Texans running back competition heats up

Veteran Alfred Blue and rookie D'Onta Foreman putting in work

By Adam Wexler - Sports Anchor/Reporter

Last offseason, the Texans grabbed Lamar Miller in free agency, then he turned in a solid season and plans to do the same in 2017 -- the question to be answered in camp is how the other guys help the team stay near the top of the league in running the football.

Alfred Blue in his fourth season, took no time on Wednesday's game and that he had no intention of losing reps to rookie D’Onta Foreman. He had just five carries, but he gained 33 yards and his final carry of the game was a 16-yard touchdown run that had him carrying Panthers into the end zone with him.

“It was just great blocking up front, made a great cut off the (and) Wendall (Williams) made a great block,” Blue said.

"So, from there, I saw the end zone and there was a safety in front of me. It was just the mindset of going in and not being denied.”

Foreman produced the Texans longest gain of the game when he burst down the right sideline for a 41-yard run early in the 4th quarter.

“It felt really good to go out there and be able to run the ball and be able to pick up my assignments, my blitz pickups and stuff like that. I think I did well," Foreman said after Friday’s practice.

"But like I said before, I went against the twos and the threes so it’s like, it’s still, I played well against the people that were out there, but I still haven’t really gotten in the flow of the real NFL,” the rookie from Texas City added.

"I’m still looking forward, still have a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to it.”

Foreman finished with 76 yards on nine carries in the game, as he continues to see most of his work with Watson in practice.

Veteran reserve running back Akeem Hunt also saw a lot of playing time carrying it twice for eight yards and totaled 38 yards on three receptions.

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