March 19, 2018

Mid Season Report Card: Quarterbacks and Runningbacks

This is the section of our SOTT Mid Season Report card and we will run through every position group for the Houston Texans. We focus on the quarterbacks and running backs in this post and give our thoughts on the position group.


The Quarterbacks and Running backs


Matt Schaub: Talk about a new player and new leader, Schaub has been better than ever for the Texans. His pocket awareness and decision making abilities are much better this season and he has been the biggest difference for the offense. It was apparent the offense took a step back last season when he went down with his foot injury, now the offense looks as complex as ever. The most impressive thing Schaub has been able to do is take care of the football which has made this team hard to beat. There is no question who is the offensive MVP of the team at this moment.

Arian Foster: We may be a little hard with our grade of Foster but he seems to be still searching for his groove this season. Don’t get us wrong, his touchdown numbers are impressive and he is set up to have another 1,000 yard rushing season. The reason for our lower grade is because we have seen Foster at his best when it comes to running and catching the football, he isn’t there yet. Call it the offensive line issues, but Foster can still help out with the way he hits the holes. Foster has shown flashes of what has made him successful as the Texans runningback but his slipping and negative runs concern us. We know what he can do, it is time to see more from him running the football with a burst through the hole.

Ben Tate: Probably the biggest disappointment for us this season, especially with what he was supposed to do for this offense. A fumble against the Denver Broncos, a toe injury and now a hamstring injury, Tate has been dealt a bad combination the first five games of the season. His inability to stay on the field has pushed Foster’s carries higher than anyone wants to see them. He can take so much pressure off of Foster when he runs the football, but that hasn’t happened this season. It sounds like his hamstring injury might be alittle more of an issue than we realized so seeing him back soon could be an issue. Tate needs to get healthy soon but getting him back for the latter part of the season is the priority.

Justin Forsett: Forsett has been used sparingly this season but he has everything needed to be successful in the zone running scheme. One big issue Forsett has is his pass protection skills and he negated a big gain against the Buffalo Bills with a holding call. He will be the primary back up to Foster until Tate gets back, but it would be good to see him take some more workload from Foster.

James Casey: One of the unsung players of the offense, Casey is a hybrid fullback that can give defenses fits. He still has to work to be a consistent lead blocker, but he has improved from last season. He has shown he can catch the football out of the backfield but his true value is that he can line up as a fullback, tight end or wide receiver when needed. The Texans’ personnel groupings are tough for teams to adjust to because of Casey, and he has put together a solid early part of the season. His hustle plays also seem to spark the team and he is one of those players that defines the team.


 Be on the lookout for the other report cards coming out later this week. 

You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans.


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