So far, the 27-year-old running back grades himself positively on both counts.
"I'm back," Foster said Wednesday night of his back injury that cost him eight games in 2013, per the Houston Chronicle. "I didn't want it to happen. You can't ever plan for something like that, but it's just part of the game, and you have to deal with it."
Health is not the only stumbling block for the starting running back, who will be learning a new offense under coach Bill O'Brien.
"So far, I really like it," Foster said. "It's very versatile. Coach O'Brien has expressed to me how he wants to use me out of the backfield. That's one of my strengths."
Utilizing Foster in the passing game plays to his strengths. Foster sports good hands and, during his breakout seasons in 2010 and 2011, he had 604 and 611 yards receiving respectively. Then the Texans' offense completely bottomed out.