On Foster's role in O'Brien's offense

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
4:02
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I inadvertently started a small ruckus on Twitter this afternoon, which is not hard to do, but it was not my intention when I tweeted Texans coach Bill O'Brien's comparison of running back Arian Foster's skill set to that of Kevin Faulk or Danny Woodhead.

What he meant was a little more complex than I probably captured in my tweet.

Foster's pass-catching ability has pleased O'Brien so far this offseason.

"He's got really good hand-eye coordination," O'Brien said. "He's got good hands. He's an instinctive player, so he has a good idea about how to get open. And he enjoys being involved in the passing game both on a protection basis and obviously on routes."

O'Brien has set out to figure out the best fits each players' skills offer in his system. As a three-down back, Foster's ability can be maximized if he has a significant role in both the running game and the passing game. That's where the Woodhead and Faulk comparisons came into play.

"In the past we've had guys like Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead in this offense that have filled those types of roles," O'Brien said. "Now it looks like definitely Arian will be able to do that and more."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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