Even with the emergence of Ben Tate, Arian Foster should be relied on for over 20 rushes this week against the Miami Dolphins. In the past two seasons, Foster has had 20 or more carries in a game 14 times.
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has never shied away from giving his featured back a heavy workload. The team is committed to the run as much as any offense in the NFL, and Foster is more than capable of handling the workhorse role.
The Texans will also look to break in recently acquired fullback, Tyler Clutts. Kubiak will use traditional run-blocking fullbacks in the Texans' zone-blocking scheme, and Clutts will fill that role in 2012.
Clutts spoke to Nick Scurfield via the Texans' official website about fitting into the offense.
The big thing with a running back and a fullback is being on the same page and being able to play off of each other well. The running back knowing what the fullback is going to do when he inserts here, how he’s going to take that block and being consistent with your blocks so that he can get a good read off of that and anticipate. If you guys are on the same page, it allows the running back to anticipate holes were they’re going to be and hit it and break them.
It would make sense for the Texans to get Clutts acclimated to their system in a game against the Dolphins, where the Texans could have a lead to sit on for much of the game.
Foster and Clutts will need to be on the field together in order to establish a comfort level. Foster has a specific running style different from most running backs, which Clutts will need to learn.
The more time these two can have together on the field, the better it will be for Houston's running game.