D’Onta Foreman, the Texans 2017 third round selection, was released by the Houston Texans and claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts. After having a productive college career at Texas, which included winning the Doak Walker Award, he has struggled to stay healthy in the NFL which ultimately is part of the reason that he was released by the Texans.
An additional aspect to Foreman’s release was his reported lack of preparation and work ethic. Head coach Bill O’Brien had reportedly grown tired of his late arrivals to meetings and overall lack of preparation. While his time on the Texans is now done, many still view him as a high upside back who has a lot of potential if he can stay on the field. Here is what this move means for both teams.
What Foreman Signing Means For the Colts
With the acquisition on D’Onta Foreman, the Colts have added another solid running back to compete for the backup spot. While Marlon Mack is the clear starter, the Colts have not yet solidified the depth chart behind him. Spencer Ware was just placed on reserve/PUP list, making room for Foreman to compete with the likes of Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines, and Johnathan Williams, among others. While Foreman’s roster spot is not guaranteed, this low-risk, potential high-reward pick-up is a smart move by the Colts. Foreman’s torn Achilles in his rookie season has stalled his career, but now that he is recovered from that injury he has another chance to prove himself and have a fresh start in Indianapolis.
What Foreman’s Release Means For the Texans
Some were surprised by his release, others saw it coming. Originally, Foreman was seen by many as the eventual heir to the throne that is the Houston Texans starting running back spot. Either way, Foreman is no longer a Texan and Houston now has some question marks behind Lamar Miller, the clear starter. Buddy Howell and Josh Ferguson are next in line to see more work, however they have basically no NFL experience. Nine year veteran Taiwan Jones is also on the team, as well Damarea Crockett, all names that could push for the top back up spot behind Miller. Look for some of these names to try and prove their worth when the Texans take on the Packers in their preseason opener on Thursday.
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