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D’Onta Foreman Arrested: The Fallout

The Texans’ rookie running back was a popular late-round flier. Now what?

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A popular late-round running back target, Texans’ rookie D’Onta Foreman was arrested early Sunday morning. He was arrested for Unlawful Carrying of Weapons and Possession of Marijuana, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Foreman was a prime target for #SFB7 drafters, as 47 owners had already called his name at the time of this writing. This news doesn’t necessarily spell doom for those teams, but it is disconcerting. From what I can gather, if Foreman pleads guilty/no contest, it’s likely he’ll receive a four-game suspension. That certainly dampens the season-long outlook for a rookie. He’ll be missing valuable repetitions if he does incur a suspension.

This boosts Lamar Miller somewhat, though there are some in the industry who feel Miller is actually better in timeshare. Since the Texans gave Alfred Blue 100 carries last season, it appears they may agree.

Blue is the in-house candidate to see extra work in Foreman’s absence, though his career 3.6 YPC leaves a lot to be desired. Tyler Ervin stands all of 5’10” and weighs 185 pounds, so he will probably retain a minimal role on offense outside of his return duties. Of these two, Blue is most likely to see additional carries behind Miller.

The real question, though, is whether or not the Texans will stick with their in-house options or go out and add some veteran help at the position. It is common knowledge that Ryan Mathews (age 29) is eventually getting ditched by Philadelphia, and Mathews would be interesting given his age and past history of production. But Rashad Jennings (age 32) has also expressed optimism at being signed by a team prior to the season’s start. Jennings contends he is in the “best shape of his life,” for what it’s worth. Maybe all that dancing paid off in more than one way.

Anyway, overall this is sobering news for a young guy who clearly needs to exercise better decision-making and could probably benefit from a better circle of friends.

In the fake game, however, we need to take action. Who benefits the most from this news, in your opinion?

Poll

Who benefits the most from the Foreman news?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Lamar Miller
    (18 votes)
  • 27%
    Alfred Blue
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    Tyler Ervin
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    Ryan Mathews
    (2 votes)
  • 25%
    Rashad Jennings
    (11 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now