Houston Texans running back Arian Foster found himself on a few bust lists for the 2013 NFL season. The people plastering Foster on those lists weren’t paying attention to what was going on prior to the 2013 season.
Foster was playing host to just about every injury last season. It started with a strained calf suffered during OTAs in May. That strain liked Foster so much it hung out with him until the start of training camp.
Then Foster’s back got jealous of his calf so it flared up to the point of needing surgery mid-season. And let’s not forget his chest and thumb injuries in between his calf and back tribulations.
This guy didn’t even put on shoulder pads (literally) until late August—a couple of weeks prior to Week 1. His first time getting tackled was in Week 1 versus the Chargers.
Even still, he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and logged a couple 100+ rushing yard games during the six games he actually finished last year.
For the first three weeks of the season, Foster received fewer than 20 carries each week and didn’t breach 100 total yards in any of those games. Let’s consider that his preseason.
For Weeks 4-6, Foster received 20+ carries and put up 100+ total yards each game, including a 171 total-yard effort against Seattle.
Just when Foster thought he was out of the injury game, his back pulls him right back in.
Foster had microscopic lumbar discectomy on November 13 and wasn’t cleared to get back to work until March 16.
As far as Foster’s outlook this year, I’d say he’s going to be a nice value pick for someone. He’s been a full go at OTAs in May, showing no signs of lingering issues from the calf, back, thumb or chest injuries. Foster’s current ADP is at the beginning of the second round. He’ll be a mid- to late-first rounder by mid-August.
And new head coach Bill O’Brien is not masking the fact that Foster will be used like a $2.00 er...uh...”lady of the night” this season. What choice does he have with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage at quarterback?
As Eminem said, so shall Foster: “Let me formally reintroduce myself to you for those of you who don't know--The new me's back to the old me.”