Donta Foreman

Carolina Panthers
Running Back #27
Carolina Panthers
Running Back #27
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Donta Foreman News

Joining Carolina

The Panthers and Foreman agreed to terms of a contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Foreman was a midseason signing of the Titans last fall as the team looked to fill the void in the backfield left behind by Derrick Henry, who was lost for the rest of the regular season Week 8 due to a broken bone in his foot. Foreman eventually took the the opportunity and ran with it, averaging 4.6 yards on his 137 carries, hauling in nine of 11 targets for 123 yards and scoring three touchdowns in 10 games (including Tennessee's divisional-round loss to the Bengals). With the Panthers, he'll clearly be behind Christian McCaffrey on the depth chart, likely competing with Chuba Hubbard for any RB reps that linger.

Mar 15, 2022 3:41 PM EST

Produces in relief

Foreman rushed the ball four times for 66 yards in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Foreman was relegated to backup duties due to the return of Derrick Henry (foot). Though that limited his opportunities, he was effective when called upon by ripping off gains of 45, 10 and nine yards. Tennessee's season ended in disappointing fashion, but it was very successful for Foreman from a personal perspective. He earned a career-high 133 carries to gain 566 yards and three touchdowns, which came primarily when he served as the team's lead back while Henry was sidelined. Foreman will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent and should find be able to land a deal and earn a fairly substantial role in a backfield.

Jan 22, 2022 8:03 PM EST

Drop in touches expected

Foreman will likely play a reduced role in Saturday's divisional round against the Bengals, as Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports that the Titans have activated Derrick Henry (foot) from injured reserve.

Analysis: Even if Henry's not ready to return to his customary workhorse role right away, he'll likely get the majority of rushing attempts in Tennessee's backfield. Henry will usurp Foreman's early-down role, while Dontrell Hilliard's workload on passing downs will likely remain intact. After topping 20 rushing attempts in three of the past four games, Foreman will be fighting an uphill battle to even reach half that total against Cincinnati.

Jan 21, 2022 1:17 PM EST

Can't get going

Foreman rushed the ball 21 times for 69 yards in Sunday's 28-25 win over Houston. He added one reception for 15 yards.

Analysis: Foreman dominated work out of the backfield, out-touching Dontrell Hilliard 21-10. Even so, his production left plenty to be desired, as he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry while failing to find the end zone. His run as the Titans' lead back is also likely to be over as Derrick Henry (foot) has been activated from injured reserve with the expectation that he'll be able to return to the field for the team's postseason run.

Jan 9, 2022 4:44 PM EST

Big bounceback effort

Foreman rushed the ball 26 times for 132 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Foreman continued to handle the lead-back role for Tennessee, though he bounced back in a big way from a disappointing Week 16 performance. He benefited from game script from a volume perspective to log a career-high 26 carries. However, Foreman also made the most of his opportunity by ripping off big gains of 35 and 14 yards in addition to a 21-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Though the Titans use three backs, Foreman has managed to top 100 rushing yards in three of his last five games heading into a Week 18 matchup against the Texans.

Jan 2, 2022 6:16 PM EST

Touchdown salvages poor performance

Foreman recorded nine carries for 17 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 20-17 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Foreman narrowly led the Titans' backfield by accounting for nine of the team's 24 rushing attempts. However, he was out-gained by both Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard, with Foreman's longest rush of the day going for only eight yards. Adding to the disappointing effort was the fact that Foreman did not earn a target after posting multiple receptions in each of his last two contests. Even given all those negatives, Foreman managed to salvage his performance on three-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. While the disappointing effort casts some doubt on Foreman's ability to produce in a Week 17 matchup against Miami, he is still likely to remain the lead back in Tennessee.

Dec 23, 2021 9:15 PM EST

Full practice Tuesday

Foreman (ankle) practiced in full Tuesday, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: Foreman opened Week 16 prep with a limited showing at Monday's walkthrough, so bumping up to all activity one day later more or less clears him for Thursday's game against the 49ers. Over the last six contests, Foreman racked up 85 touches while Dontrell Hilliard and Jeremy McNichols combined for 79 touches during that span.

