Following up on a previous item
. ... In the wake of comments about how he plans to "manage" Foster's workload, HC Bill O'Brien was asked this week how that might happen. "Arian is a very talented guy in a lot of phases," O'Brien said. "He can run the ball, he can catch the ball, he's a good pass protector, he's a smart football player, but you've got to manage him. How do you manage that? You manage him in practice. You manage him in the games." Reported by NFL.com
Foster, who turns 29 in August, was as good as ever last season, rushing for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns on a healthy 4.8 yards per carry average. He added 38 receptions for 327 yards and five touchdowns. All told, Foster had 298 touches over 13 games. But he did miss three games and O'Brien is quick to acknowledge that. "I think any time a player reaches that age of 30 or close to that age of 30, and you know that the guy can still play, you know that he is a very talented player," the coach explained. "That's something we'll always take into account. We communicate with the player. We communicate with Arian. How are you feeling this week? What's ailing you? Things like that. You take a lot of hits at running back in this league. I think we just continue to communicate with Arian and manage it. He's got a lot of good football yet." Fantasy owners should focus on that final sentence.