Found July 15, 2012 on 60 Max Power O:
Houston_texans_v_b190

In Texans 101’s continued preview of training camp position battles, we move to running back, which proved to be a strength for the Houston Texans in 2011. Like the quarterbacks analyzed Wednesday, there isn’t much left to the imagination when it comes to the depth and playing time at running back. Arian Foster is the starter, he leads the NFL in combined rushing yards the past two seasons. Ben Tate is the number two after running for 942 yards as a backup for Foster. The Texans brought in former Seattle Seahawk Justin Forsett after informing last season’s #3 RB Derrick Ward he would not be returning. Lastly, the Texans brought in undrafted rookie free agents Jonathan Grimes and Davin Meggett following the 2012 NFL Draft.

At the top of the depth chart, Texans fans shouldn’t expect any changes from last year. Foster is going to get the bulk of the carries and playing time, but Tate is going to see his fair share of touches as well. Tate is perhaps the NFL’s best non-starting running back, and the Texans know it. The Texans’ entire offensive scheme revolves around a solid offensive line and dominant play from their running backs, so look for Foster and Tate to continue being the focal points of the offense. Both run well between the tackles and are effective out of the backfield as pass catchers, especially Foster. Last season, the Texans finished second in the NFL in rushing and baring injuries to both Foster and Tate, should finish among the top five again in 2012.

Justin Forsett will likely be the team’s #3 RB. Forsett is an interesting addition to the Texans roster because he doesn’t fit the same mold as the other running backs on the team, both in the recent past and present. In five NFL seasons, Forsett has only rushed for 1,287 yards (about 257 yards per season). Forsett has been more effective in the passing game and on special teams, which is where he figures to make his impact with the Texans. The positive is he adds a different dimension to the Texans’ backfield. The negative is that he doesn’t exactly fit into the Texans’ offensive running scheme. This really isn’t a big issue because Forsett probably will not get many carries between the tackles or see much playing time in the backfield in general. What does become concerning is what happens if either Foster or Tate (or both) go down with injury. Both players get a lot of touches and each spent part of 2011 injured, so it’s not a far-fetched scenario. Because Forsett isn’t the same type of between the tackles runner, the Texans’ offense could hit a speed bump is Forsett is thrown into more action than the Texans anticipate. Texans fans should look for Forsett to make an immediate impact on special teams and some in the passing game, but should be cautious if Forsett is forced into additional duties. 

Then there is Grimes and Meggett. Since the Texans value the running back position given its importance to the offense, the team will most likely carry one of these two on their practice squad. The Texans will probably keep the one that is most like Foster and Tate and thus best fits their scheme. Should either Grimes or Meggett really jump out and impress, it could make the injury scenario much less stressful since they could be called up from the practice squad and help fill the void left by injury. The Texans organization has already proved they can find hidden running back gems after the draft when they found Foster, so hopefully they strike gold again with either Grimes or Meggett. This is really the only competition at the running back position for the Texans, as one of these two will likely be cut following training camp.

In 2012, the running back position will continue to be a major strength for the Texans. Foster and Tate make up the NFL’s top 1-2 punch and Forsett adds a nice change of pace to the backfield. Grimes and Meggett have potential to surprise, but will probably start on the practice squad due to how crowded the Texans’ backfield is. No matter how the bottom of the depth chart shakes out, the Texans are in excellent shape at the running back position. 

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

The Different Faces of James Casey

When it comes to talking about Houston Texans’ fullback James Casey, his true position as a player is up for debate. Considered the starting fullback and the second tight end in the “Tiger” formation, according to Head Coach Gary Kubiak, he has more importance to the Texans’ offense than fans realize. After Casey missed a few games after hurting his pectoral against the...

Monday Photo Fun Texans Style : Volume 5

We continue our photo feature on State of the Texans begun in the interest of entertaining throughout the off-season. We are collecting pictures of our Houston Texans players as they share their activities on Twitter or, in the future, as we receive them and sharing them with the State of the Texans family. Enjoy, and if you see any candid or posed Texans pictures, share with us...

Texans Already Getting a Sign?

Look what is going on at Reliant. Thanks to Jonathan LaCour for this photo via his Twitter. Too cool not to share. Check out the big guy upstairs celebrating our upcoming season!!! @HoustonTexans twitter.com/_JonLaCour_/st… — Jonathan LaCour (@_JonLaCour_) July 16, 2012

Texans Duane Brown married radio host and MTV personality Devon “Devi Dev” Anjelica

In more summer wedding updates, Texans Duane Brown married radio host and MTV personality Devon “Devi Dev” Anjelica in California over the weekend. My favorite details of the wedding? Devi Dev is from LA so she made sure that the westside stamp was felt throughout the ceremony. The two wed at Santa Susana, California’s Hummingbird [...]

Texans QB Schaub presents check to hospital

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub isn't quite ready to talk football. Schaub and his wife, Laurie, presented a 200,000 check to the Texas Children's Hospital on Monday, a donation through the couple's Gr8 Hope Foundation. Schaub wears No. 8. Last year, the couple raised 108,000 for a playroom at the hospital's campus west of Houston and this...

Houston Texans Release Themes for 2012 Home Games

The Houston Texans have announced the themes for their ten preseason and regular season home games this upcoming 2012 season. Per usual, the list includes Battle Red Day where the team will wear their all-red uniforms, Pink Ribbon Day to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and fan appreciation day to close the season. Below is the complete list of home games and the corresponding...

Houston Texans CB Johnathan Joseph praises organization, bashes Cincinnati Bengals

Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph has made no secret his distaste for his former employer. Joseph spent the first five seasons of his NFL career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Houston Texans last year as a free agent. In Joseph’s latest stab at the Bengals organization, he used the Texans as a comparative baseline to illustrate the major financial...

Johnathan Joseph praises the Texans while taking a jab at the Bengals

Getty Images Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph recently sat down with Barry Byers of The Herald and told him how different things are with the Texans then they were with the Bengals. “The first thing about Houston is it’s an organization run from a different perspective,” Joseph told Barry Byers of The Herald in a Sunday Q&A. “In Cincy, the team lives off...

Houston Texans 2012 NFL Season Preview

Offense The Texans broke out in 2011, won the AFC South with 10 wins, and made the playoffs for the 1st time in their franchise’s still short history. What’s even more impressive is the fact that they did this despite their quarterback and their #1 (and only good) wide receiver only playing in the same game together 4 times, thanks to injuries. When Matt Schaub went down, this...

Camp preview: Texans, 49ers

To get you fully prepared for the unofficial start of the NFL season, we're ranking every team from worst to first in the weeks leading up to the opening of training camps. Every day we'll be previewing two teams, one from each conference, analyzing them from top to bottom and giving you all you need to know to be an informed fan. What's the major storyline heading...

Fantasy Football 2012: Debate Over No. 1 Pick

Walking through my local Vegas grocery stores, I always find myself in the magazine area. Tonight I saw seven, yes seven, fantasy football magazines. This can only mean one thing, we all have way too much time on our hands, or that the fantasy football season is right around the corner. Being that it is only July there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered. The...

NFL fantasy football rookie sensations to 2nd year slumps.

You never know what you are going to get in a sophomore fantasy football player.  For God’s sake, 85% of American don’t even know the dance moves to the National Anthem, so how do you expect to get things right in a fantasy football draft?  I understand.  I am here to help.  Now lets break this dance party down with some fantasy football words of wisdom from CT.Do you remember...
Texans News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.