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Foster Roasts Barwin

Arian Foster absolutely roasts Connor Barwin on long touchdown catch: Former Texan left flailing at air

Arian Foster absolutely roasts Connor Barwin on long touchdown catch

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Getting Arian Foster into the open field is always a good idea. Whether it's by run, short pass or even the underused deep ball. Photo by Michelle Watson/CultureMapSnap
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Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin went high on this play, but he couldn't deal with Texans running back Arian Foster later. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Nick Foles saw plenty of J.J. Watt in his one quarter of action against the Houston Texans. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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0014 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Texans 34 running with ball
Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
0012 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Eagles coach on sideline with 3 Mark Sanchez
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0011 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Ryan Fitzpatrick sacked by Eagles
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Arian Foster  Texans general
0010_Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Eagles 98 Connor Barwin mid-air.
0013 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Eagles 9 Nick Foles
0015 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Texans 38 trying to strip ball from Eagles 87
0014 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Texans 34 running with ball
0012 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Eagles coach on sideline with 3 Mark Sanchez
0011 Texans vs. Eagles first half November 2014 Ryan Fitzpatrick sacked by Eagles

Even as Arian Foster piled up crazy numbers through eight games, one large question remained. When would Bill O'Brien unleash him on deep wheel routes, the type of downfield patterns that New England running backs like Shane Vereen inflict such damage on?

Sure Foster's been a serious threat in the Houston Texans passing game (arguably the second biggest threat behind only budding star DeAndre Hopkins), but most of his routes are short looks designed to give Ryan Fitzpatrick a safety valve. This approach often seemed like a waste of Foster's game-breaking ability.

Well . . . now the Philadelphia Eagles and everyone else in the NFL know just how much damage Foster can inflict when he's allowed to go deep. The ego of former Texans linebacker Connor Barwin is particularly hurt by the revelatory reminder.

 Connor Barwin never comes close to grabbing any bit of No. 23 jersey. 

For O'Brien sends Foster long against the Eagles and Barwin is left exposed — and flailing at thin air.

When Foster sprints out into the right flat and keeps going rather than cutting off the route after five or 10 yards late in the second quarter, Barwin has no chance. Responsible for Foster in one-on-one coverage, the Eagles linebacker can only vainly dive at him after the catch.

Barwin never comes close to grabbing any bit of No. 23 jersey.

Foster sprints untouched into the end zone for a 56-yard touchdown that ties the game at 14. It's only the fourth longest catch of his career, but it's his longest in almost three years. Yes, Arian Foster is a legitimate deep threat.

As much as Connor Barwin would love to forget it.

Later, Foster has a moment that could haunt the Texans. He pulls up lame without being touched on a run and has to head to the sidelines. It looks like another hamstring injury for the Texans' most indispensable player.

Foster slams his helmet on the ground, staring at an impact afternoon ended much too early.