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Default Arian Foster: 2007

If you are interested in what Arian Foster looked like in 2007, they are playing Tenn vs UK 2007 on Dish 152 (CBS C) right now. There is 8 minutes left in the 2nd Qtr now.
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Listening to John Harris on 1560 this afternoon, he was saying Arian Foster was looking really well. Running down hill, seeing the seam and making his cuts... He went on to say that Steve Slaton would have a good play and then be hesitant on the next play. Ben Tate looked a little unsure of himself (to be expected, of course). And Jeremiah Johnson looked really good, too.
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Default Re: Arian Foster: 2007

Foster didn't look too good running the ball in that second Qtr. He looked pretty good on screen passes.
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Foster didn't look too good running the ball in that second Qtr. He looked pretty good on screen passes.
I'm surprised you would say that. Johnny Harris (1560) SAID Foster looked great! And believe me when I tell you, I trust Harris when it comes to football. Now, that said, I'd be interested in your more detailed analysis...
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I'm surprised you would say that. Johnny Harris (1560) SAID Foster looked great! And believe me when I tell you, I trust Harris when it comes to football. Now, that said, I'd be interested in your more detailed analysis...
Big difference between 2007 Tennessee and 2010 Texans...

just saying.
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Default Re: Arian Foster: 2007

At any rate, one thing the team will have this year is options to choose from. Last year their eggs were pretty much all in Steve Slaton's basket. Among Slaton, Foster, Ben Tate, Jerimiah Johnson, and Chris Henry the backfield is deeper than ever.
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I'm surprised you would say that. Johnny Harris (1560) SAID Foster looked great! And believe me when I tell you, I trust Harris when it comes to football. Now, that said, I'd be interested in your more detailed analysis...
He was talking to me on Twitter yesterday and he was saying although he likely has no shot of making the roster, Jeremiah Johnson looked like the teams best downhill runner right now.
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Default Re: Arian Foster: 2007

How scary would it be to see Foster and Tate in a split back set? That's 2 big dudes who run with aggression and Tate's even got a step or two on Foster.

Still no Holliday on screen passes huh? Huh.
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Big difference between 2007 Tennessee and 2010 Texans...

just saying.
Big difference is that the Texans O-line are actually better (in the NFL) than the Volunteers' (in the SEC).

If people think that the Texans got pushed around in the running game, they should have seen the Volunteers' line.

One of the things I mentioned last year when we signed Foster as an UDFA was that he's pretty strong.
In one play, a DT (can't remember which game) got free into the backfield and went straight for Foster.
The two collided (you can hear the loud popping sounds of shoulder pads).
Foster actually won that battle slightly. He jolted the DT backward a little bit.

That year, overall, Hardesty received less prorous blockings (from the same pitiful line) than Foster in their respective carries. Yet Foster gained more per carries (overall 4.35 ypc on 131 attempts vs. 3.57 ypc on 76 attempts for Hardesty.)

Both their numbers suffered greatly in SEC play sue to the weakness of the O-line as well as the strength of SEC defenses (Foster 3.4 ypc; Hardesty 3.14ypc). Yards after contact was where Foster really had an advantage over the younger Hardesty.

Hardesty probably got stronger the last year in college, but Foster also got stronger in the pro (if you watch his last collegiate game against Kentucky and the Texans/Pats game).
Hardesty was drafted at #59 by the Browns this year.

It's going to be a montrous battle at RB for the Texans this year.
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Default Re: Arian Foster: 2007

Even though this is an article supposed to focus on Slaton, I found something more interesting.

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Meanwhile, Houston coach Gary Kubiak thinks Foster, an undrafted rookie in 2009, may turn out to be a major discovery. The 23-year-old Foster spent the first 10 games of 2009 on Houston's practice squad before emerging as the team's top backfield threat in December.

Kubiak said the 23-year-old Foster is mature beyond his years and will be tough to unseat for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart.

"He's just growing up and becoming a totally different young man," Kubiak said. "We are not going to have a battle about how he tries to give his effort. That's over. It's all about football with him. He got his chance and he is going to be a fine player. We are all excited to see what he's doing right now."

Foster is approaching this training camp with the same mindset as last year with one difference instead of fighting for a roster spot, he's aiming for a starting role.

