Texans Running Back Arian Foster gives his ‘interview’ tips to those that will be playing in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday – Enjoy!
Texans Running Back Arian Foster gives his ‘interview’ tips to those that will be playing in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday – Enjoy!
As the Texans contemplate their offseason plans, determining the status of four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster is one of their top priorities, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Foster faces an uncertain offseason as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in October after undergoing groin surgery in August. Foster is entering the final year of a five-year, $43.5 million contract and is due a non-guaranteed $6.5 million base salary next season along with a $500,000 roster bonus to be paid $31,250 per game active. He has a $8.925 million salary-cap figure.
Whether Foster plays for the Texans again, he has been actively rehabbing from his injury and hopes to play next season.
“He’s been in our building quite a bit working hard to get back,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a really good guy, good teammate, missed being out there, obviously he wanted to be out there helping us. He’s been a great player for the Houston Texans. He’s working hard to get back.”
The Texans have to weigh Foster’s durability coming off an injury-plagued season where he had two surgeries along with his $8.925 million salary-cap figure. Foster turns 30 in August.
“Well, we’ll have to see how healthy he is,” Texans owner Bob McNair said during then NFL owners meetings this month. “But until we know that, there’s really not much you can think about.”
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS–AFC WEST (11-5) AT HOUSTON TEXANS–AFC SOUTH (9-7)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Andy Reid: 5-0||Bill O’Brien: 0-1|
|COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD||Andy Reid: 10-10||Bill O’Brien: 0-0|
|VS. COMMON OPP.||KC: 1-1 (Cin 0-1; Buf 1-0)
Hou: 1-1 (Cin 1-0; Buf 0-1)
|LAST WEEK||W 23-17 vs. Raiders||W 30-6 vs. Jaguars|
|LAST GAME||9/13/15: Chiefs 27 at Texans 20. Kansas City QB Alex Smith throws for 243 yards &
3 TDs (118.6 passer rating). Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has 6 catches for 106 yards & 2 TDs.
|LAST GAME AT SITE||9/13/15|
|BROADCAST||ESPN/ABC (4:35 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mark Malone, Scott Kaplan (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (KC), 82 (Hou). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (KC), 82 (Hou).|
|PASSING||A. Smith: 307-470-3486-20-7-95.4||Hoyer: 224-369-2606-19-7-91.4|
|RUSHING||West: 160-634-4.0-4||Blue: 183-698-3.8-2|
|RECEIVING||Maclin: 87-1088-12.5-8||Hopkins: 111 (3L)-1521 (3L)-13.7-11|
|SACKS||Houston: 7.5||Watt: 17.5 (1L)|
|INTs||Peters (R): 8 (T1L)||Hal: 4|
|PR||Thomas: 7.8||Mumphery (R): 7.8|
|KR||Davis: 25.1 (3C)||Mumphery (R): 24.1|
|PUNTING||Colquitt: 44.4||Lechler: 47.3|
|KICKING||Santos: 129 (2C) (39/41 PAT; 30/37 FG)||Novak: 83 (29/31 PAT; 18/21 FG)|
TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason play.
CHIEFS: Aim for 1st road playoff win since 1/16/94 vs. Houston Oilers in Divisional round…Have won 10 consecutive games, longest streak in club history & longest active streak in NFL. 1st team in NFL history to win 10 consecutive games & have 5-game losing streak in same season…In 3 career playoff games, QB ALEX SMITH has passed for 873 yards with 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.6 rating. Aims for 4th playoff game in row with 97+ rating. Has 3-0 record vs. Hou as starter, passing for 642 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 88.1 rating. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL in INT pct. (1.4 pct.). Rushed for 498 yards in 2015, 2nd-most among AFC QBs & most ever by Chiefs QB in season…In past 4 on road, RB CHARCANDRICK WEST is averaging 88.5 scrimmage yards per game (196 rush, 158 receiving, 354 total) & has 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 receiving)…WR JEREMY MACLIN led team with career-high 87 catches (most ever by Chiefs WR) for 1,088 yards & 8 TDs. In 2 career postseason games (with Eagles), has 10 catches for 219 yards, including 76-yard TD. In 2 career meetings at Houston, has 11 catches for 210 yards & 2 TDs. Has 6 TDs in past 7 overall, including 25-yarder last week vs. Raiders. Aims for 4th in row with TD. TE TRAVIS KELCE had career-best 72 catches in 2015, joining TONY GONZALEZ as only Chiefs TEs with 70+ receptions in single season. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in AFC & 4th in NFL amongst TEs with 1,737 receiving yards…KC led AFC & ranked 2nd in NFL with 22 INTs. Rookie CB MARCUS PETERS tied for 1st in NFL with 8 INTs (most among rookies) & 2 INT-TDs. Led NFL with club-record 280 INT-return yards. 1st rookie to tie for league lead in INTs since 2009 (JAIRUS BYRD). Has 4 INTs in past 5. In past 21, LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 22.5 sacks, 4 FF & 2 INTs. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 50.5 sacks (J.J. WATT). Had sack in only career playoff game (1/4/14 WC vs. Ind). LB TAMBA HALI posted 6.5 sacks in 2015 & has 86 career, eclipsing NEIL SMITH (85.5) for 2nd-most in franchise history. Has 2.5 sacks & 2 FF in past 2 meetings. Club had 5 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (TE Kelce, LBs Hali & Houston, S ERIC BERRY, CB Peters).