Dec 21, 2021 3:45 PM EST

Tending to ankle issue

Foreman was limited by an ankle injury at Monday's walkthrough, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: Foreman has built himself up to have the upper hand in the Titans backfield in the wake of Derrick Henry hitting injured reserve due to a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Since joining the team ahead of a Week 9 matchup with the Rams, Foreman has 85 touches for 456 yards and one rushing TD in six games. Meanwhile, Dontrell Hilliard and Jeremy McNichols have combined for 79 touches during that span. The team may just be managing Foreman's health with a Thursday game versus the Cardinals on the docket. Still, his status should be monitored to ensure he's available Week 15.

Dec 20, 2021 4:30 PM EST

Tops 100 yards

Foreman recorded 22 rushes for 108 yards in Sunday's 19-13 loss to Pittsburgh. He added two receptions for 27 yards.

Analysis: Foreman dominated work out of Tennessee's backfield with Dontrell Hilliard seeing only nine rushes and Jeremy McNichols six. Foreman took advantage of the opportunity, racking up chunk gains of 20 and 12 yards to top 100 rushing yards for the second time in his last three games. While Hillard served as the primary pass catcher out of the backfield, Foreman has also chipped in multiple receptions for the second consecutive contest. The only thing missing from Foreman's effort was a trip to the end zone, though he has also established himself as the team's goal line back.

Dec 19, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Serves as lead back

Foreman recorded 13 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-0 win over the Jaguars. He also added two receptions on two targets for 15 yards.

Analysis: Foreman accounted for 13 of the Titans' 34 rushing attempts, though no other back on the team surpassed eight carries. He wasn't particularly efficient as he managed only 3.6 yards per carry and his longest gain went for only eight yards. However, Foreman did manage to find the end zone on the Titans' first offensive possession, punching in an attempt from five yards away. Since being promoted to Tennessee's active roster in Week 9, Foreman has topped 60 total yards in three of four games.

Dec 12, 2021 4:32 PM EST

Shines in Week 12 loss

Foreman rushed 19 times for 109 yards, brought in his only target for three yards and lost a fumble in the Titans' 36-13 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Analysis: With a makeshift receiving corps, the Titans turned heavily toward the run with success. Foreman was one of the beneficiaries, consistently ripping off solid gains, including a 30-yard scamper. With backfield mate Dontrell Hilliard actually outpacing Foreman with 131 yards on 12 carries, it will be interesting to see what the division of labor in the Tennessee ground attack looks like during a Week 14 home matchup versus the Jaguars following a Week 13 bye.

Nov 28, 2021 3:52 PM EST

Likely to lead ground attack

Foreman is expected to receive the "bulk of the carries" for the Titans in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Following the Titans' decision to waive Adrian Peterson earlier this week, Foreman looks poised to serve as the No. 1 option on the ground for Tennessee, at least until Derrick Henry (foot) potentially returns from injured reserve in the final weeks of the regular season. With Peterson out of the mix and Jeremy McNichols (concussion) sidelined for the second week in a row, Dontrell Hilliard is the only competition Foreman will face for backfield reps Sunday, but the 5-foot-11, 202-pound Hilliard is seemingly being earmarked for a change-of-pace and passing-down role rather than challenging for a lead role as a runner. Even though Foreman is in line to receive the start, his snap count and usage will ultimately hinge on the game script. If the Titans fall behind early against New England and are forced into catchup mode -- like they were in last week's loss to the Texans -- Foreman could struggle to get more than 10 carries Sunday.

