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Kubiak Clarifies Foster & Ward’s Role

Gary Kubiak clarified Arian Foster and Derrick Ward’s roles in a press conference this week starting with whether Foster reminded Kubiak of any his former Denver Bronco running backs:

“No. I don’t know who he would remind me of. But he’s a nice addition to our team; very tough, very tough to tackle. The thing that’s been interesting has been his explosiveness, his big plays. I told him in front of the team today, ‘If you carry the ball three times and gain 58 yards, you ought to touch it a few more times.’ So, I’ve been very impressed with what he’s done. He’s handled his pass protection good. We need to play him more with Arian to keep Arian fresh. He’s been a very, very nice addition to our team.”

Throughout the season it has been clear that Derrick Ward is the number two back behind Arian Foster.  Steve Slaton has returned to his drafted position, third down/situational back, and Ward will continue to come in to keep Foster fresh.  Foster on the other hand will depend on the Texans ability to keep the game close.  The team was blown out of two games this year and have often found themselves fighting to stay in games, diminishing opportunities for Foster to carry the ball.  The Texans return on their bye to face their Week 1 foe and division rival, the Indianaoplis Colts.  The Monday Night game next week will be a national showcase for the Texans offense to harp on the injured Colts.  Tight end Dallas Clark on the IR, wide receiver Austin Collie is likely out and running back Joseph Addai is dealing with a shoulder injury.  Although they’re on a bye along with the Texans, the Texans should have the upper advantage and enable the opportunity to bring up Foster’s carries per game average.

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One Response to “Kubiak Clarifies Foster & Ward’s Role”

  1. As good as Foster has been, they do need to keep him fresh since he has already run way more yards this season than he did last season and the beating he has taken is far more severe than any he took at the college level. I hope Foster can remain the top back in the league.

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