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Arian Foster

29-Year-Old Running Back – Free Agent

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Foster had trouble staying healthy for a second straight season in 2014, with groin, hip, knee and multiple hamstring injuries slowing him throughout the year and in August reports surfaced that he wo...

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2015 ADP:  50.74

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STATUS:  Questionable     INJURY:  Achilles
HT: 6' 1"   WT: 227   DOB: 8/24/1986
College: Tennessee  Show ContractHide Contract


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Released by Houston in March of 2016.

May 26, 2016  –  Arian Foster News

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Foster (Achilles) said he probably needs another month to get back into top shape, ABC 13 Houston reports.

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Arian Foster NFL Stats
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  Rushing Rush Distance Big Rush Games Receiving Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2009 22 6 54 257 3 4.8 0 0 - - - 8 93 11.6 0 0 - - - - - -
2010 23 Hou 16 327 1616 16 4.9 8 2 8 2 1 66 604 9.2 2 84 0 0 0 0 3 2
2011 24 Hou 13 278 1224 10 4.4 7 2 7 2 0 53 617 11.6 2 72 0 0 0 0 5 3
2012 25 Hou 16 351 1424 15 4.1 9 1 7 2 0 40 217 5.4 2 58 0 0 0 0 3 2
2013 26 Hou 8 121 542 1 4.5 2 0 2 0 0 22 183 8.3 1 35 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 27 Hou 13 260 1246 8 4.8 9 3 7 2 0 38 327 8.6 5 59 0 0 0 0 2 2
2015 28 Hou 4 63 163 1 2.6 0 0 0 0 0 22 227 10.3 2 28 0 0 0 0 2 1
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Arian Foster Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Rec/G Yds/G YPT In20 In10 In5
2009 22 6 8.8 10.2 9.5 9 43 0 0 0 1 16 0.0 0 0 0
2010 23 Hou 16 20.6 24.8 22.7 20 101 56 35 19 4 38 7.2 11 3 1
2011 24 Hou 13 19.7 23.8 21.7 21 94 56 27 12 4 47 8.6 10 8 5
2012 25 Hou 16 16.6 19.1 17.9 22 89 80 42 26 3 14 3.7 9 5 2
2013 26 Hou 8 10.6 13.3 11.9 15 68 14 7 3 3 23 5.2 3 2 0
2014 27 Hou 13 18.4 21.3 19.9 20 96 32 14 10 3 25 5.5 10 4 2
2015 28 Hou 4 14.3 19.8 17.0 16 41 9 2 1 6 57 8.1 4 1 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

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Offensive Snaps in 2015

Arian Foster was on the field for 190 of his team's snaps on offense in 2015.


Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Arian Foster was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Off ST
2013 327 0
2014 621 0
2015 190 0
Arian Foster 2015 Game Log
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Week Opp Off ST Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5

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Arian Foster: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Foster (Achilles) visited the Dolphins on Tuesday but left without a contract offer, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Afterward, Miami executive Mike Tannenbaum told Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald that Foster is "a little bit away" from being healthy.

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Foster is five months removed from tearing the Achilles in his right foot, so it's no surprise that he remains in the midst of rehabilitation. Coming off a three-year span in which he appeared in 25 of a possible 48 games, an incentive-laden deal is likely in the 29-year-old's future, but a team such as the Dolphins could use his veteran presence to groom 2015 fifth-round pick Jay Ajayi with Lamar Miller poised to serve as Foster's replacement in Houston. While other organizations are sure to inquire about Foster, his status for the 2016 campaign remains in limbo.
Foster (Achilles) is scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Foster continues to progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles in his right foot, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Foster is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn Achilles, with the expectation that he'll be ready for training camp, Tania Ganguli of reports.

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Foster (Achilles) will be released by the Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Foster was limited to just four games in 2015, as the injury-plagued back saw a full 16-game season just twice in his seven-year career with the Texans. Although GM Rick Smith noted last week that the financial factor would not come into play with the veteran back, a pending cap hit of nearly $9 million is tough to be ignored. The move has yet to be made official by the team, but once it is, the 29-year-old back will likely have to catch on with a low-risk deal elsewhere, as he is coming off another serious injury heading into his eighth NFL season. Foster certainly had a great run in Houston, finishing his tenure there having collected more rushing yards (6,472) and touchdowns (54) than any other back to have played for the team. He'll turn 30 in August, however, and considering the lengthy injury history, many would argue that his best seasons, both in real life and fantasy, are likely behind him.
When asked about Foster's (Achilles) future with the Texans, GM Rick Smith noted Thursday "as it relates to all the free agent conversations, I'm never going to tell you one way or the other what we're doing, but I will tell you this: His salary is not a reason why we would cut Arian," the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Foster's 2013 was cut short by a ruptured disc in his back that required surgery and essentially limited him to six games, though he took a total of nine snaps in the two other games for which he suited up. However, offseason reports on his back have been quite positive, which bodes well for the elusive, touchdown-hawking back. A big load at 6-1, 227, Foster is more about making people miss than breaking tackles, but he's a multifaceted offensive weapon who had scored 41 touchdowns in three years entering last season. Unfortunately, the Texans Ė thanks to a combination of QB trouble and a seeming attempt to keep Foster's back healthy by curbing his goal-line usage Ė only let him carry three times inside the five in the injury-shortened campaign. But now Foster's seemingly healthy, while Ben Tate is out of town. The bigger team-context issue is quarterback Ė despite a depth chart full of backups, Houston didn't draft a signal-caller until the fourth round. Of course, that could result in a run-heavy approach and a bounce-back season for Foster even if he doesn't hit double-digit touchdowns.


