The Houston Texans will receive a boost this season from a healthy star running back by the name of Arian Foster, who missed too much time last season forcing the team to rely on former RB Ben Tate and second-year RB Dennis Johnson to carry the load. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Foster and Johnson, Houston signed former New York Giant Andre Brown and then selected an undervalued runner from LSU in Alfred Blue.
Blue, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound running back, suffered through numerous issues at LSU dealing with an ACL tear and never being given the opportunity to be the No. 1 back on the team due to the mass amount of talent the college had at the running back position.
Blue has the look that Houston loves in its running backs along with the patience, vision and instincts the team covets in its runners. His long-speed is not exceptional, but it is quite good for a back his size. He runs with power and uses the strength of his legs to run through arm tackles and fight for extra yardage whenever necessary. He also has little “wear and tear” on his body, which is not typical of a running back coming from the college system anymore. Blue only averaged roughly 52 carries per season with the Tigers due to the amount of talent the team had at running back.
He does lack the initial quickness and explosiveness needed to be a game changer from the running back position and does not possess the lateral agility for sweeps and toss plays. He needs work in his pass protection technique and needs a ton of work as a route runner out of the backfield.
Blue will likely be in a battle with Johnson for playing time this season as Foster and Brown are the No. 1 and No. 2 backs respectively. Look for Blue to challenge Johnson hard for that No. 3 spot and could even see some snaps this season if an injury to either of the top two backs were to happen. Remember this kid’s name.
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