The Panthers added Foreman to deepen their running back group. Given the track record of Christian McCaffrey's health, Foreman isn't a bad player to add late on Draft Day, especially if you take McCaffrey in Round 1. Foreman had 100 yards and/or a touchdown in five of his final six games, but he struggled to maintain consistent efficiency, collecting 10 runs of 12-plus yards and 18 runs of zero or negative yards. It should be assumed that Foreman won't see much work for however long McCaffrey is healthy but may steal a touchdown or two, and then would be a much bigger part of the offense if McCaffrey were to miss time, though Chuba Hubbard will also see playing time. Foreman should be on your mind starting in Round 12 whether you safeguard your investment in McCaffrey, or are just looking for a late-round lottery ticket.
Carolina is hoping Foreman can provide a bigger, more physical complement to Christian McCaffrey and Chuba Hubbard in the backfield in 2022, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports. Foreman was brought aboard this offseason after filling in admirably for the injured Derrick Henry with the Titans in 2021. In nine games, he rushed 133 times for 566 yards (4.3 per carry) and three touchdowns, and he caught nine of 11 targets for 123 more yards. Although Hubbard proved to be a serviceable replacement while McCaffrey missed 10 games last season, he doesn't pack the punch that the 6-foot-1, 236-pound Foreman does. When healthy, McCaffrey should be the focus of Carolina's offense, but given his different skill set, Foreman could carve out a decent-sized complementary role and prove useful in short-yardage situations.
Foreman agreed to terms on a contract with the Panthers on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Foreman was a midseason signing of the Titans last fall as the team looked to fill the void left behind by Derrick Henry, who was lost for the rest of the regular season in Week 8 due to a broken bone in his foot. Foreman seized the opportunity, averaging 4.6 yards on his 137 carries while hauling in nine of 11 targets for 123 yards and scoring three touchdowns in 10 games (including Tennessee's divisional-round loss to the Bengals). With the Panthers, he'll clearly be behind Christian McCaffrey on the depth chart and likely competing with Chuba Hubbard for any backfield touches that remain.
Foreman rushed the ball four times for 66 yards in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round loss to the Bengals. Foreman was relegated to backup duties due to the return of Derrick Henry (foot). Though that limited his opportunities, he was effective when called upon by ripping off gains of 45, 10 and nine yards. Tennessee's season ended in disappointing fashion, but it was very successful for Foreman from a personal perspective. He earned a career-high 133 carries to gain 566 yards and three touchdowns, which came primarily when he served as the team's lead back while Henry was sidelined. Foreman will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent and should finally be able to land a deal and earn a fairly substantial role in a backfield.
Foreman will likely play a reduced role in Saturday's divisional round against the Bengals, as Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports that the Titans have activated Derrick Henry (foot) from injured reserve. Even if Henry's not ready to return to his customary workhorse role right away, he'll likely get the majority of rushing attempts in Tennessee's backfield. Henry should usurp Foreman's early-down role, while Dontrell Hilliard's workload on passing downs will likely remain intact. After topping 20 rushing attempts in three of the past four games, Foreman will be fighting an uphill battle to even reach half that total against Cincinnati.
Foreman rushed the ball 21 times for 69 yards in Sunday's 28-25 win over Houston. He added one reception for 15 yards. Foreman dominated work out of the backfield, out-touching Dontrell Hilliard 21-10. Even so, his production left plenty to be desired, as he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry while failing to find the end zone. His run as the Titans' lead back is also likely to be over as Derrick Henry (foot) has been activated from injured reserve with the expectation that he'll be able to return to the field for the team's postseason run.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||26||20.06|
|3||09/25||New Orleans Saints||2||13.18|
|5||10/09||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.60|
|6||10/16||@Los Angeles Rams||9||14.95|
|7||10/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||14.00|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||14.00|
|18||01/08||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.18|
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|3 Year Avg||78||330||2||5||64||0||51|