"My mentality hasn't really changed," he said. "Once you get an opportunity, you have to produce. You have to show them what you can do. I wasn't up at 5:30 (a.m.) this offseason for nothing, so my mentality isn't, 'This spot is mine.' My mentality is, 'This spot is going to get taken. I am going to take it.'"
Funny, 23-year-old Foster never needed lessens in "maturity" or excuses by his coach for lack thereof.
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Funny, 23-year-old Foster never needed lessens in "maturity" or excuses by his coach for lack thereof.
But, from what Foster has said in some quotes, he had some real problems in TC last year. He was missing meetings and letting off-the-field activities distract him. At least, that's what I recall reading a day or so ago. I was surprised because I hadn't really heard about any of that last year.

I think that's why he was on the PS so long.
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But, from what Foster has said in some quotes, he had some real problems in TC last year. He was missing meetings and letting off-the-field activities distract him. At least, that's what I recall reading a day or so ago. I was surprised because I hadn't really heard about any of that last year.

I think that's why he was on the PS so long.
I also had heard nothing about it until the quotes. But after reading ALL of yesterday's quotes, you've got to love this kid.
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(on if he takes comfort in head coach Gary Kubiak's statement that he will let the players earn their spots) "I don't take any comfort out of it, but I think he is a man of his word. I really do. I say that every time I speak—I think very highly of Gary. He has been in this league a long time and when he says something, I'm pretty sure he means it. He has always told us that if we are producers we are going to stay on the field, so I am going to do my best to produce."

(on whether going undrafted motivates him) "I would be lying if I said it didn't, absolutely, but it's in the past. Now, I have new opportunities, goals and challenges ahead of me, but every now and then when I'm tired, that comes in to play."

(on if he feels as if he has matured in the past year) "I think I have matured. I came in last year as a rookie, I made mistakes off the field and on the field, just being late and things like that. I just saw last year and really took in how guys like (WR) Andre (Johnson) and (QB) Matt (Schaub) and how these great guys, players in the league that are respected, take care of their business off the field and I try to incorporate that in my personality now. I try to be a professional in everything I do now, whether it's picking up a small piece of trash when I see it. It's small, but it just kind of builds character all the time."

(on last year proving to others and himself that he could play) "I think as an athlete you have to be on the brink of cocky/confident. It is a fine line, but I think, I already knew I could play in this league; without being brash, I already knew I could play, so I think it proved to other people that were doubting me or just didn't know. Once you have that tag of undrafted free agent it's like, "Oh well, he wasn't good enough," but sometimes diamonds slip through the cracks, so hopefully I can prove I'm one of those."

(on adjusting his thinking from hoping to prove himself) "You kind of don't adjust your thinking. I was told when I was little that once you get complacent, you die a little inside. You never want to be content as a human; I don't care if it's in sports or in business or whatever, so you never want to be content. My mentality hasn't really changed; just once you get an opportunity, you have to produce. You have to show them what you can do. I wasn't up at 5:30 this offseason for nothing, so my mentality isn't, "This spot is mine." My mentality is, "This spot is going to get taken. I am going to take it." That's my mentality and it's not cocky, I just put in the work, so I feel like I deserve it."
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I also had heard nothing about it until the quotes. But after reading ALL of yesterday's quotes, you've got to love this kid.
Yep, definitely. Love this kid. I think it's going to be a great battle for the #1 RB spot and whoever wins, we win.
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Yep, definitely. Love this kid. I think it's going to be a great battle for the #1 RB spot and whoever wins, we win.
I don't think it is going to matter much who the starter is coming out of training camp. I think all these guys are going to get carries. We finally have some matchup threats in the backfield.
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I don't think it is going to matter much who the starter is coming out of training camp. I think all these guys are going to get carries. We finally have some matchup threats in the backfield.
It could end up like the Dallas Jones/Barber backfield where the defense had turn around trying to stop Felix Jones all day and then Marion Barber would come in and pound the crap out of them.

In our case, Arian Foster is going to pound the hell out of the defense for 3 quarters with Slaton burning them on occasional screen passes and then Tate comes onto the field in the 4th when the defense is tired and it's lights out.

I could live with that.
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It could end up like the Dallas Jones/Barber backfield where the defense had turn around trying to stop Felix Jones all day and then Marion Barber would come in and pound the crap out of them.

In our case, Arian Foster is going to pound the hell out of the defense for 3 quarters with Slaton burning them on occasional screen passes and then Tate comes onto the field in the 4th when the defense is tired and it's lights out.

I could live with that.
Dallas is also a good example where you have a 4th rounder starting, even though they drafted Felix Jones in the first.

Sure, Barber beat out second rounder Julius Jones straight up to earn the starting job... Foster doesn't quite have that pedigree, but the principle is the same. Foster earned the job in the regular season, it's Tate's responsibility to take it from him.
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