The former Texas City Stingaree and Texas Longhorn running back D’Onta Foreman continued to impress in his young rookie campaign for the Houston Texans with 83 total yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 27-23 preseason win against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium.

Foreman first entered the game as a kick returner with 1:55 left in the first half on a kickoff booted through the back of the endzone, and played on five series in the second half on offense, beginning on the Texans’ first possession of the third quarter.

Like in his preseason debut with the team last week, Foreman ran with power, explosiveness and excellent vision, and he once again made the play of the game when he grabbed a short pass from Watson and rumbled 63 yards inside the Patriots’ 5-yard line to set up a short touchdown run by Watson.

With the defense keyed in on Foreman, a slick fake handoff to Foreman gave Watson a wide-open 2-yard sprint into the endzone.

The only disappointing thing about Foreman in the game was that he only got to play two possessions with the rookie QB and former Clemson star Watson. Boy, what a tandem those two could be.

Now some will be quick to point out that Foreman was going up against second- and third-string defenders. But, he’s also running behind second- and third-string offensive linemen and is on the field with other skill position players who might not even make the team.

And that does bring up this point — why not let Foreman get some time with the first-teamers at some point this preseason? He’s already shown to be every bit as talented as any running back on the current Texans roster (and that includes incumbent starter Lamar Miller).

Foreman has the potential to be a major upgrade at running back for the Texans, if given a chance. So, give it to him. After all, it’s just the preseason.


• Especially thin at the receiver position with Will Fuller’s broken collarbone injury sidelining the projected starter long-term, a player seemingly nobody wanted a couple weeks ago made his case as the answer to the Texans’ WR woes.

Recently-signed receiver Bruce Ellington made multiple impressive catches Saturday night, including three receptions on the very first drive of the game. A 2014 third-round pick out of South Carolina, the college teammate of Texans star WR DeAndre Hopkins was waived by the San Francisco 49ers and waived again by the New York Jets roughly two weeks ago before being signed last week by a Texans team in need of warm bodies at wideout.

Ellington finished the game with four receptions for 93 yards

• Quarterback Tom Savage had a second straight strong preseason outing, going 8-for-9 with 98 yards and a touchdown, while the rookie QB Watson looked, well, a little more like a rookie than in last week’s preseason opener (3-for-10, 102 yards passing).

While I still contend Watson is the better of the two and any delay to his ascension to the starting QB position is unnecessary, Savage is doing everything possible to earn a Week 1 start. But, never forget that Brock Osweiler looked great in the preseason last year, too.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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