- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 9.
Arian Foster made one big mistake when he failed to complete a touchdown catch, costing his team points. After the game, Foster said he was “not too clear on the rule” regarding controlling the ball through the catch, which is disappointing considering the attention given to Calvin Johnson's non-catch on a critical fourth-quarter play against the Bears earlier in the season.
Still, on a day when two AFC South teams lost and two didn’t play, he was the clear choice as the division’s High Energy Player of the Week.
Against the Chargers, he recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 27 carries, 127 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for a team-high 70 yards, including a screen he turned into 33 yards in the fourth quarter, when he didn’t get enough touches.
Foster produced half of the team's yards on offense.
He showed vision, athleticism and power, and he was a problem for the Chargers. While it’s hard to top Andre Johnson overall, Foster just might rank as the team’s next-best player right now.
“He’s been doing some good stuff,” coach Gary Kubiak said.
He’s running and catching with confidence, and Kubiak should lean on him hard in Jacksonville on Sunday.