The Chicago Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 16-13 thanks to D’Onta Foreman scoring the game-winning touchdown. He finished the game with 80 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown.
Foreman has proven to be one of the most underrated backs in the NFL. He has proven time and time again that he can step up when your number one back is out. Here’s an in-depth look at his underrated career.
The Chicago Bears running back started his career with Houston.
The Houston Texans drafted D’Onta Foreman in the 3rd round, 89th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Foreman appeared in ten games during his rookie season, recording 327 yards on 78 carries and two touchdowns. Foreman suffered a season-ending Achilles tear in Week 11.
The Texans placed D’Onta on the PUP list to start the 2018 season to recover from his torn Achilles. They activated him off the PUP list on December 4. He appeared in one regular season game, recording -1 yards on seven carries.
Houston waived Foreman because of poor working habits and being late to team meetings on August 4, 2019. Indianapolis claimed him off waivers on August 5. He suffered a season-ending torn bicep on August 19. Indianapolis waived him on August 24.
Foreman’s first stint with Tennessee started in 2020.
The Tennessee Titans signed Foreman to their practice squad on September 29, 2020. Tennessee promoted him to the active roster on November 7. Foreman appeared in six games as the backup to Derrick Henry, finishing the season with 95 yards on 22 carries.
Foreman’s second stint with Tennessee started in 2021.
After spending time with Atlanta, Tennessee signed Foreman to the practice squad after Derrick Henry suffered a broken bone in his foot. Tennessee promoted him to the active roster shortly after signing to their practice squad. Foreman appeared in nine games, starting in three, recording 566 yards on 133 carries and three touchdowns. He also had 66 yards on four carries in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Foreman signed with Carolina in 2022.
Foreman signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers during the 2022 offseason. Foreman opened the season as the backup to Christian McCaffrey. Carolina traded McCaffrey to San Francisco, and Foreman took over as the starter for the rest of the season, finishing with 914 yards on 203 carries and five touchdowns.
Foreman found a new home during the offseason.
Chicago signed Foreman to a one-year contract during the 2023 offseason. After playing in the season opener, he was a healthy scratch for the next four games.
Injuries to starting running back Khalil Herbert and rookie Roschon Johnson allowed Foreman to get significant playing time. Foreman started the last five games, recording 351 rushing yards on 81 carries and three rushing touchdowns in that span. Foreman has 367 rushing yards on 86 carries and three touchdowns. He also has nine receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown this season.
Foreman is a talented back. When someone in the lineup gets injured or traded, he steps up and saves the day. Once Khalil Herbert is healthy, Chicago should continue to feature D’Onta Foreman in the lineup.
Foreman is set to be an unrestricted free agent during the 2024 offseason. He is an affordable and reliable running back in this league.
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