Onta Foreman’s Revenge Game
After a solid outing as a running back against the Saints, Houstonian and former Texan D’Onta Foreman has all the motivation to send a strong message to his former team.
D’Onta Foreman was selected by the Texans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. It had to be the return of the change of pace to compliment Lamar Miller while moving Alfred Blue. It didn’t work for him as legal issues, a string of injuries and inconsistent play turned the running youngster into an attacking glass cannon. It seemed like every time Foreman put it together another injury took him out of the lineup. During his sophomore year with the Texans, Foreman found his way on Bill O’Brien’s wrong side and never made it out. He ended his time in Houston and was lifted in August 2019 to Bill O’Brien’s All Doghouse team as a reward for potential that never seemed to be close at hand due to his relationship with the ‘coach.
After touring the league from island to island, Foreman returned to the Titans of Tennessee backfield following Derek Henry’s injury. His comeback was overshadowed by the flashy signing of future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson, but that didn’t stop Foreman from leading the Titans in snaps, carries and rush yards last week. . He even managed a 39-yard catch to cap off a resounding performance in his new role.
Foreman grew up in Texas City and went to University of Texas (Hook ‘Em). He trained in Houston even when he wasn’t on a roster, so this homecoming (the game is in Nashville) means more to Foreman than to anyone this week.
We haven’t talked much about Foreman’s role ahead of the game against the Texans, but Mike Vrabel won’t hesitate to let Foreman go for a rematch. Vrabel still sees his revenge with the Texans as opportunities to show off his coaching prowess, and Foreman may be the dish on which Vrabel serves his revenge.
In his titans media interview this week, Foreman embraced his role and the opportunity the Titans have given him.
“Whatever the team needs from us, I’m ready to do it. I come here everyday, I work hard, and whatever they ask me to do, I am ready to do it.
This humble attitude was acquired over many years of patience and waiting for his next opportunity in the league. Now Foreman appears to be leading a committee for the AFC Titans at 8-2, seeking their ninth win of the season against the putrid Texans. He’s “excited and ready to get down to business,” and there should be a lot of work going against a Houston defense that allows more than 136 rushing yards per game.
The Titans rely on the run more than any other team in the NFL, but sit in the middle of the field in terms of average yards per game. Foreman’s hot and cold running style relies on a lot of touches to start and can adapt well to Tennessee. The question is whether the Titans are willing to be patient with Foreman or want to take an early lead against the Texans.
However, Tennessee decides to launch their attack on Sunday shouldn’t matter. The Texans have an excruciating running defense. Foreman should have ample opportunity to get revenge on his former team.
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