The smooth, long-striding Foster is a perfect fit for the Texans' zone-blocking system, which takes great advantage of Foster's ability to make effortless jump cuts and slip to the second level of a defense. That system has helped him hit at least 1,600 total yards each year as a starter. But what really sets Foster apart are the touchdowns. In three years as a starter Foster has racked up a league-high 47 scores in 45 regular-season games, with no fewer than 12 in any year (Adrian Peterson is a distant second among running backs with 39 over this period). This is a direct result of Houston's heavy preference for rushing inside the red zone and in particular the 10-yard line. Foster led the league for the third consecutive year in red-zone carries with a career-high 80 last year, and his 42 carries inside the 10-yard line were 11 more than the next closest running back's. Foster does not come without risk, however. He piled up 405 carries last season, including the playoffs, and his three-year total of 956 regular-season rushes is 100 more than that of any other back. Moreover, he saw his YPC drop last season to a career-low 4.1, and after consecutive years with 600-plus receiving yards, he totaled only 217 last season. Foster is also dealing with an irregular heartbeat that could flare up at any time, as it did in Week 16 last year. On the plus side, he looks good to go after calf and back issues slowed him in training camp. The Texans also have another capable tailback in Ben Tate -- who likely will pilfer some touches -- but in doing so, the team hopes to keep Foster intact and as fresh as possible as the season rolls along.


Foster got off to a slow start last year, as he suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason that ultimately limited him to just 10 carries over the first three games. He returned with a vengeance after that, as his 1,841 yards from scrimmage was the third most in football, despite him missing 3.5 contests. Foster fumbled five times over the final four games (including another in the playoffs), but thereís little else to question about his skills, and few backs are as active as receivers. He plays in the NFLís premier run scheme, and with Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson returning to health and an upstart defense thatís suddenly among the best in football, Fosterís situation looks even better entering 2012. Ben Tate has emerged as a more than capable backup, but the Texans tied for the NFL lead with 34.1 rushing attempts per game last season, and thereís little doubt Foster is their workhorse. Moreover, Tateís presence could be viewed as a positive, as Foster owners who make sure to secure his services in the middle rounds would see little drop off if their top pick went down with a serious injury. Fosterís excellent vision and one-cut ability is a perfect fit for Houstonís zone-blocking scheme, so more big production should be in store.


Foster came seemingly out of nowhere to become the No. 1 fantasy back by a wide margin last year, which shows just how much opportunity and context matter when it comes to running backs. Entering the year with just 54 career carries, Foster led the NFL in rushing yards (1,616), rushing touchdowns (16) and also finished first among RBs with 604 receiving yards. Itís important to note the Texans had one of the best run blocking units in the NFL, which benefitted Foster greatly. His 22 goal-line carries were the second-most in football, though he deserves credit for converting them at a strong rate (45 percent). He broke 49 total tackles, which ranked sixth in the league, but it required a lot of volume, as his per-touch missed tackle percentage (12.5) was well outside the top-15 RBs. While Houston projects to field a strong offense in 2011, the offensive line will have to remain dominant for Foster to reprise anything approaching last yearís massive success. Foster had minor knee surgery in February but is expected to recover for the start of training camp.


Foster didnít receive his first NFL carry until Week 14 last year, but he made the most of his opportunity, totaling 242 yards with three touchdowns over the final two games of the season. Fosterís an undrafted back with no qualities that stand out, but he was still running with the first team in May minicamp. So even with heavy competition from Steve Slaton and rookie Ben Tate, Foster belongs on the radar. Foster plays in a terrific offensive environment in Houston and has his coachesí trust, so if another opportunity presents itself, he would fast become a major force.


Texans general manager Rick Smith bypassed taking a running back in the draft, when much pre-draft analysis viewed it a position of need. Smith viewed it that way, too, but opted for what he perceived were better-value value picks, and was left to sign undrafted free agents. After an early injury during training camp, Foster got some looks late in the preseason, but will open the season on the practice squad. He's learned the offense and should be available if injuries hit.