Arian Foster Injury: Will Ben Tate Dazzle in Foster's Absence?

Joe IannelloAnalyst IIISeptember 11, 2011

HOUSTON - AUGUST 20:  Running back Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans breaks loose from a tackle by linebacker Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints at Reliant Stadium on August 20, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Arian Foster of the Houston Texans is out for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts and that may mean trouble for Houston. Sleve Slaton and Derrick Ward will undoubtedly see some of the carries for the Texans, as both running backs have eclipsed 1,000 yards at one point in their career.

The running back on the roster who has never rushed for 1,000 yards in his career is the back who will break out, however. Ben Tate is back healthy after suffering an injury in the Texans first preseason game. The second-round pick in the 2010 draft will have a huge day against the Colts.

During the preseason, Tate topped 100 yards and averaged over seven yards per carry behind a very good Houston Texans line. The Colts have two of the best pass-rushers in the game in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis and they love to rush wide and up-field.

Tate will gash the Colts as they will look to get after Matt Schaub and double-cover Andre Johnson. The zone-blocking scheme of the Texans has enabled whichever player that lines up in the backfield to be successful and Tate will be no different.

He has good hands and will be a force out of the backfield as well. Tate would be a starter on many NFL teams and the fact that he is sitting behind Arian Foster is nothing to be ashamed about.

Foster is a top-five running back who is a proven work-horse. Tate is 219 lbs and is built like a brick house. He has the speed and elusiveness to thrive in a Texans offense that can run and pass on any given down.

Tate has great speed and he has always been a player that makes one-cut and then hits the hole. That is what the Houston Texans zone-scheme is designed for.

The injury to Arian Foster may be a blessing in disguise, as it enables Tate to break out and give the Texans another option behind Foster. Slaton, Tate and Foster would give the Texans a true three-headed monster that would be devastating for opposing offenses that already have to deal with Schaub, Johnson, Owen Daniels, Terrance Tolliver, etc.

Ben Tate was a great selection by the Houston Texans and he will dazzle in Week 1 against the rival Indianapolis Colts.