D'Onta Foreman was a little behind the curve in terms of being 100 percent ready upon arrival in Houston. In other words, the youngster showed up in less-than-ideal condition. Of course, training camp will be the real test. Despite his collegiate success and combination of size, strength and 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash, Foreman watched as seven running backs were drafted ahead of him this spring. The Texans did invest a third-round pick after Foreman proved he could shoulder a heavy workload last season, carrying the football 323 times and averaging an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. Foreman has impressive leg drive, vision and athleticism. He has a lot of wiggle in the open field for such a big man. Whether Foreman can provide a receiving threat out of the backfield remains to be seen, but his initial role in Houston will simply be to work behind starter Lamar Miller, who HC Bill O'Brien felt was overworked last season. That could lead to immediate goal-line and short-yardage work for Foreman. Which might be more of a problem for Miller owners than a plus for the rookie.
Foreman was arrested on weapons and marijuana charges the second week of July. It sounds like he may well be exonerated, but go ahead and assume the off-field trouble combined with his poor conditioning upon arrival leave the newcomer in a bit of a Hole with .
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The Texans have a loaded depth chart at running back, with veterans Alfred Blue, Tyler Ervin and the speedy Akeem Hunt in the mix behind Miller, but Foreman appears to have the ability to contribute immediately and early training camp performances have been promising. Remember, in O'Brien's first three seasons as coach, the Texans have run the ball more than any team in the league.