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Texans | Dissecting run-game problems

A big part of Houston Texans RB Arian Foster's struggles last season can be blamed on the right side of the offensive line. The front five's continuity was broken when Houston had to replace their right tackle and right guard. Foster didn't look as spry in 2012 as he did in the two previous years, but Houston had issues eliminating penetration and sealing the edge. Foster's drop-off in aggressive cut-back runs can be blamed on both his hesitation to execute them and the line's flaws with cut-back blocks last year. Houston also needs to keep aggressive downhill linebackers at bay with more play-action passes.

Fantasy Tip: This zone-blocking system feeds on precision up front, and when it's not there, even talented guys like Foster can drop off. Of course, though this article downplays it, the RB's workload, along with his current calf injury, can't be ignored. It's too soon in the offseason to cement him as the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick, as it's more likely that the combination of things working against him would leave such drafters disappointed. As long as he's healthy, however, he's still likely to finish as a first-round asset because of the volume of his work. Hopefully you're not drafting until August or September so we can offer you the best idea of his value.

2013-06-20 10:07:24 | Source: Houston Chronicle - Lance Zierlein

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