Way, way back in January, I identified D’Onta Foreman as a potential free agent addition for the Falcons, given his youth, overlap with Arthur Smith briefly in Tennessee and potential as a power back. Once Mike Davis joined the team I figured a Foreman signing was significantly less likely, but it appears that scenario is not entirely off the table.
Per Adam Schefter, the team is hosting Foreman for a visit today during the first padded practices at training camp. We’ll see if he joins the roster after that visit or not.
Former Texans’ and Titans’ RB D'Onta Foreman is visiting today with the Atlanta Falcons.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2021
Foreman was a Texans draft pick who played in 10 games his rookie season, piling up 327 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground and 83 yards through the air as a part-time player in 10 games. Unfortunately for him, during his best game of the season he tore his Achilles and missed the rest of the 2017 season and most of the 2018 season, and the Texans somewhat surprisingly cut him the following summer citing what they called poor work habits. He would get injured in Colts training camp that summer and wound up sitting out the 2019 season before returning in 2020 to the Titans, getting 22 carries and turning those into 95 yards on the ground.
He’s still just 25 and is a hard-charging runner, but obviously his injury history alone means Foreman is unlikely to be counted on for a major role in Atlanta if he does sign. The youth and ability that once made Foreman a really interesting reserve for the Texans is still there, though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he spends the rest of the summer with the Falcons pushing for a role. It’s not stunning that Smith would be interested in checking in on him given the team has a relatively small number of backs in camp, but with Qadree Ollison and Caleb Huntley faring well in non-padded practices, it’ll be interesting to try to suss out who Foreman would be pushing for a job if he does join up.
I’d expect to know in the next day or two if Foreman does sign, so stay tuned.