Stats & Info fills us in on Arian Foster

Arian Foster’s been a revelation this season.

I was super skeptical coming into the season. The team was high on him and he was going to get a great chance, but a couple big games at the end of the 2009 season weren’t enough to convince me he was going to be a premier back. (Hey, they might have loved him, but they also draft Ben Tate in the second round. Tate was lost for the year with a preseason injury.)

Matt Willis of ESPN Stats and Information does a nice job giving us some context in this post.

"If Foster finishes the season on his current pace, he’d have 1,640 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, just the ninth player since the NFL-AFL merger (since 1970), to hit those numbers in a season. A list that includes names such as Emmitt Smith, Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson."

Willis tells us, too, of Foster’s effectiveness near the goal line, an area that was a major problem a year ago.

If the Texans could have built that on top of what they had, they’d be in great shape. Unfortunately, they made a major improvement in red-zone rushing and have endured a bunch of new problems to more than offset it.