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[edited title] Robert Foster, UDFA - Roster shot?

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1 hour ago, Rocky Landing said:

Which, I guess, is another way of saying he isn't top talent?

 

 

You just don't know with players. Which is why I always say take the wait and see approach.

 

Foster will get his chance

 

Allen Hurns made his mark at UDFA in 2014 on a terrible Jacksonville WR corps. So, who knows.

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Foster clearly has the talent to contribute.

As I said earlier in this thread, it really will come down to whether or not he can be a quality contributor on special teams. If so, he can carve out a spot on the 53 man roster. If not, he'll be a practice squad candidate at best.

One thing I've learned over the years is to not get my hopes up too high for "UDFA STEAL RECEIVERS!!!!!!!". Martin Nance, Da'Rick Rogers, and Brandon Reilly all say "hello".

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Alabama didn't have a great passing game this year. He has talent. Hopefully he can refine his game.

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On 5/12/2018 at 9:38 AM, napmaster said:

Didn't see this in the thread yet, so I'll add to the hype:

 

Why some teams didn't want Foster at the Combine:

https://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2018/02/why_some_nfl_teams_didnt_want.html

 

One of Foster's nicknames at Alabama: "The Road Runner."

On a team full of fast players, Foster was arguably the fastest.

 

"He's a freakish athlete," Evans said. "He can do some things that, you'll look at some of these guys at the combine and be like 'OK, they're good' but then you'll see Robert and be like 'Why isn't he like top-five?' ... A lot of people are going to be surprised by what he does."



Which is why those NFL teams probably no longer believe that they'll be able to land Foster late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

 

So if teams did not knowledge of him in combine why did no one draft him?  Seems the writer as doing the agent's job pushing player.

On 5/1/2018 at 2:14 AM, Hapless Bills Fan said:

He could play. 

SF signed him to a 3 year contract last spring, then cut him before the season.  Why?

Jets signed him.  He was suspended 4 games for PED and cut.

 

When he did play, wasn't he always on again off again?  Some weeks he looked great, others he couldn't hang onto anything?

 

Maybe they should do an eye test on him.

Why do I get impression when Beane signed him he told Brian Daboll:

I thought "What the hell, maybe he'd be useful to you like a gerbil." Never thought you'd pick him.

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On 5/13/2018 at 2:49 PM, Logic said:

The thing that football fans always, always, always seem to forget about these Preseason UDFA star wide receivers is this: To make the roster as the 5th or 6th receiver, you HAVE to be able to play special teams. It's arguably more important than being able to contribute in the passing game. It's why Brandon Reilly spent last year on the practice squad rather than the active roster. He wasn't productive on special teams.

So in terms of Robert Foster, he'd better be ready to contribute on special teams. If he's not, he'd need to unseat one of Benjamin, Jones, Kerley, Holmes, or even the two drafted kids -- McCloud and Proehl. I'm not saying he can't do it. I hope he DOES do it. But he's got to contribute in two of the three facets of the game to stick.

 

Foster is 6'2" 194, I don't think he is competing against two undersized slot receivers. Who do we have on the outside?

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5 hours ago, Sky Diver said:

 

Foster is 6'2" 194, I don't think he is competing against two undersized slot receivers. Who do we have on the outside?

Agreed. I think Foster has a great chance to make this team. I really think he just has to beat out Reilly, Streater, Dupre...not quite the biggest hill to climb. 

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4 minutes ago, MrEpsYtown said:

Agreed. I think Foster has a great chance to make this team. I really think he just has to beat out Reilly, Streater, Dupre...not quite the biggest hill to climb. 

 

He was a 5* recruit so he has talent. The main knock is his lack of production, but he was on a team that didn't have a great passing attack. He was in the shadow of Calvin Ridley.

 

He could be a gem. Time will tell.

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10 hours ago, Sky Diver said:

 

Foster is 6'2" 194, I don't think he is competing against two undersized slot receivers. Who do we have on the outside?


He is competing to make the roster as a wide receiver, PERIOD.

Benjamin
Jones
Kerley
Holmes

are likely making the roster. That leaves two spots at most. I'd LOVE it if Foster beat out Andre Holmes and could contribute on special teams and offense. Time will tell if he can do it.

