No disrespect to Andre Johnson, but as Foster goes, so do the Texans’ offense.
Over the last three seasons there hasn’t been a better offensive player in football. Since 2010, Foster leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage per game (126.7) and touchdowns (47). The only player with more rushing yards per game than Foster during that stretch is Adrian Peterson, but Foster does have 22 100-yard rushing games to Peterson’s 18 since 2010.
Those stats are why people are concerned about Foster’s health this offseason. On May 28 Foster suffered a strained right calf during Texans OTAs, thus ending his offseason until at least training camp. Gary Kubiak said before the injury that Foster was having one of the best offseasons he’s ever seen him have.
“He’s maybe having the best offseason I’ve seen him have,” Kubiak said back on May 23. “He’s doing something a little different training-wise. He’d have to tell you what he’s doing. I think he looks a little slimmer. I don’t know if he weighs different. But he just looks a little different, how he’s carrying his weight. He’s been excellent throughout the course of the offseason; expects a lot of himself.”
Foster was disappointed with his 2012 season, a year where he led the NFL with 351 carries and 15 touchdowns. In 2012 Foster did have his lowest yards per carry of his career (4.1). Foster’s massive number of carries show how much the Texans rely on the three time Pro Bowler, especially in the red zone.
Foster led the NFL in red zone rushing, carrying the ball 74 times for 210 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
Foster appears to be well on his way back and will be ready for training camp according to All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown.
“I’ve talked to him,” Brown said. “He’s feeling great. “He says that he should be able to go by training camp.”