Nov 28, 2021 6:40 AM EST

Set to suit up Sunday

Foreman (tricep), who was listed as limited on Titans injury reports this week, doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in New England, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow running back Jeremy McNichols (concussion) didn't practice at all this week and will miss a second consecutive contest, leaving Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard to man Tennessee's backfield Sunday. In three appearances for the team, Foreman has hovered between 18 and 36 percent of offensive snaps, but that number may increase with just two RBs available to the offense. Overall, he's averaged 3.7 yards on his 23 carries and gathered in all three targets for 63 yards. When the Titans went pass-heavy this past Sunday against the Texans due to facing a large deficit, Hilliard was the back to prosper, tallying seven carries for 35 yards and eight catches (on 10 targets) for 47 yards on a 63 percent snap share.

Nov 26, 2021 1:28 PM EST

Limited at practice Wednesday

Foreman (tricep) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow running back Jeremy McNichols (concussion) didn't practice and with Adrian Peterson no longer in the mix, Dontrell Hilliard currently profiles as the Titans' top healthy backfield option. Assuming Foreman is able to play Sunday against the Patriots, he'd be in line to share work with Hilliard, with Rodney Smith a candidate to be elevated from the team's practice squad should McNichols remain sidelined this weekend.

Nov 24, 2021 3:21 PM EST

Struggles against Texans

Foreman recorded seven carries for 25 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Texans. He added one reception for 15 yards

Analysis: A week after leading the Titans in carries, Foreman slipped behind Adrian Peterson's workload of nine carries. That could have been in part due to Foreman's ineffectiveness, as he managed to average 3.6 yards per carry with his longest rush going for a gain of only nine. Since joining the Titans in Week 9, Foreman has recorded 23 carries for 84 yards across three games.

Nov 21, 2021 8:45 PM EST

Leads backfield

Foreman carried the ball 11 times for 30 yards in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Saints. He added two receptions for 48 yards.

Analysis: Foreman led the Titans' backfield with 11 carries, and he out-paced Adrian Peterson both in opportunity and production on the ground. However, his primary contributions came on receptions of 39 and nine yards. Foreman has quickly found himself in a significant role with the Titans both as a rusher and pass catcher, as he now has 16 rushing attempts and two receptions in a pair of games with the team. Despite his relatively secure role in the offense, Foreman is still stuck in a three-way split in the Titans' backfield, limiting his potential for volume moving forward.

Nov 14, 2021 8:10 PM EST

Sees five carries

Foreman recorded five rushes for 29 yards in Sunday's 28-16 win over the Rams.

Analysis: After signing with Tennessee earlier in the week, Foreman finished third on the team in carries behind Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols in the absence of Derrick Henry (foot). Foreman was fairly effective in his opportunities, racking up gains of 11 and eight yards on the ground. It's likely that he will remain in line for at least some work going forward, though it appears the Titans are willing to utilize a split between Peterson, McNichols and Foreman out of the backfield.

Nov 8, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Bumped up from practice squad

Foreman was signed to the active roster Saturday, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: Foreman signed to the practice squad Nov. 2 after Derrick Henry (foot) was placed on IR on Nov. 1. With the Titans also adding Adrian Peterson, it is likely Foreman will file in behind Jeremy McNichols and Peterson on the depth chart Sunday against the Rams.

Nov 6, 2021 1:03 PM EST

Joins Tennessee's practice squad

Foreman was signed to the Titans' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Foreman joins fellow running back Dontrell Hilliard on the Titans' practice squad, and both are candidates to be elevated to the active roster with Derrick Henry expected to be out for an extended period. The Texas product was with Tennessee last season and carried the rock 22 times for 95 yards across six appearances. Nonetheless, Jeremy McNichols and recently acquired Adrian Peterson are likely to operate as the lead backs, with Foreman and Hilliard merely acting as depth option.

Nov 2, 2021 10:35 AM EST

Works out for Washington

Foreman worked out for Washington on Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Foreman was released from the Falcons' practice squad in early September, but he'll have a chance to secure a role with Washington. The 2017 third-rounder totaled 22 carries for 95 yards across six appearances with the Titans last year.

Sep 20, 2021 8:38 AM EST

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