Texans head coach Bill O'Brien recently compared Arian Foster to Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead in his ability to catch passes. O'Brien coached those two players while he was with the Patriots. O'Brien said "it looks like definitely Arian will be able to do that and more.
"What the most important thing to do is to make sure that you look at the player's skill set and figure out how they fit your system, or our system," O'Brien said, "and so what we do is when we have a back that is a three-down back as Arian is, a guy that can play on first, second and third down, then you're finding ways to incorporate him into the passing game and the running game and it really works out well for your offense."
That Foster will be used often in the passing game isn't a revelation by any means; he averaged 53 catches per year during those three "healthy" seasons. And I certainly don't blame O'Brien for thinking this way; the Texans aren't flush with outstanding, proven receivers, and their No. 1 stud, Andre Johnson @johnson80, is an unhappy 32-year-old. It's just another hint that Foster might flirt with 400 touches again. You need to feel comfortable with assuming the significant injury risk that he brings if you are going to draft Foster in the first round or two, but it's difficult to put into words how productive he could be if he plays a full schedule.