TEXANS: Won AFC South for 3rd time in club history & 1st time since 2012. Are 2-0 at home in postseason…QB BRIAN HOYER will make postseason debut. Passed for career-high 19 TDs in 11 games in 2015. In past 10, Hoyer has passed for 2,370 yards with 18 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 93.3 rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of past 10. Has won 4 of past 6 starts…RB ALFRED BLUE led team with career-high 698 rush yards. Rushed for 254 yards in past 3 (84.7 per game), incl. 2 100-yard games. Last week, RB JONATHAN GRIMES became 3rd player in Texans history with rush TD & TD catch in same game, joining RBs ARIAN FOSTER & STEVE SLATON…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS led team with 111 catches for 1,521 yards & club-record 11 TD receptions. Joined ANDRE JOHNSON as only Texans with 100 catches & 1,500 receiving yards in single season. In 2015, became 3rd-youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 career catches. In 2 career meetings, has 12 catches for 174 yards & 3 TDs, including 9 receptions for 98 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. WR NATE WASHINGTON posted 47 catches for 658 yards & 4 TDs in 1st season with Texans, including 6 catches for 105 yards vs. KC on Kickoff Weekend…Texans ranked 2nd in AFC in total defense & pass defense (210.4 yards per game). Only team in to have 2 players with 12+ sacks in 2015 – DE J.J. WATT (17.5) & LB WHITNEY MERCILUS (12). Watt led NFL with 17.5 sacks in 2015 & is 1 of 7 players to lead league twice since 1982. In past 21, has 28.5 sacks, 5 FF, 2 FR, safety, 10 PDs & TD catch. Since entering NFL 2011, leads league with 74.5 sacks. Last week, joined HOFer REGGIE WHITE (3) as only players with 15+ sacks in 3 of 1st 5 NFL seasons. Has 3 sacks & FF in 2 career meetings. Mercilus has 10 sacks in past 10, including 3.5 last week vs. Jaguars. LB BRIAN CUSHING led team with 110 tackles. S ANDRE HAL led team with career-best 4 INTs, including 31-yard TD in Week 6 vs. Jaguars. In past 3 at home, LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY has 2.5 sacks…Club had 2 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (WR Hopkins & DE Watt).
Texans inactives: QB Brian Hoyer, WR Cecil Shorts, DB Darryl Morris, S Rahim Moore, LB Justin Tuggle, OG Oday Aboushi, TE Garrett Graham
Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, WR Demaris Johnson, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Josh Aubrey, OL Jeremiah Poutasi, WR Andrew Turzilli, DE Ropati Pitoitua
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From around the NFL, there was some exciting news for the Houston Texans on several fronts. First, the Texans beat the New York Jets 24-17 for the team’s third victory in a row. In the process, they pulled even at 5-5 and are now considered a legitimate threat to the division leading Indianapolis Colts that have the same record, but currently hold the first tie-breaker on the basis of beating the Texans earlier in the season 27-20 in Houston.
The Texans were led this past week by All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who caught 5 passes for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the process of leading his team to victory, Hopkins passed a very important milestone. He became the third-youngest player in NFL history to catch 200 passes for a total of over 3,000 yards. He was able to pass both milestones when he caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback T.J. Yates at the 3:04 mark of the second quarter. Adding injury to insult for the Jets, he beat All-Pro defensive back Darrell Revis on the play by getting behind him on a long pass down the middle.
In just 10 games this season, Hopkins has 76 receptions for 1,045 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has already established career highs in receptions and TD passes with six games still remaining on the schedule. He is poised to end the season with a slash line of 120 receptions/1,630 yards/14 TDs. He currently ranks first in the league for touchdown receptions and third in both receptions and yards.
Hopkins was born and raised in Central, South Carolina. As a high school athlete, he excelled in football, basketball and track. He eventually chose football and signed to play his college ball close to home at Clemson. He played three years for the Tigers before declaring for the NFL draft at the end of his junior season. During the 2012 season as a junior, he had one of the great statistical years in conference history with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and a school-record 18 touchdowns. His work was good enough to earn him honors as a Third-team All-American (2012).
