Reading anything into OTAs is tricky, at best.

No pads, no hitting, no real contact.

But All Pro left tackle Duane Brown said Thursday it’s clear that star running back Arian Foster, a close friend of Brown’s, is quickly returning to form.

“He’s looking good, man,” Brown said Thursday at NRG Stadium, following the sixth day of OTAs and final session this week. “He’s very excited about this year. I’ve gotten a chance to talk to him a few times, just about his role in this offense, and I think he’s looking forward to it and I am, too.”

Foster was limited to just eight games, 542 rushing yards and one touchdown in 2013, due to midseason back surgery.

New coach Bill O’Brien plans to use Foster as much as possible this year in the team’s passing game, potentially bringing the runner back to his 2012 self, when he was one of the league’s top dual threats.