Rehab from an Achilles injury limited D'Onta Foreman to just one game in 2018. But with the injury behind him, the future for the young running back looks brighter.
"He takes a lot of pride in what he's doing," head coach Bill O'Brien said on Wednesday at the Combine in Indianapolis. "He's working right now. I think next year's a big year for him. And I think he knows that. I think he'll be ready to go."
Foreman carried carried 78 times for 327 yards and a pair of scores as a rookie in 2017, before exiting in mid-November with the Achilles injury. The comeback was a hard one for Foreman, according to O'Brien.
"That's a tough rehab for a young player, a running back especially," O'Brien said. "There were some ups and downs with the rehab. He worked at the rehab, but at the end of the day he just really wasn't on schedule until the end of the year."
Foreman played in Week 16 at Philadelphia, catching a pair of passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. He also ran seven times, but lost a total of a yard. He picked up three yards on one carry in the playoff loss to the Colts, and O'Brien is hopeful Foreman will make an impact on the offense this season.
"Even when he came back, his ability to cut, his ability to change direction, his speed, I think he does a good job catching balls out of the backfield, all of that was there," O'Brien said. "It was just a matter of we were already 13, 14 games into the season, he hadn't played a lot, roles had kind of been determined at that position and it was hard for him to find his niche back. He'll begin to do that on April 15."
O'Brien, general manager Brian Gaine and the rest of the Texans coaches and front office personnel are at the Combine this week evaluating prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft. The first round is Thursday, April 25. Foreman and the Texans begin the offseason conditioning program 10 days before that.
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