Arian Foster is out for the game with a hamstring injury. #TexansGameDay— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 20, 2013
Tate has been one of the most talented second-string halfbacks in the NFL since the Texans drafted him in 2010. He entered Sunday’s action with an average of 5.3 yards per carry on the year. And Tate has traditionally blown up when given the workload on the ground.
When Foster was out in Week 1 of the 2011 regular season with a hamstring injury, Tate rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown. It would be his first of four 100-yard rushing performances that season.
If Foster is out in the coming weeks, Tate is a must start.
Houston does have a bye in Week 8, so Foster will have some extra time to heal. But if he's forced to miss more time, Tate will face off against the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively.
As a potential featured back in an offense that has talent (despite its struggles), that makes Tate a sturdy RB2 with RB1 upside.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.