Arian Foster is ready for the new season to get here. He has declared himself healthy and ready to go this offseason after recovering from back surgery.
Foster, 27, battled calf and hamstring injuries before injuring his back midway through 2013. He finished with just 542 rushing yards and was a big reason why the Texans collapsed last season.
The former Pro Bowl running back thinks this year’s offense is going to be a big change from what we saw last season. Talking to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Foster is appreciative of his former coaches but knows it was time for them to move on.
“As far as (former running backs coach) Chick (Harris) and Kubes (Gary Kubiak) and (former offensive coordinator) Rick (Dennison), I love those guys to death. They gave me my first shot I talked to them before they left. They had to move on, and so did we. That’s just part of the business.”
The Texans stuck with a zone-blocking scheme under Kubiak and Dennison, in which Foster flourished. Foster says the zone runs will still be there but he expects to see more work out of the backfield.
“We still have a lot of zone runs in this offense, (but) every offense does. We’re going to have a lot of different alignments. So far, I really like it. It’s very versatile. Coach O’Brien has expressed to me how he wants to use me out of the backfield. That’s one of my strengths.”
Foster had 66 receptions out of the backfield in 2010, but that number dropped to 53 in 2011 and just 40 in 2012. Foster is an all-purpose back capable of being on the field for all three downs and he expects to see his numbers go up in 2014. Of course, that will all depend on his health but he’s hoping to play in all 16 games this coming season.
The good news for Foster is that his offensive line has been improved. Secound-rounder Xavier Su’a-Filo should step right in at the left guard spot. David Quessenberry and Brennan Williams, both 2013 draftees who sat out last season with injuries, will be in the battle for the right tackle spot, and one of them should be able to beat out Derek Newton.
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