Slaton is coming off surgery and Ben Tate is a rookie that hasn't signed, so it's not THAT surprising, but Arian Foster is, for now, your starter at running back. Not exactly sure how I feel about this, as I think Slaton's confidence can use a boost or two, but Foster proved he can at least be an effective back in the rotation at the end of last season.
I guess we really haven't had someone with his size and strength at the position and Chick seems to agree: "Arian gives us the size, and he made good decisions at the end of last year," Texans running backs coach Chick Harris told AOL's Dan Graziano. "I think we're in a good spot with Arian starting it off, but I also think Steve Slaton will contribute for us in a lot of ways. As far as youth and talent, I think this is the best group we've had, if we can just keep them healthy."
Here's to the best man winning the competition!