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Arian Foster wants to bounce back for Houston Texans

By almost all statistical measures, Arian Foster had another standout season in 2012.

His 17 total touchdowns led the NFL. He rushed for 1,424 yards. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season.

Still, Foster believes he can be better. The Houston Texans running back has kept a (relatively) low profile, even ending his days as a prolific Twitter user. He's spent the offseason training in Houston.

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"I've just been relaxing," Foster told FOX Sports Southwest (via HoustonTexans.com) last weekend. "I've just been relaxing and working really hard. I think this has probably (been) one of my most intense training offseasons I've had since I've been in the NFL. I just want to bounce back. I didn't feel like I had the best season last year."

Believing he needs to "bounce back" might be a stretch, but it's true that Foster wasn't quite as explosive in 2012. Those 1,424 rushing yards came on a league-high 351 carries. His yards-per-carry average experienced a year-to-year dip from 4.7 to 4.1.

"I set a lot of personal goals, a lot of things that I do," Foster said. "I just didn't feel like I was at my best, and it's gonna change this year. (I've) just refocused and rededicated myself to another level, and hopefully it shows. I'm not traveling. I'm not doing a lot. I'm here in Houston and I'm training."

The Texans finally addressed their No. 2 receiver by drafting DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. If Hopkins can add another dimension to the Texans' offense, that might be the greatest difference-maker in Foster's quest to have an even more productive 2013 season.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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