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On 5/1/2018 at 5:14 AM, thenorthremembers said:

Not sure Foster makes the team.  Not a productive guy in college, and the speed stuff is a bit overblown.  Of the long shots I think Cam Phillips has a better shot, but the competition in camp should be fun to watch.

 

 

 

I would think Daboll would know best how productive he can be. The fact he's here should tell you something.

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3 hours ago, PromoTheRobot said:

 

I would think Daboll would know best how productive he can be. The fact he's here should tell you something.

I see your point.  However, that same point would make me question why he wasnt more productive under Daboll in college.

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Just now, thenorthremembers said:

I see your point.  However, that same point would make me question why he wasnt more productive under Daboll in college.

As stated earlier, the fact that Foster chose Buffalo knowing Daboll was running the show is one thing, and the fact that Daboll talked Foster up enough to McD and Beane so that they signed him ahead of other teams is another equally significant thing. The fact they both happened simultaneously is reason to believe this guy has a lot of untapped talent. There is also a very believable reason that he didn't put up good numbers. 

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On 5/15/2018 at 3:37 PM, Sky Diver said:

Alabama didn't have a great passing game this year. He has talent. Hopefully he can refine his game.

Was their passing game limited due to the QB more than anything though?   I kind of think it was after watching two very separate halves of football in the National title game. 

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29 minutes ago, Soda Popinski said:

Was their passing game limited due to the QB more than anything though?   I kind of think it was after watching two very separate halves of football in the National title game. 

 

Yes, Hurts is a good runner, but not a pocket passer.

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Just now, Sky Diver said:

 

Yes, Hurts is a good runner, but not a pocket passer.

I think if Daboll had been able to run the offense through the QB he wanted it would have been much different.   This year I think he's got cart Blanche with the QBs, or at least he and McDermott have a clearly mapped out path of development for Allen.  

 

And I like that Daboll was in on that process of evaluating Allen.   If this goes right he'll be a head coach in a few years.   And I do believe Foster is a not so under the radar sleeper to make the 53.  

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I’d be surprised if he actually made the roster but I guess if you want to fight for a job then you’d probably have a better chance here.

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I initially read this as Robert Foster got shot. That is all. 

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This is the speed we need...badly. we need to find more speed besides Foster.

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On 5/16/2018 at 1:04 PM, MrEpsYtown said:

Agreed. I think Foster has a great chance to make this team. I really think he just has to beat out Reilly, Streater, Dupre...not quite the biggest hill to climb. 

...4.41 forty an't too bad....

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On 5/21/2018 at 8:06 PM, Jaywrizzo said:

This is the speed we need...badly. we need to find more speed besides Foster.

We have several 4.4 guys on the team......how many do we need?

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Happened to catch the interview with Chris Brown on One Bills Live Friday.  Chris said that Foster has impressed in practice and is a really good route runner.  He said Saban's knock on Foster was that he lacked Football IQ - the ability to slightly adjust routes slightly based on what he viewed from the D to get open.  Chris also said that Ray Ray McCloud has flashed some deep ability.  The interview is at about the 1 hour 40 minute of the show.

 

http://www.buffalobills.com/video/audio/OBL-68-AJ-McCarron-on-adjusting-to-Buffalo-Chris-Brown-on-Josh-Allen-at-OTAs/b6e2cdef-17c6-4b13-85a3-941e736b9a43

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On 5/1/2018 at 6:56 AM, TheyCallMeAndy said:

Kid had 35 catches for 389 yards and 3 TDs IN HIS CAREER.

 

Lets slow the hype train down a little bit, he'll be lucky to make the practice squad.

 

Yeah, I’m not sure I understand the hype around him. Very little production in college. I will admit that I only saw him play a few times, so my opinion doesn’t matter much. What is it that people see in Foster??

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Just now, Maynard said:

 

Yeah, I’m not sure I understand the hype around him. Very little production in college. I will admit that I only saw him play a few times, so my opinion doesn’t matter much. What is it that people see in Foster??

He's pretty tall and reasonably fast. I am just surmising that Daboll thinks he has a shot and that is why we brought him in.

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