The coaching staff has promised to utilize backup Ben Tate more this season to keep Foster fresh. It's a wise plan. Foster is coming off three seasons of heavy workloads and alarming 2012 declines in yards per carry and yards per reception.
» Safety Ed Reed is expected to return to the team this weekend after visiting a hip specialist in Vail, Colo., for the final time. Per La Canfora, those who know Reed well would not be shocked by a Week 1 return.
» Receiver Keshawn Martin, the team's fourth-round pick last year, has made "the best jump from Year 1 to Year 2" that Schaub has seen in 10 NFL seasons.