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D'Onta Foreman impressing but don't measure him 'for a bust in Canton' yet

HOUSTON -- Rookie running back D'Onta Foreman has been an impact player for the Houston Texans in their first two preseason games.

In those two games, he has combined for 93 yards on 16 carries and four catches for 72 yards. He also has the Texans' longest catch -- a 63-yard catch-and-run where he broke several tackles and almost got into the end zone -- and the team's longest run -- a 41-yard gain up the sideline.

"Foreman's done a good job," coach Bill O'Brien said. "Since we've gone to pads, put pads on, Foreman's stood out. That's what he is. He's a first- and second-down back that has decent hands. He can do some things in the passing game, so hopefully that continues."

Foreman is a big, strong back who complements starting running back Lamar Miller well. He will not challenge Miller for the top job, but will help spell the starter, especially early in the season. The Texans depended heavily on Miller and their running game last season. And even though he missed the last two games of the regular season due to injury, Miller still accounted for 59 percent of the Texans' carries in 2016.

Along with making an impact on the ground, Foreman is hoping to prove he can be effective catching passes out of the backfield.

"I feel like I catch the ball well," Foreman said. "I said that coming out of college and I'm able to display that now, so I want to be able to continue to do that moving forward."

While Foreman has been impressive early, O'Brien was quick to point out that those performances did in fact come in the preseason and the third-round pick still has a lot to work on.

"He gets better [each game]," O'Brien said. "He's a long way off, though. That's the second preseason game. I know we got him getting measured for a bust in Canton, but I would say that he's got a long way to go. I think he's got a lot of talent, but I think he's got a long way to go.

"I think he's a good, young player that I think, if he continues to work hard and learn and pay attention in the meetings and do all the things that we're asking him to do -- watch how Lamar [Miller] prepares, watch how Alfred [Blue] prepares -- I think he's learning a lot from those guys. [Running backs coach] Charles London does a good job with those guys. I think that he'll be a good player, but I think this is just one step along the way and hopefully it continues."