster was the primary check-down receiver for Schaub, as the Colts continued giving the Texans the short stuff as they protected the deep areas of the field. Foster runs with great vision, and always seems to make the right decision.
2010 Week 9 vs SD (27 / 127 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec)
It was a tale of two halves for Foster. In the first half, he was drawing comparisons to the legendary Marcus Allen by the CBS announcing crew. By the fourth quarter, he all but disappeared from the game plan as the Chargers made a concerted effort to remove his effectiveness from the equation. His first carry of the game came following a blocked punt, and the shell-shocked Chargers never even got a hand on him as he waltzed in untouched from seven yards out for the score. Following that, he pretty much had his way with the San Diego defense. They looked nothing like the NFL's second-ranked run defense unit, as Foster ran into, over, and around defenders. He broke numerous tackles, turning plays that should have been losses into positive yardage gains. Off of a San Diego turnover, Foster ran right over a defender on his way into the end zone from two yards out and his second score of the game. He nearly added a third score on a reception, but he didn't maintain possession all the way through the process of the catch (very similar to the Calvin Johnson overturned touchdown earlier in the season). It was Foster's second drop of the first half, but it was just a blip on the radar of what had been a dynamite half to that point. In the second half, however, San Diego employed a gang-tackling philosophy on Foster to basically ensure he wasn't going to be the one to beat them. They stuffed him on a fourth down run despite the Texans being well within field goal range, and a lot of those broken tackles suddenly started sticking and he had very little running room. Finally, late in the game Schaub found him over the middle with a caravan of blockers ahead of him. He was able to pick up 33 yards down the middle of the field to salvage what had been a disastrous second half to that point. With Houston's receivers either hobbled or ineffective (or both), the Texans have to hope that their passing game will be able to better take advantage going forward, otherwise teams will be able to employ the same strategy San Diego did.
2010 Week 10 vs JAX (15 / 56 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Arian Foster is one of the most underrated backs in the league. He still doesn't get enough credit for his ability, which he showed off often in this game. Foster and the Texans offensive line established the run really well. Foster was decisive in the one cut system the Texans run, and ran behind his pads and with a forward lean that made him difficult to tackle. Foster also showed off his skills as a receiver, taking a screen pass down to the one yard line only for it to be called back by penalty. Foster set the table for the Texans offense and while he didn't light it up statistically, there was nothing to fault in his on-field display.
2010 Week 11 vs NYJ (22 / 84 / 2 rush, 7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Foster showed once again that, even against the tougher run defenses, he's a threat. He was able to gain ground all day and the Jets were lucky to contain him on some plays. Foster was especially deadly in short yardage and at the goal line, scoring twice. Both times Foster had to fight for the score and both times his second effort carried him across the goal line. The second score, to put the Texans ahead for the first time in the game. For that score he extended himself to break the goal line plane while keeping his body off the ground to keep the ball live. Foster also had an outstanding game catching the ball, showing deadly speed and agility when in space which made him tough to catch. He did cough the ball up once late in the third quarter, which resulted in a field goal for the Jets.
2010 Week 12 vs TEN (30 / 143 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 75 / 0 rec)
What more is there to say about Foster? He once again put on an impressive display of athletic talent as the Texans cruised to a 20-0 victory over the Tennessee Titans. As has been the case in recent weeks, Foster started off slowly in the running game before using a few receptions to get his wheels turning. Foster's most impressive run came on a rush off tackle to the left wherein he split two defenders, bounced off a third, and rumbled towards the sideline for an 18 yard gain. Foster was equally impressive on a handful of receptions, including one to the right sideline wherein he twisted out of the grasp of one defender and raced past another before diving for endzone, only to come up short. Foster is playing with a lot of confidence and clearly understands how to avoid enough contact to be productive yet dish out enough punishment that the defense is exhausted by the fourth quarter. On one series in the 4th quarter, Foster carried the ball 5 times in a row for 1, -1, 37, 2, and 0 yard gains. After a quick break to the sideline, he carried four more times for 18 more yards, essentially putting the game away for the Texans. Foster is leading the league in rushing and is clearly headed for the Pro Bowl.
2010 Week 13 vs PHI (22 / 83 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)
Arian Foster struggled against Philadelphia early, only managing to gain 27 yards on his first 10 carries of the game but while his final run of 29 yards right before halftime did little for the offense it did seem to get Foster in gear for the final thirty minutes of the contest. Foster came out of halftime and ran with more power and determination with the ball in his hands, and he was rewarded for his efforts with two touchdowns in the third quarter on a 13-yard reception and then via a three yard run up the middle to give the Texans the lead at 24-20. Foster's combined 100 yards and two scores were not enough as the Eagles rebounded for the win, but Foster's breakout season continued with the strong effort.
