O'BRIEN EXPLAINED THE DISAPPOINTING SECOND SEASON OF FOREMAN'S CAREER

O'Brien: Foreman issues not injury related

D'Onta Foreman. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Bill O'Brien revealed Wednesday the lackluster return from an Achilles injury by second-year running back D'Onta Foreman was due to rust and a late-season return to the team, not lingering effects from injury.

"I think anytime you get injured your rookie year I think that's hard," O'Brien said. He characterized Foreman's rehab as a "tough" one coming back from the torn Achilles. He also said there were "ups and downs" with Foreman's rehab.

"He worked at the rehab but at the end of the day he just wasn't on schedule until the end of the year," O'Brien said. "So when he came on in the end of the year it was almost too late. He was rusty, hadn't played a lot of football."

There was serious concern about Foreman's ability to bounce back from the injury. A study in Foot and Ankle International deduced running backs see significant drop-off in their abilities and talent after an Achilles injury.

O'Brien didn't see that in Foreman. He said when Foreman returned, despite the poor production, he didn't see the big rollback in his skills.

"All of that was there," O'Brien said.

Despite the body being right Foreman managed to see action in just one game in the regular season rushing for negative one yards and catching two passes for 28 yards and one touchdown.

Foreman is heading into his third season with the team and O'Brien said it is a "big year" for Foreman and "he knows that" when it comes to the expectations for him. O'Brien had faith his third-year back would meet the challenge.

"I think he'll be ready to go."

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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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