Cut in the preseason, D’Onta Foreman gets last laugh against Falcons

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The Falcons were outmatched in every facet of the game on Thursday Night Football against the Panthers. Atlanta’s defensive and offensive lines were dominated; the tackling was shaky at best. Even the special teams were atrocious. And D’Onta Foreman led the way for the Carolina offense, much like he did in the first contest.

Foreman spent time in Atlanta with the Falcons in Arthur Smith’s first season at the helm. A former third-round pick by the Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Texas product has had quite the journey to get where he’s at now. With Houston in 2017 and 2018, Foreman appeared in just 11 games, logging 85 carries for 326 yards and two touchdowns.

Then, he signed with Tennessee, which is where his connection to Arthur Smith originated. From 2020 to 2021, Foreman appeared in 15 games, totaling 155 carries for 661 yards and three touchdowns. Following his time in Tennessee, he spent time in camp with the Falcons but was cut in the preseason. Fast forward to now, and he’s getting the last laugh against Atlanta.

Since trading Christian McCaffrey, Carolina has turned to Foreman as the lead back, and he’s taken the opportunity and (literally) ran. In four games shouldering the load, he’s totaled 389 yards and four touchdowns on 79 attempts. To make matters worse, 248 yards and all four of those touchdowns came against the Falcons.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire
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