On Monday night football we saw Houston Texans running back Ben Tate wave off Arian Foster during the game as the two fought over carries in a 31-28 win over the San Diego Chargers. At first it was unfathomable that Foster’s back up would wave him off.
“They’re competitors, and both want to be on the field,” head coach Gary Kubiak said as he explained the rivalry between the two.
Foster carried the ball 18 times for 57 yards or 3.2 yards per carry. Tate was more efficient Monday night, nearly doubled those numbers running the ball 9 times for 55 yards and a 6.1 yards per carry average. Kubiak wishes he would’ve split the reps more evenly.
“I wish it would have come out a little more closer to even; I think I said that after the game,” Kubiak said, via ESPN. “Obviously, it was Arian’s first time out this year. He didn’t play any in the preseason. I think Ben’s had an excellent preseason. I want to keep it somewhat close right now and watch them working to [see] what’s going on.”
In the game as a whole Foster was on the field for 55 snaps and got 24 touches that added up to 90 total yards. Tate was on the field for 20 snaps, with 11 touches and 62 total yards. Tate might force his way on the field.