RSP Boiler Room No.47: RB D’onta Foreman (Texas)

Matt Waldman's RSP boiler room evaluates Texas Running Back D'onta Foreman's 2017 NFL skills & Fantasy Football Value

Matt Waldman's RSP boiler room evaluates Texas Running Back D'onta Foreman's 2017 NFL skills & Fantasy Football Value

There are a lot of good things to say about D’onta Foreman’s game. I’ll be featuring a couple of those things in the next episode. This time, we’re looking at a moment of mistaken identity on Foreman’s part. 

I enjoyed watching D’onta Foreman this week. The 6’1″, 249-pound running back has traits I like.

He has good feet for a man of his size. His stiff-arm is active and effective against all three levels of the defense. And he has the kind of balance to bounce off hits to his legs by linebackers and safeties.

Although Foreman knows he’s powerful, there are moments where he still too confident in his home run ability. Give him a crease and he can do damage, but he’s a young man who doesn’t fully know who he is as a runner.

Part of learning who you are is learning who you aren’t. This run against Cal is a good example of a player who wasn’t learned that yet.

Foreman sees the home run opportunity and probably exploited it consistently at the high school level. He has to learn that his speed and quickness aren’t “good enough” but not the greatest strengths of his game.

Next time, we’ll look at positives from Foreman’s game.

Note: I received a comment about this episode that’s worth noting. Here it is, along with my response:

This is an off tackle run. And he regularly out runs Dbacks. To say he has no right to think he can bounce outside and run with the smaller guys and break that edge takes all credibility from how much you know. most backs who bounce this with the penetration by the D end don’t stiff arm off and then out run the Will side backer to the edge. You’re downing him for turning a broken play and turning it into positive yards. That’s a 7 yard swing were talking here. And watch most of his film, you’ll see that he follows his line with patience and has the speed to explode through the secondary while dragging defenders. part of why he has the longest 100 yard game streak in the country right now.

Kevin, There is a strong possibility that this is an off-tackle zone. If it is, then you are correct because the context of the play entirely changes. At the same time, it has a very similar look to an ISO that is designed to go to the right side of the double team. If it is an off-tackle zone, then he didn’t make a bad decision at all. If it is an ISO and he avoided the backer to bounce outside, then my point stands. There’s no denying Foreman is a fine athlete and has NFL athletic ability. It’s about the context of the situation. If the context you present is correct, then I was mistaken. It happens. I’ve seen and profiled additional aspects about Foreman’s game that indicate what you stated. But if this is a variation of an ISO then the decision-making was questionable despite the success he’s had with his speed at the college level. I’ve seen it a ton with backs like Spiller, Maroney, Charles, and McCoy. Each needed to mature at this specific decision-making point and only two of them grew from it. Based on how Foreman immediately looks for a crease inside the DE, I’m inclined to agree with you that it was an off tackle zone and it means the context I presented doesn’t apply. Thanks for pointing it out.

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