Arian Foster to Dolphins – High Risk – High Reward

Tuesday’s meeting between Arian Foster and the Miami Dolphins, was nothing more than a “get-to-know-you” rather than a “let’s get a deal done” visit, according to Miami Heralds’ Adam Beasley.

Foster, 29, who tore his Achilles in week-6, against none other than the Miami Dolphins, was cut by the Texans this offseason. Ending the Arian Foster era, and leaving the veteran teamless.

Ranked as one of the most productive offensive players in NFL history, Foster’s 115 yards per game from scrimmage, according to ESPN ranks 3rd in the NFL history. Only slightly behind legends of the sport Jim Brown and Barry Sanders.

So why has no one signed the veteran?

Suffering seven significant injuries since 2011, Foster has started in only 25-games in the last 3 seasons. What’s more alarming, about the former undrafted running back from Tennessee, are his 15 significant injuries within a 10-year span.

Arian Foster Injury Time-Table.

2005: Shoulder
2006: Ankle
2006: Ankle
2007: Knee (Surgery) Left Meniscus
2010: Knee Right Meniscus
2011: Torn Hamstring (Surgery)
2012: Chest
2013: Back (Surgery)
2014: Hamstring
2014: Hamstring
2014: Groin
2015: Tore Groin (Surgery)
2015: Tore Achilles (Surgery)

High-Risk Rating: 74%

Marked as a true “High Risk, High Reward” one giant problem of Arian Foster career has been the volume in which Foster carried the ball in Houston. Since 2010, only Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has seen the same amount of carries as Foster, which comes as a shock considering the amount of time Foster has spent off-the-field.

While the Dolphins’ are in no rush to sign Arian Foster, the signing does make sense.

At 10-12 carries per game, Foster is still a multi-functional running back, who’s field vision, athleticism, and pass-catch abilities still place him among the elite caliber-backs.
But that is when, and if Foster can stay healthy.

For the Dolphins and their 2015 30th ranked 3-down completion percentage, the addition of Foster at a “fair-market value” (example: 2-year/ 6-million) adds a level of depth to the Dolphins’ run and pass game.

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In the photo above, Foster (23) sets for a screen on a long 3rd down play.

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Once the play develops, Foster cuts outside stutter steping, and waiting for his blockers to set in-place.

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After finding his blockers, and shedding an initial tackler. Foster uses his field vision, and elusiveness to break several tackles.  The play results in a 12-yard gain.

In plays like the one shown above, coach Adam Gase can use the aggressive runner to fit his offensive system. He adds depth to the running back position that features Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Jahwan Edwards on the roster and also makes sense for a coach who uses multiple backs. Foster’s strong hands also give Gase an option in the slot.

While the time for Arian Foster isn’t exactly right now,  it doesn’t mean the franchise leading rusher for Houston couldn’t be suited for Miami this season.

(Foster has rushed for 6,472 rushing yards and 54 rushing touchdowns in his career).

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