The Houston Texans do have multiple questions they need to answer in their running back situation.
First off, elite and one of the most dangerous running backs, Arian Foster, is coming off of season-ending back surgery last season that saw him only play seven games. It’s important to know if he’s going to be healthy and 100% by the start of the season.
If Foster was hurt, the Texans had the reliable Ben Tate to take over. The Texans will miss Tate, who racked up 771 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries last season. Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns during free agency.
Now the Texans have rookie Alfred Blue, who played at LSU and was a sixth-round selection. They also have Andre Brown, who was a backup option for the New York Giants, but his 492 rushing yards for three touchdowns on 139 carries, for an average of 3.5 yards per carry is hardly inspiring.
The Texans have to hope that Foster, who rushed for over 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns for three straight seasons (2010-12) will be able to stay healthy. Tate was a good complementary running back, but he’s gone now, and still wasn’t able to produce the same stats or threat in the backfield that Foster’s been doing for the past few seasons ever since he came out as an undrafted player.
If Foster stays healthy, expect him to rebound and have another phenomenal year. Even if he does, the Texans have to hope that Brown or Blue can emerge as good options to play behind him. If Foster doesn’t rebound fully and the backups don’t do their job, then the Texans are going to have a very messy running game situation.