2010 Week 14 vs BAL (20 / 100 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Foster didn't score against the Ravens but did once again put together a solid game in averaging 5 yards per carry. He was able to find room running between the tackles which is an impressive feat considering the Ravens stout front seven. Foster's best runs came off-guard where he made one cut to the whole and one cut at the second level for a 7-10 yard gain. Foster's running shows vision well balanced with control to lead to large gains even against a tough defense. Foster continues to impress as a receiver too, fighting for extra yardage and eluding tackles in the open field. His best play of the day came on the game tying drive wherein he caught the ball on an out route then used his agility to weave through defenders and get to the sideline, thus stopping the clock. Foster was not given any chances at the goalline in the second half as the Texans passing game was simply too efficient.
2010 Week 15 vs TEN (11 / 15 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Foster had his worst rushing game of the season, with a mere 15 yards on 11 carries. He had a similarly poor game back in week 5 (11-25) and bounced back nicely, but the question right now is about his injury status. He was apparently hurting going into this game, and near the end was taken out in favour of Derrick Ward. Foster had a lot of trouble running against the Titans, as he was often stuffed at the line. His saving grace was his six receptions, which were a result of the Texans falling behind early (and Schaub's lack of downfield targets) rather than planned plays to Foster. He didn't look particularly explosive after the catch or running the ball, at any point in this game.
2010 Week 16 vs DEN (19 / 91 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
There are few running backs in the NFL right now who can claim to be on the same level as far as overall skill set for a prototypical running back as Arian Foster. Foster understands Gary Kubiak's offense and can execute cutbacks on zone runs with relative ease, showing almost psychic anticipation in his reads, as if he knows exactly where the lane will be before it opens. His touchdown run was a show of great patience as he slowly arced right, waited for his blocks to seal the edge and never committing to a hole, then used his speed to get to the pylon after a beautiful jump cut. Foster was also a big part of the passing game. His biggest gain as a receiver came on a 28 yard screen pass which was run to perfection by he and his blockers.
2010 Week 17 vs JAX (31 / 180 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Foster had one of his best performances of the year against the Jaguars in week 17. Foster started quickly with a 56 yard run off guard to the right which he followed up with a 2 yard touchdown on a dive through the same hole. He kept it up in the second half and helped the Texans convert a number of 3rd downs and 2nd and long plays to extend drives. His best runs continue to come off tackle when he takes the handoff, shows a veteran's patience in allowing the hole to develop, and makes one cut up field. Throughout the year, Foster showed excellent speed and agility in the open field in both punishing defenders and in evading their tackles. His running style is reminiscent of Larry Johnson in that he has deceptive speed and good balance at the point of contact. Foster's best run of the day came on an off tackle run to the right side wherein he cut once back to the middle of the field, pushed off one tackler, then broke to the outside for a 35 yard touchdown. Foster finished the season as the league's leading rusher and one of only six players in history to have 1500 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving.
2009 Week 14 vs SEA (13 / 34 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Foster saw his first extended gametime of the season and made the most of his opportunity. He carried the ball 13 times and had 4 receptions for 88 total yards. Foster was most successful in running up the middle or off guard in to the teeth of the Seattle defense as Houston worked to run the clock out in the second half. His most impressive play came on a 20 yard reception on a screen pass wherein he showed an extra gear and followed his blockers for extra yards.
2009 Week 15 vs STL (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Foster looked to get significant work against the Rams, logging 2 carries for 7 yards on the Texans first drive. However, he fumbled the ball inside the Rams' 10 yard line on the Texans second drive after a 13 yard reception and did not return to the game.
2009 Week 16 vs MIA (19 / 97 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Unlike Ryan Moats, Chris Brown, and even Steve Slaton before him in 2009, Arian Foster seized the opportunity he was given and had perhaps the Texans best pure rushing performance in a season. Foster carried the ball 19 times for 97 yards but showed the vision and quickness to get to the hole at the line before it closed, unlike his aforementioned teammates. Foster was effective between the tackles and around the ends. His best run came on his touchdown scamper. Foster took the ball off tackle to the right, cut back to the middle of the field, and ran the final 12 yards completely untouched in to the end zone. If Foster performs well next week in the Texans' final game, he may put Chris Brown and Ryan Moats out of a job.
2009 Week 17 vs NE (20 / 119 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Foster received his first career start Sunday against New England and didn't disappoint. He had 20 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came from the goalline, one on a run to right-guard and the second off-tackle to the left. Foster also caught 3 passes for 26 yards. His best run came on a 24 yard run where he quickly found the hole to the left side of the line and then cut up field for a long gain. Foster finished the season with 54 carries for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns. His production in the last three weeks may cost Chris Brown and Chris Henry their roster spots for 2010.