For only the second time in franchise history, the Texans chose a wide receiver in the first round when they took Hopkins with the 27th pick overall. He was eventually signed to a four-year deal worth over $7.6 million. During his first season with the team, he was used mostly as a third option, but managed to catch 52 passes for 802 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Last year, he came back and established himself as an up and coming star in the NFL. He caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards and 6 touchdowns. When ask about the immense talent Hopkins posses, Head Coach Bill O’Brien said “Hopkins is a heck of a player.” He’s big, he’s got really good hands, he’s fast, very smart player, understands leverage. These guys, any receiver that I’ve been around (and) I’ve been very fortunate to be around some really elite receivers, they’re very intelligent players and that’s what he is.”
For now, Hopkins has the look of a superstar for years to come.
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Among all the hero worship and fanatical support, it easy to forget that professional athletes are people too. They are just as likely to encounter personal problems as any other human being on the planet. In some ways, dealing with these personal problems are more difficult for the athlete who is often faced with legitimate concerns about exposing their weaknesses in a cynical world where far too many people want to see them fall.
In a recent interview, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster sat down to discuss his past problems with alcohol abuse and how intense counseling restored him back to a better way of living, which may have saved both his NFL career and his life.
Before he was willing to seek help for an escalating alcohol problem, he counted himself among the individuals who were reluctant to admit to their illness for fear they would suffer the consequences of being seen as weak. The stigma of any type of mental illness for a professional athlete, once exposed, tends to get played out in a variety of ways in the media. For Foster, he chose the bottle instead of looking to face his problems.
As Foster describes it, everything changed when he finally decided to seek help. “It just got to a point where I just threw my hands in the air and I was like: ‘This is going to kill me,'” adding “So I went and got help and it was the best decision I ever made.”
As is the case with most people who find themselves dealing with an addiction, it took a life-changing event to convince Foster that the time had come to make some major changes in his life. That decision was prompted when he found himself dealing with his impending divorce from Romina, the wife he loved very much. In a moment of clarity, he explains “This is extremely personal, but I was just not the best husband. I just wasn’t. And that was because I didn’t know how to be a husband. … I was out there just trying to wing it.”
The loss forced him into counseling, a step he is now eternally grateful he took. Through working with his counselor, he has been able to put his destructive behavior in check and now finds himself gaining strength as he continues to develop the emotional skills to deal with life’s issues without the need to self-medicate.
Foster’s new found resolve couldn’t have come at a better time. With a history of injuries on the field twice so far this this season, he has suffered a serious injury, including a season ending Achilles tear that might end up costing him the rest of his career. While certainly disappointed, he seems to be taking it all in stride due to his recent growth as a man who is coming to terms with his demons.
In an effort to pay forward his good fortune of getting his life back from addiction, Foster has joined forces with the Jets’ Brandon Marshall’s PROJECT 375 organization. This non-profit group’s charter is to help fellow athletes learn to embrace their mental disorders and frailties. By helping to remove the stigma of having to deal with these types of personal issues, the hope is more of these athletes will seek the help they need.
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Texans defensive ends J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus must have woken up hungry on Sunday, because they sure did have a feast against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The two defensive studs dominated the Titans, combining for six of Houston’s seven sacks and 13 of the 14 hits on Titans QB Zach Mettenberger in the Texans 20-6 win.
The Titans got a quick field goal on their opening drive to make it 3-0, but then the Texans defense got serious, laying a beating down on Mettenberger and the Tennessee offensive line that they could do nothing about.
”We had to get the win,” coach Bill O’Brien said. ”It wasn’t pretty. But who cares? It’s a win.”
The win was critical for the Texans, who a week ago found themselves down 41-0 at halftime to the Miami Dolphins. They were disgraced, and Sunday they took it out on their AFC South rival.
Brian Hoyer threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns to help the Texans offense score more than enough. The first TD went to DeAndre Hopkins from 21 yards out, and the second to former Titans WR Nate Washington from 42 yards out to make it 17-6 late in the third quarter.
Alfred Blue started in place of the injured Arian Foster and had 40 yards rushing and 33 yards receiving.
The offensive line for the Titans was no match for the Texans, as on the day Mettenberger was hit 14 times, and sacked 7 times.
“We played like (expletive) today,” Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said of the offensive line. “We’re upset about it. We need to do better. I need to do better.”
Lewan, who has been fighting injuries, allowed at least two of the sacks, and rookie tackle Jeremiah Poutasi was also beaten several times.
“It was obvious he was struggling out there today,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Poutasi. “We tried to get him through it, but it was just tough.”
Watt, who tied a career high with 20 1/2 sacks last season, has more sacks through eight games this season (8 1/2) than he did through eight games last year (7).
”That’s the type of defense we expect to be,” Watt said.
The Texans are on the bye next week, and then travel to Cincinnati to play the undefeated Bengals on November 15th.
Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, CB Perrish Cox, RB Terrance West, G Quinton Spain, WR Harry Douglas, DE Ropati Pitoitua, DT Mike Martin
Texans inactives: CB Kareem Jackson, LB Akeem Dent, C Greg Mancz, LB Benardrick McKinney, WR Cecil Shorts, S Rahim Moore, LB Kourtnei Brown